Day 60

Late start from the cabin as Jeff’s tent and sleeping bag needed condensation to dry from them. For those wondering, condensation forms on the inside of a tent when the warmth and humidity from the camper hits the cool tent forming a thin coating of water. If the sleeping bag comes into contact with the walls, the water leaches into the bag. If the bag is damp it loses insulation value. Carrying a wet tent weighs more and, if not dried, can mildew.

The wildflowers were once again lovely. We walked through many meadows and crossed a lot of creeks and streams. We had to ford a wide stream and, as I had clean socks on, I elected to remove my shoes and socks and cross barefoot. Oh my goodness! The water was so cold my feet were numb upon reaching the shore. Hurt! I almost cried from the cold. I do not know why I bothered as I slipped and dropped a foot into a different stream and then I missed the shore and my foot went into a bog complete with sticky black mud. Wet shoes the rest of the day.

It was in the 80s today and hot as we crossed the meadows. We came upon a couple camping and then noticed 4 white tents in the distance and finally within 2 miles came across a horse camp. There are horseback tours from Yellowstone that go out for 5-6 days. They offered us coffee but we declined.

Our intent was to hike 21+ miles today with a climb over 6 miles and 2000 feet at the end of the day. I talked Jeff into camping 6 miles early so we could tackle the climb when we are fresh in the morning. It was a very tiring day.

After setting up camp we both took all of our shoes and socks to the stream to wash. I am hoping we were able to clean them enough to keep them from feeling like cardboard. We’ll know soon as they are hanging in trees drying.

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Elevation 8210

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