Spring is in the air! Well… is it? Mother Nature can’t decide — only in Wyoming can you go from walking your dog in the park while wearing flip-flops one day, to shoveling your driveway in your muck boots the next. One thing is for sure: Residents of Sheridan are ready for sunshine and warmer days.
At the Recreation District, we look forward to this time of year like no other season. Longer days, green grass, outdoor adventures such as camping or hiking, youth summer camps and America’s pastime — baseball. And softball, of course.
We know April has arrived when parents flood the phone lines, or scurry into the Recreation Office. “Have I missed sign-ups? I need to register my son for Webb-Wright, and my daughter for Pony League Softball!” This year, all leagues will be played at the historic Sixth Street ballfields. If you’re out for an early evening jog, or walking Rufus near the tracks…. stop by, watch the youth of our community make diving plays, hit frozen ropes, chew ungodly amounts of bubble gum and enjoy the free-spirit nature of their childhood.
Let me share my thoughts as an outsider to not only Sheridan, but to Wyoming. It’s wonderful here. Not only is it scenic, green and mountainous, but the people are some of the best in the country. My father always said he likes his people salty — the salt of the earth. That’s what we can find in our own backyard. Our neighbors and friends are honest, genuine, trustworthy and down to earth. Here’s a secret I’ll let you in on: Most people think Wyoming is ugly. Those people haven’t been to Sheridan, where some may say a little slice of heaven is reserved for the most deserving.
As we shift our sights from the snowy days to the warm, calm nights, maybe we can get back to finishing some of our New Year’s resolutions. You know, those goals we set four months ago, that we did really good with for two weeks, then forgot about?
Maybe now is the time to explore some of Sheridan’s natural beauty. Enjoy an evening bike ride with your significant other. Walk or jog around the incredible trails and pathways the city offers. Take flight to the mountains for a weekend and get buried in the deep bush, rather than your mobile device for a few days. Whatever it is you enjoy, I urge you (and myself) to actively pursue it.
Until next time, you stay classy, Sheridan.
Colton Thompson is the recreation program supervisor for the Sheridan Recreation District.