Just before leaving Casper WY we stopped at a mountaineering store. I’m looking for one more Thermorest sleeping pad just like the one we already have. I also wanted a tiny fuel bottle for our camp stove. I don’t like having to dig out the big fuel bottle every time wanted to use the stove. The store had the exact sleeping pad and fuel bottle I wanted, super. The foam rubber bed pad I had been using is old and has lost all its spring. I’m not use to camping in a park. When I primitive camp I choose tall grass or soft sand to sleep on. In a park you have one area to put your tent, usually hard as a rock. Thermorest pads are super pricy but do a heck of a job, pack up super small and weight only 13 ounces. I suck it up and pay the bill, happy knowing I will sleep better. Also this will give Heidi my old foam rubber pad on top of her Thermorest pad. Hopefully this will help prevent a mutiny. All this camping is new to Heidi and she is having a hard time at night. Like a captain of a lifeboat, I must take ultimate care of my crew. The success of the journey depends on it.
Casper to Shoshone:
This is a desolate part of Wyoming. We pulled over at a famous site where American Indians in the past would stampede Buffalo over a cliff as a means of hunting, Hell’s Half Acre. I had to check this place out. My father being part Native American made me aware of such practices. I know he would be thrilled I visited the place.
Cody WY: We are heading straight toward Cody WY, that’s the home of sierratradingpost.com, a website where we purchased a lot of our adventure gear. I needed a new pair of mountain running shoes, the pair I have are a half size too small and my feet aren’t liken it. Hiking is going to be a big part of this trip. We both need good foot gear. Anyway, I found the perfect shoe, I call them ‘white mans moccasins’. They’re a type of sandal hiking shoe, not a lot of cushion but a good grip on the bottom and are super light weight. Heidi questions my call with the light weight hikers. I assure her this is the shoe made for me. We will see.