8/16/15 Day 114 – Goat Flat M2473.8 to Anaconda M2501.1 , 5279′

Motel  – Nights Spent Alone: 15

27.3,  2307.6 Trip Miles

6 am to 3:30 pm

Day’s of Snow: 9 – Day’s of Rain: 42 – Days of Hail: 19

# of Zero days: 11

Gila Crossings Final Total:  221

Tick Count: 4 (4 more crawling on me)

Wanted List

Mountain Goat

Grizzly Bear


Black Bear  – SPOTTED

Bighorn Sheep


Mountain Lion

Beaver – SPOTTED




Critter Count

7 Pika

5 Chipmunks

2 Ground Squirrels

2 Squirrels

1 Elk


1) 618 Pronghorn*

2) 439 Elk*7

3) 314 Chipmunks *5

4) 183 Deer*2

5) 154 Marmot*4

6) 132 Squirrels *9

7) 120 Lizards*6

8) 116 Wild Horses

9) 76 Ground Squirrels*10

10) 69 Pika

11) 48 Cotton Tail Rabbits *8

12) 30 Prairie Dogs

13) 22 Horny Toads

14) 17 Jack Rabbit*3

15) 14 Moose

16) 8 Snakes

17) 5 Coyotes

18) 5 Moles

19) 4 Black Bears

20) 4 Porcupine

21) 3 Toads

22)  2 Mouse

23) 2 Fox

24) 2 Rattle Snakes

25) 1 Beaver

26) 1 Badger

27) 1 Skunk

28) 1 Weasel -Long Tail

*259 from car, *2 – 48 from car, *3 – 1 from car, *4 – 2 from car, *5 – 2 off trail, *6 – 1 off trail, *7 – 9 from car, *8 – 3 off trail *9 – 1 from car, *10 – 6 off trail

Wow last night was cold! I wore my puff jacket inside my sleeping bag. There was frost all over everything come morning. So much for no moisture with the breeze. My sleeping bag was so wet. The wettest it’s been ever I think.

Our day was almost all down hill so it went fast. It also had a lot of road walking. It started with a great section of trail cut into the bowl next to the saddle we slept on. From camp it looked much steeper than it turned out to be.

We got rained on for s short time and then hit the road walk. First it was dirt then pavement. I was feeling good and even though I held back so not to injury myself I still made great time. I got to a bar called The Ranch. I figured what the hell, let’s live a little. I went in and had a beer. One turned into two and a great conversation with the bartender and a customer and his son. Said customer ended up buying my beers. I left with a great buzz.

Not long later I stopped at the first gas station and got a Dew Shine. Mountain Dews new soda with real sugar and no added color. Oh, and a Ding Dong. Now I was high on sugar! It was a great walk into town to say the least.

I stopped at Pizza Hut to order us pizza. I then finished my hike to the motel. I found Lott, Bailey and Toast waiting for me. They got rides in. Pizza was eaten, showers taken and relaxing commenced. I did some shopping and just hung out.


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