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Discussion: Plains of Despair

in: Swampfox; Swampfox > 2020-06-29

Jul 2, 2020 2:19 AM # 
Enjoyed 2 hour map hike after 1st day of driving home. Great memories.
First chose campsite with most mosquitoes - they buzzed me off to much better site away from swamp and in the wind. Nearly all "sites with fire rings" were taken. Not planning a fire, I set up on side of road.
90 degrees and humid in 2 days - I'll savor the good weather while it lasts!
Picked up take-out from Sweet Melissa - delicious. Restaurants, bars, and bookstores - Laramie has a great downtown!
Jul 2, 2020 7:47 PM # 
Good to hear.

It's actually a pretty average year for mosquitoes, which translates (to me) as "bad enough"--my tolerance for them being not so high. They usually start showing up around mid-June and probably peak right around now, and have started to wane by mid-July and quickly diminish then.

The further east you go in the National Forest where you were, the better, and the more open the area, the better, too. There's a trade-off with wind, but as far as the bugs go, some breeze makes a big positive difference.
Jul 4, 2020 2:28 AM # 
Took Headquarters trail Thursday morning to great overlooks west and east. Latter gave great views of Plains of Despair and other maps!
Jul 4, 2020 7:18 PM # 
Every so often if you look out from that eastern overlook, and it's a really clear day and conditions are right, you can see Omaha. Some people say: "But that can't be possible!" Some people just don't have the imagination it takes. ; )
Jul 6, 2020 2:14 PM # 
No Omaha sighting...but I wasn't scanning for it.
My main impression was that those impressive on-foot rock features on your maps are puny and hard-to-spot from that bluff.
Home now -- darn, hot and humid in STL!

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