We didn’t have time to do much planning. Justin and I live one day at a time. So when he tried to get a wilderness pass to hike in RMNP we were unsuccessful. Instead there is a bypass AKA an alternative which I slack packed today. As I rounded a corner I came upon a Moose and her Moosling. Quickly I snapped this picture and moved on. The Moose are not frightened of people and they do not run away. Instead these massive animal just stand there and stare back at you.
I’m going to climb Parkview mountain which is in the distance and 12296 ft above sea level. It took me 5 long hours to climb. The second picture is from the top. The nose strip helps me breath the rarified air. Now to descend down the knife edge for miles.
Last Thursday July 30 I passed ￼the 300 mile mark.
As you hike along some of the views are extraordinary.
Even though it’s late July it seems that the mountain flowers think it’s spring.
The trail is getting higher. I’m typically over 10,000 feet above sea level. For someone from Austin TX I’m still not fully adjusted. It is especially difficult getting enough oxygen when climbing. There are times when I have to just stop and try to gulp in enough air.
At the border from Wyoming to Colorado some one put white rocks across the trail to mark the border. Someone else nailed a Colorado license plate and a Wyoming license plate to a tree.
From no trees to trees, from sand and gravel to soil, from plains to mountains the scenery is changing.
Past the 200 mile mark in Wyoming.
For a stretch in Wyoming I had a 20+ mile road walk. The CDT is not complete and sometimes it has you march along a crushed gravel road. Although it can be boring it sure beats going from marker to marker with no trail at all.