The Red Desert 3 Day 2 Night Tour and Camp-Out Trip with John Mionczynski Friday June 23rd-Sunday June 25th, 2023
This Wyoming Red Desert tour is our 6th year. We will generally be traveling the same route as last year (as our permit allows) and will be covering more information as every trip is different. If you have never been to the Wyoming Red Desert, it is a hidden ecosystem that is virtually unknown even by many Wyoming residents. The Red Desert located in south central Wyoming covers an area of 9,320 square miles. John Mionczynski (ethnobotanist, biologist, historian and a founder of the Native Memory Project) will take us on a caravan drive and hike through the heart of the Red Desert. He will discuss the unique flora and fauna including the plant medicine of the region. We will explore the historic Oregon Trail and the California Gold Rush Trail, pioneering history including the Transcontinental Telegraph Line and the Stagecoach route to and from Atlantic City and South Pass City, Wyoming. We'll hike through archeological sites, fossil beds and geologic formations. Native American spirituality and sacredness of various sites will be an integral part of the experience. Bring your cameras and many questions. You can check out the following important information to be prepared for this trip.
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THE NEW FIELD MAP & OTHER INFORMATION: https://reddesert.org
THIS IS A FIELD TRIP STYLE EXPERIENCE: The tour of the Red Desert is not a tour that has precise designated stops with a tour guide map telling everyone what the next site is. There are general locations that John (our experienced leader) will lead us to which include stops where he will present the history and significance of each site. Occasionally the stops may be changed due to weather conditions.
THE WYOMING RED DESERT MAP: The Wyoming Red Desert Map was produced by Citizens for the Red Desert organization of which John Mionczyski is a member. This map was made available beginning in March, 2020 will be provided for each participant to use and see the various locations where we will be stopping, hiking or camping.
DATE & TIME: We will meet at 9:00 AM on Friday June 23th and will adjourn at approximately 3:00 PM on Sunday June 25th. Please be prompt and arrive on time. If you have any problems at all don't hesitate to call Heather Matthews at (307) 690-1332 or Ben Scott Clark (307) 690-8155. Those of you who wish to stay longer may certainly discuss that option with John. Please be respectful of John's time as he may have other pressing engagements. Thank you.
LIMITED NUMBER OF ATTENDEES: There is a limit to the number of attendees so please make sure you sign up early to ensure your place.
OUR VEHICLE LIMIT IS NO MORE THAN 10 VEHICLES SO WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE CARPOOLING. It is imperative that we limit the number of vehicles on the trip as too many vehicles often slows the group down while waiting for people to catch up. Carpooling can be a lot of fun. Please contact Heather Matthews at (307) 690-1332 regarding any questions you may have concerning the trip and vehicle requirements. Thank you.
VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS: We highly recommend that you bring an off-road vehicle for this trip. If you don't have an off-road vehicle with a clearance that is sufficiently high (8.5 inches or more), we recommend you travel with someone who does. If you do decide to bring a vehicle that is not off-road that is your personal choice and you are responsible for any possible damage to your vehicle that may happen as a result.
MEETING PLACE: FARSON, WYOMING. Friday June 23rd At 9:00 AM we will meet at the Farson Mercantile in Farson, Wyoming located on the corner of highway 191 and highway 28. The exact coordinates are 4048 US - 191, Farson, WY 82932. Farson is a 3 hour drive south of Jackson, Wyoming. The Farson location has great cell reception and there is protected parking adjacent to the Farson Mercantile located across the highway from a gas station.
CELLULAR SERVICE: The Wyoming Red Desert has spotty cellular service and there are large areas where there is no cell service at all. It is very important that you stay with the group. If you get separated from the main group and cannot find the caravan of cars don't panic you can drive your vehicle to an elevated area on the road where you are more likely to get cell service and call Heather Matthews at (307) 690-1332 or Ben (307) 690-8155 so we can guide you back to the group. Also text service has a bigger range so texting can often work where cell service does not. We recommend you not depend upon your cell phone except for an emergency or to take memorable photos and using the recording or video app on your cell phone in taking notes of John Mionczynski's discussions.
ABSOLUTELY NO DOGS OR OTHER PETS PERMITTED ON THIS TOUR
The Wyoming Red Desert Tour consists of wildlife observation including the presence of wild horses. We know how much our pets mean to us as part of our family, however, in this instance it is crucial that you not bring your pets who can upset wildlife which can not only create a distraction and harm other participants opportunity for up close photographing and experiencing wildlife but can harm wildlife as well. Please leave your pets at home in the care of friends or family. Thank you for your understanding.
PLEASE STAY WITH THE GROUP AND NO TALKING DURING JOHN'S PRESENVATION. It is very important that people not talk when John is talking about the Red Desert at each stop. This will enable everyone to have a much better experience of learning from John. You can save the chitchat until later when we have lunch breaks or when we set up camp each evening.
IMPORTANT ITEMS TO BRING
- Sleeping bag and pillow. You may sleep in your vehicle, in a tent you provide or on the ground. A thick sleeping pad or blow up mattress is strongly suggested.
- Pack your own food with either paper plates, metal or ceramic plates (that can be washed) and utensils. We will be having at least 2 short food breaks each day on this trip. Bring snacks and other easily accessible foods as well. We strongly suggest you bring an ice cooler to pack perishable food in. A Camp Stove is strongly Encouraged along with camp cooking supplies like a small dutch oven and/or cast iron or other metal pots and pans made for camping.
- We suggest you bring a bundle or two of firewood (if possible) should you want to have your own campfire.
- A back pack is essential.
- Bring 2 1/2 days worth of water. Please bring full water containers for the trip as you will need to stay hydrated.
- THERE ARE NO OUT-HOUSES OR BATHROOMS ON THIS TRIP. LEAVE NO TRACE! Please bring your own toilet paper, biodegradable wipes, etc. A small shovel is encouraged to bury any biodegradable waste you may leave. Do all you can to keep the desert as untouched as when you found it.
- Make sure your gas tank is full at Farson, Wyoming.
- Dress for hiking which means you should bring shorts and tee shirts along with a few pairs of warm jeans or other hiking pants.
- Bring a jacket and layers of warm clothing as we could have inclement weather.
- Bring comfortable hiking shoes.
- Sunscreen is a must
- Insect repellant
- People should have a First Aid Kit that is easily accessible in your back pack or vehicle.
- Flash Light
- PACK ALL TRASH OUT WITH YOU. DO NOT LEAVE ANY TRASH BEHIND.
Waiver Signatures Required: Since there will be some climbing and hiking (relatively easy to navigate) that we will be doing there is some risk to participants. Though highly unlikely, there is a risk of a fall and injury. If you feel uneasy about hiking on the Honeycomb Buttes then you do have an option to explore the areas below the buttes with other people in the group who so choose. American Wilderness Botanicals and John Mionczynski are not held responsible for any risk or injury to any participant.
Refund Policy: American Wilderness Botanicals' refund policy on this package tour is 50% refund from day of purchase through Thursday June 8th, 2023. Beginning at 12 a.m. June 9th, 2023 there are no refunds. If you have a need to cancel you are strongly encouraged to contact Ben Scott Clark at (307) 690-8155 and transfer your place to another person who wishes to go. In other words this purchase is definitely transferrable to another individual. Thank you.
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