Getting caught up in a daily routine can make me forget how lucky I am to live close to such amazing terrain. As a reminder, I recently organized a backpacking trip to explore just a small piece of the Uinta mountain range, which runs east to west just south of the Wyoming/Utah border and covers 3,500 square miles. The Uintas offer grassy meadows, cold clear streams and thousands of alpine lakes, not to mention almost a dozen peaks exceeding 13,000 feet. We embarked with the essentials - a small amount of food, an oversized flask of whiskey and our fishing poles. By the end of the trip our backs were sore and our feet were blistered, but for that amount of solitude, every mile walked was worth it.

— Drew