We were planning on two or three days of hiking and climbing in Vedauwoo, so we didn’t hurry there on Saturday. We arrived after noon and I took off to scout out climbing within hiking distance. I ended up scouting for a couple of hours, enchanted as always with this place, always drawn to look a little further. When I finally get back we set up a cozy camp, grill salmon for dinner, and plan to get an early start to climb in the morning.
It’s a grey, cold morning. We push ourselves to leave the sleeping bags, make coffee, and put together our climbing packs. The day doesn’t get any warmer, but we push off anyway, hiking through aspen groves and beaver ponds. Our route offers great views of Reynold’s Hill, the MRC, the Crystal Freeway, Turtle Rock, and Valley Massif, our destination. By the time we reach it and find our way to the base of the climbs, it’s sprinkling rain. We eat our lunch and watch the sky grow darker and colder. At last we give up on climbing and continue our hike in light rain. Vedauwoo compensates our climbing loss with many sights: swimming beavers, soaring hawks, a giant blue heron, a tree that continues to grow after falling over, an old bee hive, and many other things. We can’t help but love the place.