I woke up this morning undecided on the plan for today. The original plan was to just drive down to Grand Teton National Park after doing Yellowstone, but I really didn’t want to have to drive back into Yellowstone to get there, as the South exit for Yellowstone is the primary way to get to Grand Teton from where we were. Instead of thinking about the plan for the day, I read an amazing article about the Last True Hermit a friend had sent me. It’s honestly an amazing story and you should read it. Yes, YOU. Stop reading this garble and go read that story. It’s way cooler. The dude lived for 27 years in the woods, undetected!
Anywho, after I finished the article, I had decided it was time to leave the Yellowstone area and we headed South towards Utah. We stopped off in Rexburg, Idaho, and watched the Minions movie and then continued on our way. I think we arrived in Northern Utah right around 6:30pm.
Once in town, we met up with the lovely Carolyn and her roommate Camie to do a hike. I “met” Carolyn maybe a month or so ago after I messaged random people on a travel website about doing some hikes in Utah, since this was the state I planned on spending the most time in. We met up at a local coffee shop here, then headed off for the trail.
They called the hike Waterfall Canyon, but that’s not the actual name. I can’t remember the actual name, but it’s a hike part way up a mountain that leads to a pretty tall (easily a couple hundred feet high), but pretty dry waterfall (more of a trickle). I guess the winter was pretty mild here, so there’s not as much water on the mountain as usual. It was still a really nice view. The hike was fairly short, maybe around 20 to 30 minutes to get to the top. We all sat up there for a few hours just talking about random nonsense, waiting for the sun to go down before hiking back to the cars.
While talking with Carolyn and Camie, we got some good tips on places to see and things to do in the area so we’re probably gonna hang out here for a few days. There’s supposed to be a Farmer’s Market on Saturday we’ll be checking out and some concert on Sunday. We’ll hopefully get some more hikes squeezed in there, too.
It was pretty awesome meeting up with Carolyn and Camie. They’re both really young, but are quite outgoing and motivated people. I was really intrigued by Carolyn, who I spoke to the most, as she seems highly driven to live life outside of the box and I think that’s the most fantastic thing ever. It’s hard for me to even imagine myself at age 21, because of how different I was. I definitely never imagined myself gallivanting across the country in a van. The main thing I was thinking about back then was getting out of the military and getting a contracting job in Maryland to make the big bucks. It took me almost a decade after that before I finally did get out. It’s amazing how things change.
We’re camping out at another Walmart again tonight. Tomorrow should be a good day.