High school friends: George Hughes, Libby Shaw and Ellen Paynter. Thanks for helping me with this hike!
The Wolverine Lake Crew: Susie and Drew, Marlyss, Jim, Stacey and all the kids... Can't wait to see you guys when I get back!
Traci Rink, Ron Foon and Katie Rink: You guys travel the world and you inspire me to do the same.
Perry Keydel and all my friends at Moosejaw: Thanks for all the help in getting me ready for this hike.
Jason 'Hee Haw' Phelps: My old hiking buddy came through for me, again. Thank you, Brother!
Gary and Bethany Zaborowski and Pam White: Thank you for all the gear and supplies!
After going around snow that was too deep in some parts and going for miles with no water in others, I finally made it to the Wind River Range in western Wyoming. This is the kind of trail I've been longing for. Plenty of clean water but not too soggy, well-maintained trail, other hikers to share information with... This part of the CDT has it all! And the scenery? My God, the views! The Cirque of the Towers has to be in the 'Top 5' list of coolest things I've ever seen. Feels like it took forever to get here (3 months and 1,800 or so miles) but it really is worth it. Challenges remain - I hurt my foot when I fell through the snow and jammed it awkwardly into the rocks beneath and I continue to rely (too heavily) on the GPS in my phone to stay on the trail. I used all my battery power taking pictures in the Cirque so I had to bail out early to get to Pinedale to resupply and recharge. I can't wait to get back to the Trail. I have more of the Winds to finish and then I head up into Yellowstone - should be another highlight of this hike. After that, I'll hike along the border of Idaho and Montana for a while before cutting back east and then north to Canada. I still have many miles to hike and I'm sure there will be obstacles to overcome but, at this point, I feel pretty good and I think I can see a speck of light at the end of the tunnel. If you've ever visited Yellowstone or hiked in Montana, leave a comment and let me know what to expect. If you want to be part of this adventure, click on the 'donate' button on the homepage and help me keep hiking north! Thank you!
|This stupid beard has got to go.|
|In the upper left hand corner of this picture, way in the distance, is a mountain pass that I came over the day before.|
|Alpine flowers blooming everywhere! They have such a short growing season that they all come out at once. Beautiful!|
|Astro is with me, in spirit, every step of the way.|