Life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived. A person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath. “I’ll tell you how the sun rose, one ribbon at a time.” It’s a living book, this life.
- Donald Miller, “Through Painted Deserts”
Pipestone Lake to Pinedale
A porcupine visited our camp last night and was quickly shooed away by Drop n’ Roll, but only after the critter nibbled on her trekking pole. The porcupine then ran toward my tent and I let out a scream that woke everyone up. The poor thing scampered away.
My visit through the Winds has reminded me of some of my favorite special places in the Sierra Nevadas: Palisade Basin, Thousand Island Lake, Tuolumne Meadows, the Sierra High Route, and Seldon Pass. We passed lake after beautiful lake with gentle passes connecting them together. It was such a great feeling.
In order to avoid carrying massive amounts of food for our Winds adventure, we chose to hitch into Pinedale to resupply. This is a great little town with everything we need. Everyone in town has been very helpful and informative. We were even able to finally find out the gender of Kate Middleton’s new baby. The group has been anxious about this all week. Haha.
During our stay we were also informed that bear spray is now a necessity as we head north. We are now armed with bear spray and bear bags for hanging food as we head back into the winds. We have also decided to take the Napsack alternate. This will add some miles, but it is supposed to be incredibly scenic and challenging. My favorite.
Fun fact about Wyoming: there is no one in Wyoming. At least it seems that way. Sublette county is the largest county in the United States (larger than Rhode Island), but there are less people than any other county in the country. 70% of Wyoming is considered unlivable space, and there are actually more cows in the state than people. There is no one in Wyoming.