Friday, September 14, 2007

Steamboat Springs, CO

First, to mail me something at a post office, you can send it to:
Garret Christensen
c/o General Delivery
Town, State

But I won't be using that many PO's any more, just Twin Lakes, CO (81251) on 9/22, Grants, NM (87020) on 10/13, Pie Town, NM (87827) on 10/16. You could also use USPS to Ghost Ranch (on 10/7):
Garret Christensen
c/o Ghost Ranch Conference Center
HC77, Box 11
Abiquiu, NM 87510

and write "Please hold for hiker, ETA ---" on the package. (The postal address in my last post for the Monarch Crest store is apparently no good, you have to use UPS, so don't worry about that.)


Everything is going well. It's raining like CRAZY outside, so it's good that I'm sitting in the library. I've got my next bunch of maps, now I've just got to go buy a bunch of food and mail it ahead to avoid some long hitches. There's a long highway walk south of town, so hopefully I can get started on that before it's too dark--camping between the road and the fence kinda sucks. I'm way bummed that Into the Wild isn't out till next week. When I was in junior high, my mom brought that book home from the library, handed it to me and said, "Don't let this happen to you." Chris McCandless grew up in the same county as me, went to the high school five minutes from mine, in his family he got along best with his sister, he was a huge Redskins fan, and his dad was a defense-contracting radar engineer (mine is a defense-contracting sonar engineer).

Anyway, I'm obviously back in Colorado. The Huston Park Wilderness didn't have 300 elk in it this time, but boy have I been seeing a lot of hunters. Scott Williamson tells me that after Labor Day he hikes thousands of miles in the Sierras without seeing a soul. I'm seeing more people out here now that it's bow/black powder season. My dad sent me a new tech tee that, if not exactly blaze orange, is at least "please don't shoot my youngest child" orange. Plus I found a blaze vest by the side of the road, so I drape that on the back of my pack. I'm up to 3 days with no new trail. The road south of Rawlins and the crossing the WY/CO border days are so uneventful that there aren't really good opportunities for alternates.

Three weeks and 600 miles for the rest of Colorado. Can I pull it off? I'm sure it'll snow on me at least once, it's just a question of how much.


  1. Anonymous1:36 PM

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  2. Hike, Garret, hike like the wind.
    Make haste to New Mexico.


  3. Anonymous5:55 PM

    Hi, Garret, Glad to hear that it's going well but sorry to hear that it's raining like crazy and you have to worry about hunters.

    Keep plugging away across Colorado. You're the man!