September 19, 2023
I was in a race against time. As the Jeep crossed the state line into Wyoming at Cheyenne, the roiling black clouds to the north indicated the massive early-season storm was barreling down onto the high plains from the Pacific Northwest. I was running six hours late due to a flight delay getting into Denver. Night was falling and our hunt was going to start in less than 12 hours. Now it looked like the gathering storm was going to shut me down short of my destination. By the time I dropped off the mesa into Douglas, it was pitch black with near white-out conditions. I pulled into the first motel I saw and luckily got one of the last rooms for the night.
Waking before first light...