Explore CO {Wyman Living History Museum & Whittle the Woods}

On our way out of Colorado we stopped by the Wyman Living History Museum. We had asked around for things that locals suggested in the area (one of our favorite things to do when traveling) and everyone agreed we should stop there. It began by one man, Lou Wyman, and his personal collection. It has grown to “an absolutely unique collection from throughout the west and beyond, giving museum guests an experience spanning one hundred years of American life, ingenuity and advancement” (from their website). The kids always do better traveling if we make interesting stops. This turned out to be one of their favorite places we’ve visited so far.

The museum has a big indoor area full of all kinds of treasures.
6.14wyman-1After we explored inside, we headed outside to meet the resident Elk, “Junior” and explore the outside collection. The kids were also given nets to do a little tadpole hunting – such a kind and thoughtful gesture.

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In our research (asking locals and reading the local paper) we found out that a big woodcarving weekend was happening nearby. “Whittle The Woods” in Craig County made for another interesting stop. The small town event also had a group of girls doing some cheer stunts for fun nearby….a certain daughter of mine was in awe.6.14wyman-8

The museum and the woodcarving weekend were both free events (donations accepted at the museum). Part of traveling as a large family for us means finding free things to do. Honestly, it is usually the free and local events/attractions that end up being our very favorite. It gives us a chance to meet people, ask about life in their town, ask about history, and learn the beauty of various cultures from the perspective of the people. As much as I hope my kids remember the beauty of the outdoors from this trip, I hope they remember the beauty of the people and the ways every place (even towns within the same state) have cultures unique to them. It is a great big world – from chainsaw carved vikings to magnificent waterfalls – so much to explore, appreciate, and celebrate.

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  • Jill Beck - We used to live in Craig! Seeing your photos made me miss that sleepy little town. I’m enjoying what you think of this area and your photos. We like to fish the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam that whole area is beautiful. Your adventure is inspiring, can’t wait to read what you think about the Tetons and Yellowstone if you head up that way. If you do, you’re in for an amazing treat. Your trailer is beyond fabulous!! I’m trying to convince my husband that we need to give trailer refurbishing a go. Happy travels!

  • alice h - I love free events too! And Firecracker’s dress is so cute!!

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - I would have loved going on a trip like this when I was a kid! It’s one great big adventure with surprises every day. What a memorable way to experience different ways of life across America. I bet your kids will remember these unique moments for a very long time. I’m enjoying following along!

  • Alie - Do you do your ‘asking locals’ part of planning before you leave? Or on the road? And who are you asking? (wait staff, camp staff, people at the grocery store?) Although now I’m realizing that all those are good people! 🙂
    Seriously though, who do you ask?

  • AshleyAnn - Alie – yes to all of it. Some before, some on the road, some in the moment…and all those people you listed!

  • Heidi Jo the Artist - The Elk “Junior” shot is so cooool!!

  • the inadvertent farmer - Local events are so fun to participate in! I think we read the books and scour the websites and forget to ask ‘real people’ about the happenings in their own areas! Thanks for the reminder. Tell your kids that we have a herd of over 60 elk that like to come through the farm. One morning I got up and not only had they bedded down on the front lawn…they had climbed up onto the front porch, pooed on the porch and eaten all the ivy off of our porch columns…lovely! Kim

  • Emily - You make Wyoming look awesome! I live here (I’m friends with Mandy!) but I haven’t been able to capture its beauty and awesomeness as well as you. I’m sharing with my friends and family so that they will want to come visit!

  • elizabeth H - that living history museum looks super fun!!
    so glad your posting about all these great places your visiting!

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