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Into to Wyoming and the Great Basin on the CDT

After Steamboat the mountains mellowed a bit. There were still a couple of snow crossings but overall the ground was covered in wildflowers. The mountainsides looked like colorful paintings. The floral smell brightens your senses and lifts your spirits. As the mountains faded the boggy meadows were upon us. The humidity started rising. I have been sweating more lately than I have on the whole trip. Yes, I smell terrible most of the time and am covered in dirt but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I smell like hard work and determination. (That’s what I tell myself anyway…)
About 40 miles out of Steamboat, I received my first view of The Great Basin. Let me tell you, it is FLAT and looked scorched. Out of the woods and into desert came quick. It was actually a bit of a shock. I knew it was coming but had been in Colorado so long that it was tough to see myself out of it. On my first night looking over the Wyoming hills and into the desert I was surrounded by tons of elk calling to each other as I crawled into my sleeping bag. It was slightly startling at first but I quickly realized what was going on. It was a perfect welcoming to Wyoming.
The next couple of days “it” hit the fan. I dropped into the desert and was assaulted by the sun. I was now at 7,000 feet and there was no shade. I mean there were 10 miles stretches in the middle of the day with NO shade. It can be maddening. I was quickly losing it mentally. Not really in a bad way but more of a crazy way. I can do crazy. It is so wide open that at one point I could see the point where I was going and it took me 8 hours to get there. This also adds to the out of my mind feeling I experienced. Oh yeah, there’s no water out here! I don’t want it to seem like I’m not enjoying these aspects. You just have to shift mentally to your environment. You find joy in the desert differently than you do in the mountains. A lot of times it’s under a tree. Kipper and I will set out into the basin in a couple of hours. It is 116 miles long with limited water. We are pumped about it. Not many people walk through The Great Basin and the challenge is welcomed.

Game on!

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One Response to “Into to Wyoming and the Great Basin on the CDT”

  1. Lynne Schreiber says:

    Hi Spork, It was so nice meeting you on the CDT trail a few weeks ago. I met you on Mt Flora near Berthoud pass in CO. Good luck through the Great Basin. I drove through Wyoming once and thought, “This is the Wild West!”
    All the best,
    Lynne

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