Be aware that at high altitudes, you may notice the dearth of oxygen. Visitors coming from lower altitudes can experience slight dizziness, headache and nausea while you are becoming acclimated. Also, a little alcohol goes a long way at 7200 feet, and in our upland desert climate, you can dehydrate fast. So be prepared to drink lots of water. We cannot emphasize this enough!
Even though Wyoming enacted same-sex marriage in 2014, the Human Rights Campaign ranks Wyoming in the bottom tier for LGBT rights and protections nationally. The University of Wyoming’s Rainbow Resource Center has compiled this list of gay friendly businesses in Laramie. Melanie Vigil, a Laramie-based activist, will be serving as the LGBTQ liaison for the MALCS Summer Institute 2016. Melanie has also compiled a list of LGBTQ friendly spaces in Laramie.
There is a lesbian-owned B&B, the Cowgirls Horse Hotel, only 5 miles from the University of Wyoming; it only has 1 room though.
Your cell phone experience will vary depending on what carrier you have. Verizon has the largest network in Wyoming which means fairly reliable voice and data service. AT&T has spotty service in Laramie. Sprint and T-Mobile do not provide reliable service in Laramie. You may want to consider purchasing a prepaid cell phone while you are here.
While possessing 1 ounce of marijuana is legal in the neighboring state of Colorado, it is NOT in Wyoming. The Wyoming Controlled Substances act, W.S. § 35–7–1001, et seq, criminalizes the possession of marijuana in any quantity.
The University of Wyoming Conference Center does not have a printer available, unlike a hotel business center.
Options if you need to print while in Laramie are:
- Go to University of Wyoming on-campus libraries. Coe Library has 6 public access computers with printing capability located on Level 2 of the library. The Geology Library has 4 public access computers with printing capability. Print jobs are 20 cents per page with only black and white printing available. Print jobs are collected and paid for at the Coe Library Circulation Help Desk on Level 2 (cash or check only) and the Geology Library Circulation Desk (cash only).
- Go to Kinkos/Fedex. The closest one to the University of Wyoming is at 2124 E. Grand Ave., about a 10 minute walk from Downey Hall.
- If you are a registered guest, use the hotel business center of the Holiday Inn or Hilton Garden Inn.
Laramie is bike friendly and it is easy to get around on bikes.
The Pedal House in downtown Laramie will be giving FREE rentals to the first THREE MALCS members that come in to the shop during the Summer Institute. The discount rate for MALCS members is $12.50 per day.
Folks needing a rental have to show their MALCS SI conference badge to Dewey.
They will have bike helmets and safety locks for rent to go with the bikes.