July 9, 1997
Location: Fort Bridger - 96 miles left, Wyoming - (You cross four gushing creeks, within half a mile, before you reach the Fort, and by traveling half a mile beyond the Fort, you will cross three others, and then find a good place to camp.) - 917 miles from Winter Quarters.
Summary: Miller Station to Fort Bridger -- a short trip to a green valley, meeting future family
Journal entry: Amy and I are both feeling much better today. We left camp and cut over to the highway today that leads to Lyman and Bridger. It was hot walking on pavement all day, and I almost wished that we were back on the dusty dirt roads strewn with sagebrush, simply because it is much cooler.
Just outside of Fort Bridger, the big water tanker truck turned on the sprayers and hosed us down as it passed us on the highway. We pulled into Fort Bridger about 2:00 after a twelve mile walk. The entire trip was very scenic. We had the Uintah mountains in the southwest. They are getting closer. The Windriver mountains are just barely visible back in the northeast. As we passed through Lyman and into the Bridger valley, the green fields welcomed us to what seems like an oasis. Out in the middle of a desert, people are farming and things are green and beautiful. The fort itself is a beautiful area. It is a national historic site. I will describe it in more detail tomorrow.
When I got back from doing some laundry, Amy's family was there waiting. Her dad and mom, Phil and Liz, and her brothers, Dave and Jerry, came today in a motor home to spend a few days on the Mormon Trail. Phil is very kind and enjoyable, and I never once felt nervous being around my future father-in-law. I met Liz back in Fort Laramie, and it was good to talk with her again. Dave is the youngest and has short hair and a wide smile, full of twisted steel (braces). Jerry is older and is serving as a service missionary at the MTC [Missionary Training Center]. He is cool. It will be fun having them here for the next few days to get to know them.