The Desert of Wyoming
We were truly blessed as we hiked through the high desert of Wyoming. This is typically one of the sections that can be more challenging to hike through. It is open desert with no shade for most of the way, and the days are usually warm. Our days were dominated by cloud cover and very reasonable temperatures. It was cool enough to even wear our coats from time to time as we hiked. We were averaging 35 mile days as we traveled along the easy dirt roads of this stretch.
I had imagined that the landscape would be barren and somewhat flat, but was pleased to see the terrain change each day. We saw over 100 wild horses through this section of the hike. We were even blessed with a few close encounters in which we were able to interact with the horses on an intimate energetic level. It really amazes me that there is enough vegetation throughout the basin to sustain the sheer number of wild horses, free range cows, and pronghorn antelope that live out there.
Although we had amazing weather for our crossing, it was nice to get the desert behind us and re-enter the mountains once again. We have crossed into the state of Colorado. It is always a good feeling to move into another state. We should only have another 2 months ahead of us on the journey, and we have hiked over 1,500 miles so far.
The Kindness of Others
One of the beautiful parts of the trail is to experience the generosity that is alive and thriving in the world. There are so many people that give to us in various ways along our journey. We call them Trail Angels.
It might be as simple as giving us a ride into town when we are hitching from a pass to resupply, to going out of their way to drive us around to do our errands, or inviting us to stay in their home. There is nothing quite as hospitable as inviting a complete stranger into your home to shower, eat, wash laundry and sleep. We make some strong and lasting friendships along the trail, and it is an amazing opportunity to meet people from all walks of life.
One of the most shining examples of sheer generosity toward hikers is a couple that lives along the Pacific Crest Trail, The Saufley’s. They turn their whole yard into a hiker sanctuary for the hiking season. They erect large white tents filled with cots, turn over the extra single wide trailer on their property into a hiker hang out, and go all out. When you walk in the gate Donna greets you and runs you through the process. “Grab an extra set of clothes out of those bins, a towel over there, a clothes bag from there. Go in to the trailer, take a shower, put your clothes in the bag and your name on the bag. Bring it back here, I will wash and dry it for you and place the clean bag of laundry over there for you to pick up. Relax and enjoy your time off here!” I have never seen such kindness, and pure love for the hikers as Donna Saufley has!
One hiker even did a full documentary on the amazing kindness of trail angels, he is in the process of working on it and hopes to debut it next year. I can not convey the gratitude I feel for the Trail Angels we have been blessed to meet!
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