The initial plan after Glacier NP was to go to Yellowstone and the Tetons, then the Wind Rivers. But after checking the forecast, which said it was supposed to snow and rain for 10 days straight...well, yeah, changing plans was the thing to do. No big deal. The weather for the Wind River area was so-so, and we had to drive that direction anyway, so yonder we went...13 hour drive to Pinedale, Wyoming. Insane cloud cover pretty much the entire drive. Gnarly things happening in the sky. Got to Freemont Lake near the Wind Rivers about 1 am.
I was up before sunrise (because really, who needs sleep? Not me!). Wandered around with my coffee and saw a migrant Northern Waterthrush. Passed a pretty big warbler flock nearby also.
Despite the forecast saying it was supposed to be okay, there were some mildly threatening clouds moving quickly in our direction. However, I was determined to get a hike in here, so we found an 8 miler that we ended up getting rained, hailed, and snowed on. Oh yeah, it was cold. Still beautiful though. Zac and I need to go back and spend at least 5 days in the backcountry there because it's a pretty badass place.
On the drive to the trailhead, I stopped in the road to take some cloud pictures. Ran over a couple hills quick and saw a Golden Eagle just hovering about 15 feet from me in the wind. Wow! What an awesome view of him!
The hike was fun despite the weather. I really, really like the Winds. It was stupid cold but I ended up trail running some of it to warm up. The forest was crazy green and the views were awesome. Lots of gray jays (wished I had brought the 500 mm).
Stopped for a quick snack (I had lost feeling in my fingers at this point due to the cold) before heading back down. Did I mention there was significant thunder and lightening, too? Indeed.
At the trailhead, put the Jetboil to use and made about 4 meals to get me through the next couple days. Stopped at an overlook on the drive down and took some pictures. While I was sitting on a rock, a chipmunk CLIMBED ONTO MY SHOULDER! Holy crap, talk about cute overload.
The weather got worse during the drive. Some pretty serious rain. Definitely ready for some sun and heat at this point! Made it to Provo Utah by about 10 pm. A couple Great-horned owls were calling all night long by the tents. I like those guys :) My World Nature Notes