Had an intentional alarm of 7a. Wanted to check dots and thought maybe since we were closer to Casper I thought I could dot watch. No go. So, photographer guy and I flew into Casper and once I got a cup of coffee and internet, realized they were close to the dam and I could catch them at 31. So I ran out and buzzed to the dam and waited. Climbed up and down the dam and was so confused...when I was at the top of the Alcova hill I thought for sure that they were closing in on 31. A couple of other photographers drove in further when they saw the blueberry thinking they would see the team as well. Two teams came through, then my beloved UNE.
Got some photos and a status and hiked with them to their put in. Made my way back to the car and drove into Alcova. Saw Teton coming into 33. Photographer guy pulled up (I wasn't stealth in that car) and said he just passed them on the road and asked if I wanted a ride up...so went to see them trekking in the hot sun on pavement...ugh. Then, I parked myself back at 33.
Torrential storms started to roll through. I had some in and out internet with my booster, and noticed their dot had passed me and they were on the river! What? It was HAILING. SOS call to 4x4 friend to go check on them via the 2 track along the river. They weren't there, and then the dot skipped over to the Reservoir. Drove over there. Dot skipped AGAIN. Grrr..... The rain stopped, and it showed them down the river, to an area I couldn't access at all and hoped they would forgive me.
In the meantime, thought we would say hello to Canada AR. Got to a pull over area along the Fremont Canyon and heard a scream as we exited the truck. Canyons help amplify. We went down the canyon and saw the team in the water and some gear in the rocks. We were proper and non interfering.
Here is a picture of the canyon:
With no further storms on the horizon, grabbed a bite to eat and I headed to 34. I was not going to move and set my alarm for every 30-45 minutes. The team got in midnightish and rolled out on to their last leg. I played "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang to celebrate the last leg. Went to the finish and started 30-45 min cat naps around 3a.