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Team: North
Robert Ashley
Tuesday, September 24
Tuesday, September 24, 2002. 11:30 a.m. Cedar Springs Marina near Flaming Gorge Dam.

I had my boat ride yesterday afternoon on Flaming Gorge Reservoir, so I volunteered to “shuttle” today. Actually, after 15 minutes on the boat, I was both chilly and bored and ready to be back in camp. The prospect of spending all morning on a “thrilling” boat ride did not excite me, particularly as it was about 40 degrees at launch time. Cheryl, Stephen, and I drove the Hondas to the meeting place at Cedar Springs Marina, and I thoroughly enjoyed the twisting mountainous drive on Highway 191. We hurried to get here before the boat. We arrived about 10:00, and it is now 11:30. No boat. No surprise.

We camped at Firehole Canyon for the past two nights in a campground closed to all but our use. The site commanded a spectacular view of the reservoir and the “chimney rocks” area. I took advantage of one of the dozen or so picnic areas, the tables sheltered from the wind on two sides and from the sun and rain with a partial roof. Rather than setting up my tent, I slept on a table. A combination of factors contributed to a very memorable Sunday evening. The anticipation of the trek’s end may have drawn us closer to one another. We gathered around a campfires and enjoyed the full moon, the equinox, Dave’s music (guitar, harmonica, and voice), and a special camaraderie.

Bob van Deven and I got up early Monday to do some photography in the Firehole Canyon and Flaming Gorge areas. We may have gotten a few good shots, but I don’t recall anything extraordinary. The early morning drive was interesting, though, on another of those twisting, up-and-down but good gravel roads. We discovered the road had claimed a pair of victims the night before as we rounded a curve and sharp drop of 60-80’. A pickup truck sat upright at the bottom of a narrow ravine, its tire tracks clearly marked on the sheer cliff face. The occupants were not seriously hurt. They had attempted to walk back to the highway, but after two hours they realized that the distance was too great. Cold, they returned to the truck to wait for help. We drove them to Rock Springs and spent several hours running errands.

Rock Springs advertises itself as a city which has 56 nationalities represented among its citizens, and the street light posts are adorned with national flags. I presume they represent the multiple nationalities and that if I looked long enough I’d find them all. I was therefore surprised to find no ethnic restaurants downtown. At the edge of town, the “Sands” is obviously a Chinese restaurant, and the largest laughing Buddha in Wyoming greets visitors at the street. The menu announced “American and Chinese foods,” but the Chinese listing was for full dinners. Bob v. ordered chicken cordon bleu and I requested the Greek lamb gyro on pita.

“Is the chef Chinese?” I asked the waiter, wondering if he was versatile enough to do justice to our orders. “Yeh,” he responded. “But we have another guy to do the American stuff.”
for Tuesday, September 24
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Team: North
Robert Ashley
Bob Ashley poses with school children at the Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Heritage Exposition 2002
. Robert Ashley is a teacher from Illinois.
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