My alarm sounded at 7am I snoozed it twice before rising. I was excited and nervous about my Yellowstone permit. I began to tidy up as I couldn’t call unit at least 8am.
Suddenly my phone rang .
I answered it as it was a Wyoming number…it was Howard from the permit office.
How good is he !
I read out the camp numbers that I had picked out yesterday and with Howard’s magic we managed to book them all whoop whoop and big relief. Now the fun part paying for it . It was at this time Howard’s system locked up he couldn’t go forward or back .Howard tried many thing and I could hear the desperation In his voice.
“I’m going to have to call support, it may take a while can you hold.” ?
Of course , as once I leave town I will be blind.!
It was 40 minutes later that I heard his voice again and luckily was able to complete the transaction.
Whoop ,I have a shinny permit.
Well thank you so much Howard for sorting this out for me as it was a big Challenge lol.
Okay I’m done let’s get out of here as now it was almost 9.30
I did a sweep of the room, dam USB cable that was lucky. I stuffed it into my pack before hoisting it up and leaving the room.
Today my knee hurt, not a little hurt ,but a full on hurt. I can’t really walk on this F*uck why I screamed at my knee. I put on my knee brace and downed a handful of ibuprofen. Then limped across the road I was just passing the grocery store when I bumped Into Redtin . He and his partner were leaving a little later but then they are speedy.
I hobbled a little further up the road then took up my hitching stanch and waited and waited and waited…
God this is crap I said to myself.
Not going to get in a lot of miles like this. An hr passed F*uck this is no good, at last a car stopped oh thank you thank you it was a couple whose were out to camp in the Tetons for a few days.
Thank you. They were a great couple and soon I was back on trail.
I adjusted my poles and set off but omg it’s one of those I spy trails so the first hour was rubbish, wandering around meadows looking for a signs of life. Eventually the crap stopped and I was on a forest road with Omg such amazing views of the mountains. I stood in awe for several minutes before pushing on down the road.
Just then a truck came up the road, the driver stopped too ,to take photos
As I wandered down the road I could see a huge lake in the distance. I believe this is where the campsite is, but I’m not staying. As I got nearer I passed a large ranch and was amazed at how many horses were in the corral . If fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many horses together. I carried on down to the lake passing the campsite on my right. Okay trail where do you go….as I opened a large gate to the trail 4 riders on horse back appeared. I stood back as the lead horse was a bit dancie. Lol
Once they had passed I carried on only to be passed by 3 stable girls from another nearby ranch.
They chatted to me for a while but then I took a different path.
I wished them well and carried on my way. As I made my way around the lake I met another couple who were interested in my walk. I chatted to them for a while before dragging myself away. Then as I dropped down onto another trail I ended up walking with another lady for a while until once again our paths went different ways.
I soon came to a river but luckily there was a bridge so dry feet. I pushed on through the afternoon my knee complaining when any steep gradients appeared and there were many.
Time for a break, I guzzled a litre and ate some cheese sandwich biscuits followed by several more ibuprofen
Okay miles to walk. I hadn’t planned on walking late as I didn’t want to make my knee worse.
5pm should do it. ..I pushed on down a meandering trail popping out every now to view the amazing mountains before hiding back into the forest.
The trail had also been heading down for most of the afternoon ..that’s never a good sign to me as there is always a climb.
When I emerged out of the forest, I could see another river, it was fairly wide but appeared shallow.. no bridge. My new shoes got a dunking.. yes I could stop and take them off but they seem to dry fairly quickly so no issue for me.
Okay it’s getting late and the next water after this is 4.6 miles hum, not sure if I want to do that. So I watered up just in case. Typically this is where the trail now decides to climb, and climb and climb a little more.
Phew and it’s hot , I dragged myself up several of the hills my eyes searching for possible tent spots….NOTHING . 5pm came and went and so did 5.30 oh come on I moaned as 6pm passed by.
Okay it’s going to be a compromise but I am camping. That might work… ! I dropped my pack and scouted the area and soon my tent was up. Next a branch. PERFECT.. and on the third throw I got the hang..
Well that made me a little smug.
Okay dinner. I soon had a cuppa made. Omg it tasted so good.
I next made a pasta and rice dish, but I remembered last time I used this brand I only needed to use half and the rice takes days to cook!!!
So after several re-boils the rice was still crunchy so F*uck it.
I ate half then disposed if the rest many yards away from my tent. I then attacked my Ritz biscuits and cheese spread. That’s much better than crunchy rice. Okay im done .
I was just packing up when a female hiker came passed her trail name was Soundefffect and she was Italian. she is just doing a long section Lander to Glacier park.
She was such fun to talk to. She starts at 8am which made me laugh but she goes on late.
I do the opposite I start early and stop early.
So I promised not to shout “Get up you lazy Cow ” when I go past her tent in the morning lol
OKAY I moved all my cooking gear and food back to my tent then went to hang my food bag
Okay all done now to relax. I had just walked back to my tent when Redtin, Joker and mona-lisa appeared we chatted for 5 minutes then waved them good by. They hike much later and faster than me .
Okay all done relax time
Mileage 16 late start ouchy Knee