I would spend the very Happy Father’s Day to my dad with his children and grandchildren at our family ranch, working on tractors or driving the John Deere Gator around checking fields, reservoirs and fences.
Alternatively, my husband’s perfect day out with his kids would include dirt biking and fly fishing. Or, as so many of his father’s days were spent watching baseball.
Mountain biking, climbing or hiking with the family are my brother’s favorite things to round off on his annual Father’s Day.
With Father’s Day only two weeks away I thought it would be a good idea to help you prepare. If you’re like me and most of my siblings, don’t think about what your dad might like until a few days or maybe even hours beforehand. Here’s a local shopping guide to get you started a little earlier this year.
Casey from Rocky Mountain Discount Sports said that knives and multi-tools are always good choices for dads. In my experience, she’s right. As a teenager, I told my dad he owned a lot of knives, but here we are 30 years later and he’s still finding reasons to buy new ones. She also mentioned that the store would be having a Father’s Day sale on Traeger grills, so don’t miss out.
If you have a particularly spry and brave dad, Roger at The Sport Stop recommends something from their fresh supply of longboards. He concedes that this might not be the best choice for all dads, but also suggests a fun “Life is Good” t-shirt or a personalized Yeti mug or tumbler.
Sportsman’s Warehouse’s Alex says water sports and camping are hot. He invites you to go inside and check out the selection of tents, sleeping bags, outdoor games, canoes, kayaks and fishing gear.
A favorite of mine is something I know all three of these shops carry but no one mentioned – a lightweight hammock. Tucked away in a pocket the size of a Nalgene water bottle and easy to maneuver, these four-poster beds are hard to beat. No matter what outdoor adventure your dad chooses, he can take this hammock with him and take a nap whenever he wants.
If fly fishing or cycling is your father’s passion, I would heartily recommend a trip to the Bighorns’ Fly Shop or the Sheridan Bicycle Company. Both shops have friendly and knowledgeable staff who will point you in the right direction. And if you still can’t decide, stock up on a gift certificate so he can choose his own bow ties or tune up his bike for the summer.
Your favorite activities may vary, but what my dad, husband and brother all have in common is that they love spending time outdoors with their family, and mid-June is a wonderful time of year to do just that. The absolute best gift you can give your dad this year is time with you.
We are fortunate to live in a community that prioritizes outdoor recreation, which means you don’t have to travel far for a fun adventure with your dad on the 19th.
Take a hike or bike ride on one of the town trails or the Sheridan Community Land Trust trails. Rent a boat from Rocky Mountain Discount Sports and head to Kleenburn Recreation Area for paddling or fishing. Play a round of disc golf in Story or visit Thorne-Rider Stadium and start a ball game. the Jets play at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day.
Julia Greer is a member of the Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources Commission.