July 16, 2020

Traveling During a Pandemic

The first few nights after I left the Wind River Range, I headed north to the Tetons. I ended up spending a few days at the same campsite, (which is rare), and really just relaxed. I was able to hang up my hammock, read, and lay in the creek nearby. This was a free campsite that I found through freecampsites.net. I ended up having the place to myself for a few nights and really got to enjoy some peace and quiet in such a loud park!
Link to the campsite here: Spread Creek Meadows

The next day I hiked Cascade Canyon. Although it was very popular on All Trails, I really did not enjoy the hike fully. It was a total of about 15 miles and it took you deep into the canyon between Grand and Middle Tetons. It was a very crowded trail, which is difficult during these times, as wearing a mask and hiking isn’t as enjoyable as I’d like.

That evening, I met up with Will from Mountain Project. He had reached out to me and said he was interested in doing the Upper Exum of the Grand Teton. I decided to take on the challenge with him.

We left at 3:00 AM, and started our trek to Wall Street – the start of the climb. In total, it took us 20 hours to go car to car on this adventure. We hiked roughly 20 miles, climbed 12 pitches to the top of the Grand and did so much rock scrambling that I thought we couldn’t possibly get any higher! It was such an adventure for the books, I do not think I will ever forget that day. We got back to our vehicles at 11:00 PM the next evening and we both passed out immediately.

The next morning, after sleeping in of course, I packed up the van and headed north to Yellowstone. I was able to meet up again with my friend Sean and she successfully booked us a night in the park campground. We spent a peaceful evening by thee campfire.

We drove around the park the next day and went to some of the more popular sites before she had to leave to go north back to Montana where her trailer is. I was going to finish my drive through the park, but decided to cut out west early, the crowds were just too big for me to want to be around.

That evening I stayed at a beautiful campground by Henry Lake in Idaho. It was another free campground and had a boat loading dock as well. It was a quiet campground with clean toilets, which is always a perk!
Link to campground here: Bill Frome County Park

The last few days I have been in Idaho Falls doing errands. Today marks 3 total weeks on the road, and it has been going by so fast. I went and got a drill from Home Depot so I could go ahead and install my heater since I have decided to head north to Washington this weekend. I also took the time to take an overly long shower, do my laundry, clean my fridge and even managed to wash my van inside & out!

I am also in town to get new tires! The ones I have are totally fine, but I want something a little bigger and more All Terrain. I am definitely looking forward to getting new tires tomorrow and then making my way to Boise to meet up with some friends.

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

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