The Mountains Called Me Back to Riverton

By Micah Peel

I first came to Wyoming from Michigan in July of 2018. My mom and I flew into the Casper airport, picked up our rental car and headed to Riverton. I am sure most Wyomingites can agree that the road between Casper and Riverton isn’t anything out of the ordinary; however, I stared out the window taking pictures and recording the whole thing.  By the time we made it to my cousin’s house in Riverton and I saw the sun setting over the fields with mountains in the distance, I couldn’t hardly stand it. 

We spent the first couple days of our trip adjusting to the altitude, going for walks and enjoying the sunshine. I didn’t think it could get any more beautiful. The next day we headed out to the mountains. It was my first time in the Wind River Mountain Range, and we were going to Gannett Peak. The closer we got the bigger and more vibrant the mountains became. 

We spent 5 days in the mountains. I could not believe that all of this was in Riverton’s backyard. I had never experienced anything like it, and was instantly jealous that my cousins got to live here. When we made it back to town, I looked at my mom and said, “I am going to move here someday.” 

11 months later I was back, this time with all my belongings.