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Hi, from the Wind Rivers

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:58 am

I returned yesterday and am fit and well! In all I was out: 13 days, in town for 1 to resupply; out 14 days, in town 1 day to resupply and final trip 11 days. I have not figured out the mileage yet, but close to 230 miles. Went 8 days without seeing a single person. Saw multitudes of elk, mountain sheep, deer - few people. Last week the smoke for fires was pretty bad. Weather was very unusual for Wyoming- more Sierra-like. They are in a serious drought here - lots of threatening clouds but little rain action. It only froze ONE night since I was out, even at altitudes of 11,000 feet. Glaciers are melting like crazy. I found some amazing elk trails - you are hardly ever "off trail" if you count game trails. Just follow the "poo". Fresh elk tracks lead me through some of the touhest terrain. Had an unusual domestic animal experience too - a sheep dog left his shepherd who eveidently was not feeding him and followed me for 2 days , over a really difficult pass full of boulders. I finally ran into a wonderful boy scout group - they took the poor dog as thier "good deed". I was really worried as to how I was going to feed that huge dog. He was a really sweet dog. No way was he going to return to his "owner". Also had to camp up on top of a rock at a trailhead while I waited for my pick-up. Curious cows were a real hazard to my little tent! And, last day, a little chipmunk actually ran off with my stove burner and I had to chase him and retreive my stove!

Am driving up to Washington and will be back in CA in a week or so and hope to get out some trip reports with photos. Took over 1,000 photos. Lots of work to get these edited.

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Re: Hi, from the Wind Rivers

Postby maverick » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:59 pm

Good to hear from you WD, was wondering when you'd be back from the Winds.
Looking forward to reading about your adventures, and seeing the photo's.
I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

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Re: Hi, from the Wind Rivers

Postby sparky » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:17 pm

little chipmunk actually ran off with my stove burner and I had to chase him and retreive my stove!

Awesome visual :D :D
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Re: Hi, from the Wind Rivers

Postby gary c. » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:27 pm

What an awesome trip you must be having.
"On this proud and beautiful mountain we have lived hours of fraternal, warm and exalting nobility. Here for a few days we have ceased to be slaves and have really been men. It is hard to return to servitude."
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Re: Hi, from the Wind Rivers

Postby Troutdog 59 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:49 am

Glad to hear all is well WD!!!! Looking forward to seeing the pics. Did you bring your fly rod on any of the journeys?
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Is just a case of others' suffering
Or you'll find that you're joining in
The turning away"
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Re: Hi, from the Wind Rivers

Postby Trnnflt » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:30 am

I have really enjoyed and learned from your writings. Thank you.
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