7/9/2020 – Wind River Range, Wyoming

It is hard to come up with the words to describe the beauty of the Wind River Range in Wyoming. I drove north from Salt Lake City, and stayed just an hour south of Pinedale, WY in a great little campsite in Kemmerer. The site was Fontanelle Creek Campground. Beautiful campsite with individual sites! I also showered for the first time in my van, and great success! I had ran the water before, but this was the first time I took a full-on shower, and it was fantastic.

The next morning, I headed just an hour north to a beautiful town of Pinedale, WY. I went to the laundry mat there and was able to get all my clothes cleaned and did my bed clothes as well. First time on my trip, I was happy to have cleaned up all my clothes! I met up with my friend, Craig, soon after, and we headed up to the Elkhart trailhead. Once there, we packed our packs, made some food, had a beer and then headed into the wilderness. 

We hiked roughly 15 miles the first day to Island Lake. We made it there right before dusk and were able to catch the beautiful Island Lake during thee Golden Hour. The mosquitoes were awful, but the views were so worth it. Soon after making supper, I headed to bed, pretty exhausted from the hike in. 

Day 2 into the Wind River Range, we hiked into the Indian Basin, set up our basecamps, and explored the basin. It was such a beautiful spot and we hiked up on this ridge that had a gorgeous quartz vein running through it. We poked around there for a while, and I found a beautiful crystal that I believe is to be smokey quartz or amethyst. Once we came down off the summit, we packed up our packs and headed to the Tittcomb Basin a few miles away. The sunsets in these basins are indescribable, and I am so grateful to have gotten to see them with my own eyes. 

The next morning, we slept in a little and then began packing up for the long haul back to the vans. It was roughly a 16-mile day back to the vehicles, and we crushed it all the way back to the vehicles. Once we got back to the van, some trail beers were in order, and then I had to go down the mountain to get service to reach out to my family and let them know I am safe. 

Traveling on the road and checking in with the parents are a must, if I can travel like I do and just check-in, I will do that to help them sleep better at night. Traveling as a solo female traveler, definitely has it’s concerns, and I try my best to keep up with my family and let them know I am safe. 

Today I am traveling north from beautiful Pinedale to the Tetons and Yellowstone. I will soon begin headed farther west to Oregon to meet my friends to hike some days on the PCT. 

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”

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