13.12.2010 - 14.12.2010 1 °C
After a long couple of days of travelling I have finally made it to Tom and Jan (my great aunt and uncle)'s house in Laramie, WY. We stayed at their son Matt's place in the 'Mile High' city of Denver, CO the night I arrived in the US. Yesterday (after exploring an extraordinary and truly massive warehouse-store selling literally everything, called Costco) we set off driving north towards Wyoming.
The views of the Rockies along the way were pretty impressive and the change of altitude was definitely noticeable - going from the Mile High city of Denver up to Laramie which sits at over 7000ft.
Some of the mountains which can be seen from Laramie are almost Alpine height - Medicine Bow peak is just over 12000ft high, however, as the surrounding area is also pretty high up, they don't look quite as towering. The altitude is a big factor here (as well as the cold, of course) and just walking into town I could definitely feel myself getting short of breath. As this is in the middle of the vast prairie (almost desert-like), the air is very dry and I have been getting thirsty fairly quickly.
The temperature is pretty mild here for the time of year (just over freezing now), though due to the mountain climate this can change very quickly. It is not uncommon for night time temperatures to fall to -30 degrees Celsius, or even colder (thankfully, not recently) and for up to a couple of feet of snow to fall in one go. Just goes to show how badly we deal with even a small amount of bad winter weather in the UK!
Weather permitting, I hope to borrow Tom's snow shoes and maybe his skis and go for an explore up in the Snowy Range, the mountains above Laramie.
Going to head outside and do a bit more exploring now. Keep following for updates!