What do you get when you combine wild places with the people who love them? An authentic nature escape that just may make you want to get lost in your own backyard. That’s what we did on a recent film shoot with our Emmy-winning crew in Wyoming.
Watch the video above to preview this episode coming to PBS stations, including Wyoming PBS at 10pm on Monday, April 17, and debuting on most local PBS stations on Create TV on Tuesday, May 23 at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT. You can also watch video shorts to compliment the episode content on AOL, MSN and beyond.
Our Wyoming Filming Adventures
We traveled from the Bridger-Teton National Forest in iconic Jackson Hole down to Pinedale and then the Snowy Range Scenic Byway in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, ending at Vedauwoo in Laramie. Along the way, we enjoyed mountain biking on the Cache Creek Trail, a visit to the Lunch Counter (watch the above video to see those Wyoming surfers!) and hiking at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the Bridger-Teon National Forest.
As June is Great Outdoors Month, it was fitting that we were able to volunteer alongside fourth graders and their families, building a sustainable trail as part of The Great Outdoors Western Campout. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead worked with the Great Outdoors Month Partnership to host the families in and around Jackson, Wyoming to celebrate Great Outdoors Month, and we can tell you that everyone had a lot of fun.
Traveling further south, we spent time in Pinedale at Lakeside Resort at Fremont Lake within the Bridger-Teton National Forest, fishing with Bryan Lane of Two Rivers Emporium and discovering craft beer and beyond in town.
Finally, we were able to enjoy the beautiful Medicine Bow National Forest, stopping in Saratoga, where hot springs and cupcakes were on tap, followed by a visit to the Grand Encampment Museum. We enjoyed horseback riding and homemade ranch food at Medicine Bow Lodge, which celebrates 100 years next year, and drove the Snowy Range Scenic Byway.
We ended the trip with a hike near Laramie at magical Vedauwoo at dusk with Rebecca Walsh, a passionate outdoors enthusiast who frequently hikes in the Medicine Bow National Forest and leads others through Just Trails and Hike Like a Woman.
Watch the above video to see what we discovered and how you can enjoy America’s National Forests in Wyoming.
This TV episode will debut on PBS this winter as part of our ongoing “Travels with Darley” TV series. Stay tuned for short clips from the filming on AOL, MSN, Huffington Post and beyond. Learn more about National Forests in Wyoming from the National Forest Foundation and ways to enjoy them at WyomingTourism.org.