Mount Palmer as seen from the beaver pond below our overnight pack trip camp in the Gros Ventre mountains © Alix Crittenden
Mongolia and Wyoming are about as far apart as you can image on a map, but what they have in common are wide open spaces and, for some, a nomadic way of life. To be sure, nomads in Wyoming are not at all the same as the herders living off the land in Mongolia. The two lifestyles are vastly different, but many of their people share the same deep connection with their four legged friends, the horse. That’s not to say that I’m calling my friend, Alix Crittenden, a nomad. This petite cowgirl from Stedman, North Carolina migrated to Wyoming and eventually married a cowboy living in the small town of Bondurant. She lives with her husband in a house, surrounded by horses, that backs up to the wide open spaces of Bridger Teton National Forest. This June Crittenden, along with nine other riders, will embark on a 400 mile horseback ride in Mongolia to raise funds for charity. She is hoping you’ll come along for the ride.