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Monday, July 20, 2009

Jarbidge Wilderness

So for the fourth of July, Jessica and I decided to go backpacking in the Jarbidge Wilderness. It's a place that's way off the map and somewhere you don't show up accidentally. If you are ever remotely near the area, I highly recommend stopping by.

So on the way up, we passed through Wells, NV and stopped by a ghost town called Metropolis. The only things left standing are the enterance to the school and the spot where the temple was. It was a mormon settlement that had the idea of pulling water from the Mary's River, but were sued by people from Lovelock who weren't getting enough water.

So then we headed on to Mary's River. It was started to rain when we got there, so we were a bit delayed, and only hiked in two miles that night. The next day we got up and hiked about five more miles up to a meadow, and then back to camp.

The views on the way up were amazing. The further up we went, the more mormon crickets we saw. At the last stream crossing it was unbelieveable. I took some joy in knocking them into the water. The trail was difficult to find, in part because it was hard to look down with so much beauty around.

We came across swarms of Mormon crickets. I don't know how many I stepped on, but it was tons. They all seem to be headed in the same direction and there were tons at one stream crossing.

Sunday we got up, packed camp and headed back to the car. We tossed our stuff in and off we drove. It was a great Fourth, but no fireworks.

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