7/30/15 Day 97 – 8C9 Campsite M1975 to 8S1 Campsite M2004.1  7902′

Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 13

29.1, 1839 Trip Miles

Sunny Blue Bird Day

Day’s of Snow: 8 – Day’s of Rain: 35 – Days of Hail: 17

# of Zero days: 11

Gila Crossings Final Total:  221

Tick Count: 4 (4 more crawling on me)

Wanted List

Mountain Goat

Grizzly Bear

Sasquatch

Black Bear

Bighorn Sheep

Velociraptor

Mountain Lion

Beaver

Unicorn

Wolf

Buffalo

Critter Count

19 Chipmunks

4 Squirrels

1 Ground Squirrel

1 Deer

Totals

1) 613 Pronghorn*

2) 383 Elk*7

3) 228 Chipmunks *5

4) 169 Deer*2

5) 152 Marmot*4

6) 120 Lizards*6

7) 116 Wild Horses

8) 82 Squirrels *9

9) 59 Ground Squirrels*10

10) 54 Pika

11) 46 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) 3 Porcupine

20)  2 Fox

21) 2 Rattle Snakes

22) 2 Toads

23) 1 Badger

24) 1 Mouse

25) 1 Skunk

26) 1 Weasel

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

Yesterday I hit the 1800 mile mark. Also if I do the Anaconda Cut-off in Montana I have less than 1000 miles to hike! It’s really getting down there.

Today didn’t seem as cold but I was freezing when I started hiking. Looks like I should get my gloves and the bear bag rope from my bounce box. I was cold enough that I took my shoes off to cross the Snake River. It was too early and too cold to have soaking wet feet. Putting my shoes back on was painful. My feet and hands were numb.

The hiking was easy and I had almost 20 miles in by 1 pm. I stopped at Hart Lake to talk to a day hiker then just nearby I stopped at the ranger cabin. Nate the ranger gave me rope to add to mine and extra water. The next section was filled with geysers so the water was no good.

I stopped for lunch around 1 and shortly after crossed paths with Flamingo and Grim then a few miles later A Guy on a Buffalo, (not really) that is a guys trail name and Wanderer.

After that it was rolling trail to Shoshone Lake. Once again I am the only one here. There is a ranger named Kenny who graciously gave me a cold beer! I set up camp then tried to go for a swim. Being that Yellowstone is the worlds biggest volcano the shore was all rock and my feet couldn’t take it. I cooked instead and enjoyed my beer.

I’m more tried from the sun than anything today. With almost no clouds it was intense all day. If I could stay up the sun will set over the lake but I’m beat. I’ll probably beat the sun down.

Scatman

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Get out there!

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