Have you been struggling to find peace and calm through all the Social Distancing and COVID-19 news?
My anxiety…if you want to call it that…comes and goes in waves. Part of my struggle is not wandering. I feel at my best surrounded by trees, watching the wildlife, and listening to birds sing.
Yes. There is a beautiful, magical park nearby. I love being there. It helps so much. There’s just something about the sound of constant traffic that takes away from the peacefulness.
Yesterday, for the first time in what feels like ages, my friend Sarah and I drove 24 miles out of Cheyenne to Curt Gowdy State Park. It was exactly what I needed.
There are so many paths to wander. From Easy to Moderate to Advanced. Since it was my first time out there, we opted for a Moderate trail, Crow Creek. It wasn’t too steep or treacherous. Having not been to the gym in months and not having anywhere near 20/20 vision, I was perfectly okay with that!
Oh my gosh though. The absolute beauty and energy of this place! So refreshing. The nice part about taking a relatively doable path was being able to soak in all our surroundings.
It brought such peace and calm to my uncertain mind. There were several times we just stopped to take it all in. We wandered by a few little rapids or tiny waterfalls. We choose to stop and have a small snack between two of them. The sound of water is so soothing to my soul.
There is a larger one, Hidden Falls, farther along the trail. We didn’t make it that far though. The trail became Advanced and I didn’t want to take my chances.
I am lucky enough to live in Wyoming which has been less affected by COVID-19 than other states. I am so grateful that I was able to get out of town and be surrounded by nature. I wanted to share these photos. Partly as a fun adventure I had. But, more so, for those who are unable to wander in nature. I know these photos don’t do it justice. Maybe it brought you a smile and a little peace, though.
As we were driving through the remainder of the park, Sarah spotted some tiny cabins being built! They are on a hill overlooking the water. What a stunning view. My Partner In Adventure doesn’t know it yet, but I may be staying the night as soon as they are available!
Thank you for taking the time to Wander Curt Gowdy State Park with me. If you enjoyed my post, please, hit the star and leave a comment!
If you, like me, love wandering amongst the trees, check out Wandering Hammock Park! Acres and acres of beautiful old trees near the Gulf Coast in Florida.