Tread On Me

Day 30

Mile 781

Trail marker

Trail marker

I picked a good spot to set up my tent the night before and I was warmed by an early rising sun. This was of course strategic, trying to get out of a 0 degree bag without sun is close to impossible. Getting an early start means early morning miles. I don't set an alarm, I just wake up at bird chirp thirty. 

I thought I would be clever and take a path on my map that looked a few miles shorter than the official route. And, It would've been, if it weren't for an impassible rushing river and a private ranch getting in the way. 

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I followed the river down stream to the place where I should've gone and found this essential bridge. I had no idea that this river would be so formidable, it appeared as a thin little blue line on my map just like dozens of other thin blue lines I pass over without getting my feet wet. 

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I've stopped caring about wet feet. The trail has been mainly soggy snow, mushy wet grass, mud and puddles recently. 

 

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Yet another reason why leather tramping trumps rubber.  

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Beware of floating ghost saws. 

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I saw a big herd of elk jump through this gate. I wonder what was over yonder-osa?