[cdt-l] Wyoming wandering
Jim and/or Ginny Owen
spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 28 01:11:47 CDT 2007
Our last update put us headed north from Colorado. We stopped along the way
at Independence Rock a rocky outcrop that was a Fourth of July stop for
emigrants along the Oregon Trail. It has probably thousands of names of
people who passed by carved into the rock. Many of them have faded over the
years, but we found some names from 1850. One surprise for us was that up
to 50,000 people passed this way some years. The total number of emigrants
over the years was estimated at half a million.
Our next stop was at Sinks Canyon State Park near Lander, WY. Its a unique
canyon where the stream drops into a cavern and resurfaces a quarter mile
later. The kicker is that the water takes two hours to traverse that
quarter mile. So --- where does it go during that time? Nobody seems to
Last year we were forced to skip about 40 miles of the CDT through the Gros
Ventre Wilderness by the Purdy fire (http://www.inciweb.org/incident/402/ ).
This year we came back to hike that section of the Trail. We just got off
the trail this afternoon.
I think were either the first or second/third hikers to go through the
section from Union Pass to Togwotee Pass this year. If there were any
tracks, we didnt see them. But we did find several used Kleenex and a
fresh cigarette butt. Yuck. We also found several spark plugs, a ratchet
wrench, several beer cans (Bud Lite, of course), and a spark plug socket.
They were all a long, long way from a road so the conclusion is that they
were dropped by snowmobilers sometime last winter.
On the other hand, our first day on the trail we saw over 100 elk, a mess of
antelope, a red-tail hawk, a deer, a flock of sandhill cranes and a bear (a
brown black bear). One of the sorta funny things was that just after we saw
the first elk herd (3 adults and 2 calves) we found a Carsonite post on
which someone had written: Theres no f..ing elk here. Kill the wolf
Within a mile we saw another herd of at least 35 elk. And then another herd
of 50. Some people need their eyes adjusted. We saw moose, deer and elk
the next two days, but not in such abundance.
It was a really good hike, with beautiful flower filled green meadows, lots
of water, and some navigational challenges to spice up the journey.
For those who might be interested, theres a much longer, more detailed
report of the last 3 days at
But I suspect few people will have a lot of interest in that level of
>From here, well head west to the Tetons, then well, well figure that out
later. But well be in Montana by next week.
Jim & Ginny
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