7/25, day 90, 15 miles, 10,500′
Left Big Sandy Lodge at 10 am in a drizzling rain. The rain lasted most of the day. Even after it stopped, it sprinkled several more times.
The rain couldn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the Wind River Range though. We went from one spectacular mountain to the next. All along the Continental Divide. It ended in late afternoon when we climbed to a 10,500-foot plateau. There we got the full view of the mountains we had seen – all at once.
We met Boy Scout Troop 200 from Orlando, FL coming out. There were 40 scouts strung out over miles so we got to talk to lots of the scouts and some of the leaders. We were impressed with their manners and trail etiquette. I think they turned on the Southern Charm for us. I asked several if they enjoyed the mountains. They all grinned from ear to ear and answered, “Yes, ma’am.”
Late in the evening we met a couple with 2 llamas. They were surprised we had come from Big Sandy Lodge that day. We didn’t tell them we left late in the morning. They were very familiar with the trail in the area. We left in a hurry as it began to rain again. Later we wondered if the woman was the author of the guidebook we are using.