July 26, Day 34 – Enjoying the amenities of a National Park

I got out of bed pretty quickly this morning and for good reason. There’s a $15 breakfast buffet at Old Faithful Inn that starts at 6:30am. The road was pretty desolate this morning so I was worried about how long it would take to get a hitch but it only took about 20 minutes. In order to improve my odds for a hitch, I walked down the highway a bit to get to an intersection and came across about 15 elk standing alongside the road. They didn’t seem to mind that I was there and I was able to get some pictures and videos of them. Right after walking away from them, someone picked me up and took me all the way to the front door of the buffet. Rob, Trashalope and Approach showed up over the next hour and we had a wonderful breakfast together. We spent the rest of the day relaxing outside the general store and talking with other hikers. Our campsite for the night was only 12 flat miles away so I waited until 4:30 to start hiking. This also gave me the chance to talk with Colleen for over an hour. It was great to catch up for a bit! Rob, Approach and I all camped together and went to sleep as soon as the sun went down. All that eating really wore us out. The first half of the trail today was on the CDT but the second half and our campsite are not. We are headed straight south in order to hike the Teton Crest Trail for a few days and then see some friends of mine in Jackson. We won’t be back on the CDT again for at least a week.

Miles: 12.3 Total Miles: 531.0

Elevation of Camp: 8,372’

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