As I approached the Wind River range in Wyoming, the trail wound through a beautiful valley and along upper and lower Green Lakes. I took a side trail along Upper Green Lake and found a campsite nestled in the trees. I woke to this incredible view of Squaretop Mountain just as the sun was peeking over the ridge and the morning mist hovered over the lake.
Taking some time off for a side quest! I visited with a friend and went for a hike in Grand Teton National Park. Pristine lakes, beautifully maintained trails and a breathtaking new mountain range.
Sometimes you find a beautiful spot but your tent doesn't quite fit. In this case, I just couldn't pass it up and wedged my tent in anyway. This beautiful lake in the Winds was such a treat. I even had a weekender out with his family come and visit for a bit, some welcome social time after a number of days hiking alone.
There are a lot of bones on the CDT-skulls, vertebrae, you name it. This however was the first set of intact antlers that I have found!
When I resupply, I look at how many miles I need to hike until my next stop and what the terrain is like to determine how many days' worth of food I will need. The more I hike, the better I get at this calculus, but sometimes I still get it wrong. On this last stretch through the Gila River Wilderness, I definitely got it wrong and my hiking partner and I ended up a bit at odds, having some severe food anxiety for days and being VERY hungry. How did it go so wrong?
Usually I make my food before I leave home, dehydrating and measuring and preparing every meal with nutrition, calorie content and weight in mind. I sort all of my food into resupply boxes and label them for post office drops along the way. Sometimes, however, things get messy. A box gets lost in the mail. I arrive on a holiday weekend and would have to wait 3 days for...
Honestly though, this hike has been worlds apart from my thru hike of the PCT. The trail itself has a very different feel, the people are different, and I am a different hiker than I was on my last journey. This hike has been such a unique experience from any of my other hikes and I am so grateful for it.