Day 45 & 46: Winding down

510 miles
$32: Colter Bay Campground, Grand Teton National Park, WY
$0: moochdocking at brother Tim’s in Idledale, CO

By the time my Colter Bay stay was over, I had rolled 110lbs of kayak and gear from the campsite to the lake and back seven times. Tiring, but worth it.

After yesterday’s rewarding views on the sunrise breakfast cruise, I thought I’d watch the sunrise from the kayak. The water looked like glassy mercury – rolling waves, but no ripples.

Later in the, day, there was just enough wind to use the sail.

And for my third trip, I watched the sunset from the kayak. Once the sun dips below the horizon, the mountains come back into view, with hazy rays of light streaming down the valleys.

The next morning, I took one last walk down to the beach to watch the sunrise with a dozen or so dispersed “worshippers” along the shore. Some with tripods, others with just a cup of coffee.

It’s an odd way to watch a sunrise – in reverse, facing away from the sun. First, the sun lights just the tops of the mountains.

As it crept down the mountain, I imagined this scene unfolding all across North America at scenic points like this. At incrementally different points in time, ignoring man-made time-zones.

As I walked back up the hill for the last time, a fox came towards me on the path. “Out of my way – I have fruit, berries, and small mammals I need to attend to.”

I was very sad to put the kayak on the roof for the last time, knowing it would be there until Delaware. For all of its hassles, I’m very glad I brought it, especially to see these familiar and new sites from a different perspective.

I drove all day, so not many photos. Just two.

First, a surprising number of cigarette butts next to my gas pump. Is it possible Sinclair diesel doesn’t ignite?

Later, I was warned to watch out for rattlesnakes at a rest stop.

6 thoughts on “Day 45 & 46: Winding down

  1. What extraordinary adventure you have had, Dan. I have loved reading through your blog entries and thank you so much for posting all of the great photographs.—Laurel

      1. Seeking part-time employment in the arts. Wish I had the moxie to travel solo in the hinterland like you. And in an air stream, no less. No complaints, however. Glad I had many adventures in the past. Please keep in touch.

  2. Dan, you replied “You might want to go see what they’re up to! Perhaps you will like their blog as much as they liked your comment!” I didn’t see any of the comments that you mention. Maybe I’m not looking at the right pages or something on the blog. Could you advise or expand on this please? I’m a little confused. Laurel

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