I encounter hawks, elk, cattle, and Ann! The trail takes a different route than I expect, then takes me high.
I get some time in high on the continental divide, encounter a pair of grouse, solve terrain puzzles, and reach my first rendezvous point at Mile creek.
I leave Ann for the trail and get straight into water issues while I think about my hopes for the hike.
We change our minds about to how to get to the start of my hike in Idaho.
We contemplate the reasons good visits can wear us down, and climb a few fun routes outside Lander, Wyoming. Don’t get worried if there’s a delay in posts after this, the next phase will take me far from the internets.
We finish up our Colorado visits and head north.
A snippet of a walk around the neighborhood during our visit.
We cheer our friends in Denver and hear them say vows Ann and I would say again to each other.
Visiting my cousin Doug in Fort Collins, 4-year-old cousin Hazel proves a tough interview subject. Five-month-old Miles is more cooperative. We sing happy birthday to their Grandma Beth.
We spend our last day in Vedauwoo on foot. I concoct a southbound traversal linking many of the trails I’ve scoped out and one I’ve never seen, finishing at the Nautilus rock formation, too pooped to climb it.