|Along Heart Creek, nasty tasting water, but pretty camp.|
"We just finished eating one of the greatest on trail desserts in thru-hiking history (self-proclaimed). Since we are resupplying at Old Faithful tomorrow we needed to finish some food so we mixed chocolate and vanilla pudding with Nutella and peanut butter. That was an excellent cap to a 22.7 mile day in Yellowstone.
The resumption of our hike has so far gone pretty well. Neither of us feel like we have been out ten days, yet here we are. We have decided that we would much rather start a long hike in the mountainous trails, even if it involves snow and river crossings, than a desert cross-country/road walk like last year. Our bodies, despite the aches and pains normal to thru-hiking, are much happier.
|Top of Shannon Pass in the Wind Rivers-Miles of Microspikes|
Since that section our snow travel has decreased drastically to almost non-existent. We made good time the rest of the way through that section, survived a "no room for error creek crossing," and were relieved to see a bridge over the very swollen Green River. We got to Brooks Lake Lodge a day early, partly because we made decent time and mostly because Forrest math said we should have 20 more miles than we actually did.
|Parting of the Waters on Two Oceans Creek|
Just before crossing the Yellowstone border we hiked through Two Oceans Pass and the Parting of the Waters. I thought this was where Moses got his start, but it turns out that Two Ocean Creek runs down the draining and there is a very obvious split where the right fork flows to the Pacific and the left fork flows to the Atlantic. The Parting was actually one of the most interesting things to see on this section in terms of mind-blowing significance.
|Crossing the Lewis Channel at the south end of Lewis Lake, Yellowstone|
The one thing that has concerned us so far had been our impact on future generations of mosquitoes. Based on the sheer quantity we have killed, there have to be sections of the Winds and Yellowstone that have now been naturally selected for faster skeeters. We have squished all the slow ones out of the gene pool. The little buggers are horrendous right now so we are hoping for a couple freezing nights to show them the superiority of mammals."
From Old Faithful we were supposed to head on to Lima before stopping again. Sara has been having some severe stomach pain, however, so we sidetracked to West Yellowstone for her to stop in the clinic. She is there currently so I'm hoping everything is going ok. We will probably be here in town tonight as well, and hopefully, fingers crossed, be back on the trail tomorrow. Her stomach symptoms apparently feel pretty similar to the giardia cramping of last year, but we have been purifying absolutely everything after our experience last year, so hoping it's something else. We will find out soon enough! We'll also try and get another post up from our last stretch since Old Faithful before we skip town.
Original joke of the day:
What do you wear if you are dressing up as a bovine?
Forrest and Sara (Track and Field)