John's CDT
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
The Remains of the Day

One of my biggest fears about sleeping in the open country of the last few weeks is getting trampled. Right now, journaling, I heard what sounded like hooves. They went away, but reminded me of my fear.

I'm set up tonight in a way I think I'll be set up for the rest of the hike. My tent is up, but I'm not sleeping in it. I have a nice little spot nearby with my groundsheet, pad, and bag. From here, I can enjoy the stars and the air. The tent's over there so I can enjoy a dry place should it rain.

The last few weeks have taught me that it doesn't rain here like it does in California. Plus, while in Rawlins, I looked up the details of my bivy. The top is not waterproof. It's designed to be used in conjunction with an open structure, like a tarp. I missed that when I spent nearly $200 on it. Live and learn. So, I'm prepared for rain, but not expecting it.

I walked a bunch of miles today, but don't really know how many. Let's see if I can figure it out. I'll be right back.

Well, it looks like I may have done over 30 today. Using Yogi's numbers (Fish Creek is 35 miles south of Rawlins), I figure I slept 5 miles south of Rawlins last night, and I walked 5 miles past Fish Creek after dinner. NO WONDER MY FEET HURT.

There's not much to do around here but hike. No tempting lakes (the lakes are reservoirs, saline, and opaque), no peaks (per se), and no lovely vistas to contemplate. So it's hiking and blessing cows before they are transformed into beef.

I was surprised how quickly I caught Spur and Apple Pie today. And as I wrote that, I heard their voices. It's 9:15PM, it's completely dark, and they are still hiking. They want to do a 30 so that they can get into Encampment tomorrow night. When they were closer to my bedroom for the night, I called out, "How are you going to find a place to camp?"

I pulled in here after sunset, but there still was enough light to scout out a spot. I find the sage a hard place to find good spots. Oh well.

Today, I heard coyotes, and I saw rabbits, both dead and alive, antelope, and two giant vultures.

Today, I also think the Rockies started again. I started seeing stands of trees, peaks in the distance, and rocky outcrops like mountains have. I'm days from Colorado. I'll be glad to leave southern Wyoming behind.

Saw huge sage grouse today.
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