Go check out Ames Monument!

monumentMany locals and visitors a like know about exploring and climbing at Vedauwoo or hiking in Curt Gowdy State Park during the warmer summer months. What some might not be aware of is Ames Monument. While Ames Monument might not have as much to look at or to do as the Vedauwoo and the state park, it is still something everyone should check out!

Ames Monument is an impressive structure standing in basically the middle of nowhere. The pyramid like formation stands 60-feet tall and was erected in honor of brothers Oliver and Oakes Ames. The monument was built by the Union Pacific Railroad Company in 1882 to pay tribute to the brothers who were absolutely instrumental in getting the Transcontinental Railroad built. The monument was built on the highest elevation (8,247 feet) of the original transcontinental route.ames collage

Ames Monument can be found off of the same exit as Vedauwoo, just in the opposite direction. As you are headed east in the direction of Cheyenne, Wyo., take exit 329. You will them take a right turn towards the monument (there is a sign), then just follow the road until you see the monument. It will be hard to miss due to the height and size.

We would highly recommend checking the monument out during the few warmer months we get each year. It has interesting history and is surprising to see, because you would have never guessed it was there by just looking off the Interstate. Enjoy the summer and exploring in and around Laramie, WY!


May 19, 2013

Today continues the Laramie Storm Volleyball Tournament. Laramie Storm Volleyball is holding a weekend of tournaments as a fundraiser for AAU Nationals and also to raise money for the Local Youth Crisis Center. There is a Women’s division on today, May 19. The cost per payer is $20 and partial proceeds will be donated to the Laramie Youth Crisis Center. Prizes will be awarded to first place teams in each division. Pool play starts at 9:00 a.m. and will be followed by a single elimination bracket. If you love volleyball come out and cheer on these athletes!

After a little volleyball take to the park where you can throw a Frisbee or watch your kids as they play on the jungle gym. You can work off an entire afternoon without even realizing it. Enjoy your time outside and enjoy who you spend that time with.

After a long day in the park stop into Sonic and get a slushy or ice cream cone. They have a treat for everyone! While you are there you can grab a few meals for home and have a take out dinner with the family.

Enjoy your Sunday and we will see you all tomorrow.

May 6, 2013

The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day here in Laramie, WY. We hope that everyone’s weekends went well and that your Monday couldn’t have been any better. Since the evening is near, what are your plans for after work? Spend sometime getting ready for the summer season by putting away the snow blower and tuning up the weed-eater! This is your Daily Dose brought to you by the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce.

1. Turtle Rock Coffee & Cafe. “For “FINALS WEEK” we have made up some ready to-go snacks for those of you in a hurry! We have a couple of pre-made sandwiches (Turkey, Ham & PBJ), Chips and Hummus, Healthy Bites, Breakfast Burritos, Yogurt Parfaits, Bananas and Peanut butter and of course all of our delicious fresh baked goods!” Stop into Turtle Rock if you are in a rush this week or just want a great snack and cup of coffee. They are located at 270 N. 9th st., right across for the UW Classroom Bldg.

2. Dinner at your favorite restaurant. tonight treat yourself to all your favorite foods and places. If it were me you would see me at Lovejoy’s Bar and Grill having a Buffalo Chicken Wrap, stopping into 3rd Street Bar for a Halo and following up that drink with a stop into Cherries Ice Cream & Grill for a giant ice cream cone or butterfinger blend. That’s just what I would do though, what would you do?


May 5, 2013

Get out of the house and enjoy your last day of the weekend. The weather is great, the parks are starting to bloom and become green so enjoy your day! Also, it is Cinco de Mayo so enjoy this great day with friends, family and loved ones. This is your Daily Dose brought to you by the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce.

1. Free Gardening Workshop From 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. How Does Your Garden Grow?  Sunday, May 5 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Community Center (365 W. Grand).  A hands-on workshop to get you going for the upcoming gardening season.  With something for every gardener (including a seed exchange and seed saving techniques), this free event is designed most especially with novice gardeners and gardeners new to Albany County in mind.  Participants will visit various work, learning and demonstration stations at will to do everything from creating a design for your garden and learning what grows best here, to practicing double digging, seed planting, and making soil mixtures that boost production.  Plus much, much more!  Sponsored by Feeding Laramie Valley, Laramie Rivers Conservation District, Laramie Local Foods, Wyoming AgrAbility and the Lincoln Community Center.  For more information, contact Gayle at feedinglarvalley@aol.com or Peggy at peggymccrackin@gmail.com.  Follow event news at www.facebook.com/SharingtheBounty and www.facebook.com/LaBonteCommunityGardens.

2. Dinner at Corona Village. There is no better way to spend Cinco de Mayo then at Corona Village. Go grab your favorite meal and drink with your family tonight  It is great way to wrap up a fun weekend.


April 28, 2013

The end of April is just around the corner and it seems crazy to think that we are 4 full months through 2013. Where has the time gone? Before you know it, it will be time for fireworks and Jubilee Days. Since today is scheduled to be another warm day, get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air. The best part of Laramie is the cool Spring days that keep you just warm enough to stay outside all day. Here is your Daily Dose brought to you by the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce.

1. Bike Ride. Take out your bike and hit the pavement for a great bike ride around town. Make sure you bring a backpack so you can stop and do a few errands while you are out and about. Stop at some of these places:

NU2U: Here you can get great gear for outdoors or even a few new summer pieces that are in great shape and ready to live in your closet.

Subway: stop in for a great lunch that won’t over fill you and keep you energized throughout your day. If you have leftovers just throw them in your pack, after all, that is why you brought it!

University of Wyoming: You can enjoy the quiet campus all afternoon with your favorite book in Prexy’s Pasture or even play a little Frisbee with friends or family.


April 27, 2013

There is a ton happening today and tonight so choose wisely and enjoy your Saturday. This is your Daily Dose brought to you by the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce.

1. Rocky Mountain MMA Event. Doors open at 6 PM; Begins at 7 PM; $25 general Admission, $50 VIP Passes; event held at Laramie Plains Civic Center- 710 E Garfield St. For more information or to buy tickets visit http://rockymountainmma.net.

2. Roller Derby Bout against A’Salt Creek. Held at the Ice & Events Center, Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/360211 or at Kum & Go-569 N. 3rd St. and Atmosphere Mountainworks- 210 S. 2nd St. The bout will begin at Starts at 6:00 p.m.

3. Clean-Up Day. Today starting at 8:00 AM is 2013 Laramie Community Clean-Up Day

8 a.m. until Completion
Central Meeting Location: City Hall- 406 E. Ivinson Street
Lunch will be provided for volunteers from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the alley behind the Laramie Fire Station on 4th St.

Sponsored by the City of Laramie!

Please bring work gloves and wear appropriate clothing. To reserve a work area please call 307-742-2212

4. Laramie Ladies Expo – Spring Fling 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Laramie Ladies Expo wants to put a spring in your step! Your favorite direct sellers and local crafters will be showcasing their spring collections to help you refresh your life. Located in the Activities Building at the Albany County Fairgrounds, over 40 different vendors will be at your fingertips.
5. Internet Genealogy Class. Going form 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM this is a FREE class where you can learn how to do your family history on the Internet sponsored by the Albany County Genealogical Society during Preservation week. The class will be held at the Albany COunty Public Library. 
6. Albany County Horse Judging Team Potato Supper & Silent Auction. Tonight from  6:00 PM – 7:30 PM a fundraiser for the Albany County Horse Judging Team Potato Supper & Silent Auction. This event will be held at The Moose Lodge #390- 409 S. 3rd St. and cost $5.00 per person. Questions? Or if you would like to know more about Horse judging come have dinner with us. 307-760-1728

April 25, 2013

Look how beautiful it is outside! Use it to your advantage and after work throw on your workout clothes and head to the great outdoors. This is your Daily Dose brought to you by the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce.

1. Circuit Train! Now that it is nice outside opt for a good circuit training work out at the Laramie High School track. If you are in need of better running shoes for this type of cross training, stop into Dodds  Shoe Co. and see what they can do for you. With new shoes and a go-get-em attitude you can work yourself in to fine summer shape before the first Farmer’s Market.

2. Post-Workout Fuel up. After a hard workout it is always best to restore what your workout used. Choose from this great list of post-workout snacks from sparkpeople.com to refuel your body and to stay alert and productive this evening. You can get all the supplies you need from Safeway.

(image provided by Sparkpeople.com)

(image provided by Sparkpeople.com)