Notable / Highlight of the Day: I woke up this morning complely cinched in my sleeping bag, picture a dog who sticks it’s head down a sleeve…that’s pretty much what i looked like…it’s been so chilly at night, i haven’t been sleeping well, which typically leads to some grumpiness…I work up at 6, but was so exausted I fell back asleep until 7, then 8ish. I finally dragged myself out of bed and had a lazy start while enjoying breakfast with Suzie and the couple who are wrapping up a month-long trip before he moves to DC and she heads back to Richmond.
Because of the chilly nights (below 40), the wet outlook, and my next few weeks being in more northern climates, I headed into town to check out a gear store just as the skies opened up. I struck out on sleeping bags but got a 2nd hand pair of water repelent pants since I’ve been wearing this pair so much. I ended up ordering a fancy sleeping bag from Amazon that has a built in internal blanket and foot hole in case my feet get too hot. I am hoping it also affords a bit more leg room.
I spent some time catching up on a few emails, paying bills, and writing up at the visitors center as they have free wifi. I then headed back to the ranch to make a late lunch/early dinner just in time for the rain to pick back up.
I was going to head for a short evening hike, but the sky continued to look ominous, so instead hunkered down in the library and read for the remainder of the evening.
Current Location: Moose, WY
Cost of Coffee: Brewed my own
Miles Traveled: maybe 60
Miles Walked: >1
Dollars Spent Today: $173 – $110 on a cold-weather sleeping bag, $37 on gas, $26 on fancy rain pants
Total Dollars Spent: $1,339 (trending just shy of $70 a day [the sleeping bag didn’t help] I hope the next few stops start to get cheaper)
Number of Dogs Seen / Dog of the Day: none
People Met: Got to know Suzie, a regular at the Ranch and a cool couple (who’s names have slipped) who are wrapping up their month on the road.
How Am I Feeling: I’m feeling a bit impotent: like I should be contributing to something bigger and how could I be doing something so selfish. also I am feeling guilty like shouldn’t be wasting a damn minute and that I should be seeing every corner of this park and not wasting days reading even if it’s raining. I’m stressing a bit about money too, I feel like I’m spending too fast and I had some remaining bills from DC roll in…which sucked. I’m starting to get a bit bummed out, wondering if some people see my only value in fulfilling their needs (yes, but there are others out there who aren’t that way at all). I’m also really painfully missing the dogs.
I’m learning how to have deeper conversations with folks besides the where are you from/what brought you here/why are you interested in this place but it’s going to take more work and more creativity.
What am I reading: Moonwalking with Einstein