Travel Surprises

One of my favorite things about traveling is the surprises we find along the way.

I usually start out with loose guidelines as to where I’m going, where I’m staying and when.  I try to find multiple stops along the way to allow for the most flexibility.  Sometimes my plan or guideline consists of “drive from point A to point C with an overnight stop at as yet to be found point B”. 

That plan formula was how I found myself camping in Medicine Bow National Forest on my way from Yellowstone National Park to Denver, Colorado.  I had pulled out my map, pinpointed a few tent icons at a likely stopping point (ie along fifty miles of my route) and checked them out til I found one that was still open for the season, affordable and attractive. 

After finding my campsite, I went for a hike and found, just around the bend, this amazing view. 

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And in the morning….

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Of all of the places I’ve randomly found in my journies, this is one of the locations I most look forward to exploring further.  And it serves as a valuable reminder that sometimes its more than ok to skimp on the planning.

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