Day 079 Rawlins

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Ken or Marcia Powers
C/O General Delivery
US Post Office
106 5th Street
Rawlins, WY 82301

CDT through hiker
Estimated Pick-up Date 7/22/2002
Will hold packages 30 days.

7/14, day 79, 13 miles, 6870′
We hitched back to Bridger Pass Road. It must have looked strange when we got out of the car and started walking back in the direction we just come from.

We started walking at 3 pm and arrived back in Rawlins at 7:15 pm. Good time for 13 miles. We also had 4-5 off trail miles, so it was a big day. The temperature was warm, but not unbearable. We saw a red fox as we approached town.

We got email from hiker friends who were behind us. They got caught in the forest fire we saw starting up. They were hiking into the area where lightning and thunder were so strong for us. Apparently one of the lightning strikes hit a tree and smoldered until they got there (2-3 days). The ranger told them to find a ride out of the area so they skipped ahead to Rawlins.

Thanks to those that gave us the definition of riparian, in this case the grasses and fauna along Muddy Creek. That is where Ken saw weasel-like small animal that were ermines. Their coats turn white in winter except for the black tip. (Think of royalty pictures where robes are trimmed in white fur with black dots).

We also saw a sign today that said: attn cows do not cross painted lines on road. I guess cows read in WY.

… Gottawalk

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