I hope you followed along via Instagram, for my wild, western, epic Wyoming adventure, but if you didn’t, never fear. I’m going to give you all the details — here and now — in part one. And, if you want to catch up on the adventures of everyone in the squad, check out the hashtag, #WYinNov, across all social media platforms.
When *Travel Wyoming contacted me about this trip, I was excited, to say the least. I’ve been through Wyoming a couple times. Previously I’ve visited the Laramie County Community College. Been by and seen where they host the “Daddy of ‘Em All”, Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo (totally on my bucket list to compete in). And, of course, I’ve been to King Ropes and Buck Brannaman’s Ranch (both in Sheridan, WY).
This trip was going to take me to places I’ve never been but always wanted to go — Devil’s Tower and Durham Bison Ranch to name two. Plus, we’d get to hang out with Josh Dorr, a Gillette Native, who is a singer/songwriter based out of Nashville. He’s dripping with authenticity and talent, but we’ll get to that later! Confession: I’m still listening to him on repeat.
Before we get too wrapped up in all the fun, please find the squad members listed below, so you can check out (and hopefully) enjoy their Instagram Feeds:
Brandon Eckroth from Minnesota — Brandon is a very talented landscape photographer. He can also play the piano like it’s no one’s business.
Hunter and Cameron Premo from Nashville. They seriously have to be about the cutest couple on the entire planet. They’re warm, genuine and fun. Hunter has a gorgeous blog where she gets into all things girly. When I grow up, I want to learn to be girly.
Kate Dearman — She splits her time in two states, and is an amazing photographer. Part of her full-time job is covering Josh at his events. She is extremely talented and I love how she sees the world through her lens.
Josh Dorr — Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist, all-around bad-ass, and Wyoming native.
We were hosted by Tia and Amanda from the Wyoming Office of tourism. They’re so fun, and both are talented ladies with loads of energy!
Since I was the closest of the group, I drove from home to Gillette, from where our adventure would launch.
We began with lunch at the Gillette Brewing Company. They get to boast that they were Gillette’s first micro-brewery. The beer is tasty and cold. And the pizza is, to quote Rachel Ray, Yum-O! I had their beer of the month — the Longreach Cream Ale — it’s like cream soda in grown up form. Mmmmmm! It was a great place to start the trip, and I really want to go back. I bet that joint hops on the weekend when they have live music!
Next, we toured the Frontier Auto Museum. I have never been to a place quite like it. I enjoy museums a lot, actually. You could spend hours looking at all the signage, and vintage cars. Some are even in their original condition. It’s a glimpse into Americana that I’ve never seen before and it was amazing. The owner can tell you story after story about the items featured in the museum. Make sure you peek in on their website, and check out their Facebook and Instagram profiles. I’d love to go back and take my dad and brother. They’d have a great time.
From there we headed to the Ranch at Ucross. I’m not going to lie — this was what I was looking forward to the most that day (I mean besides meeting the crew and Josh). Can you blame a ranch girl for wanting to get to another ranch? I hardly think so. Plus, we had a private jam session with Josh on our agenda for the evening, and I was really looking forward to that. Each member of the squad was accommodated in a private cabin, The Aspen Cabins. They were so cute. The ranch is secluded just outside the Big Horn Mountains, which I happen to love. There was a happy hour, in which our host, Eric, served great wine, and great conversation. He raises german shorthair pointers, and frankly they stole the show — especially Holly, the 12 week old pup!
Eric is the ranch manager, one of the hunting guides and he takes guests riding in the summer. There are more activities at the ranch and in the area than you could likely do on a vacation, but you should try anyway! I’ll recommend staying at the ranch and shopping at King Ranch Saddle Shop as a MUST do.
We were served beef for supper, of course. My ribeye was cooked to perfection, which for me means, it’s almost still mooing.
Finishing up the night with Josh playing was a great end to a fun day. I could have listened to him play all night, but an early morning called me to be the first to bed. Horses and riding awaited me on the next step in this journey.
Until next time, Happy Trails!
*This post was sponsored by Travel Wyoming.