I was a wimp last night. Instead of sleeping in the back of my truck like
I normally do, I opted for a hotel room. Soft bed. Plush pillows. Satellite TV. Wi-Fi. Oh, and heat. Let’s not forget that part. Now I am paying for that decision. Out here, towns are few and far between and the closest hotel was over an hour away in Idaho Falls.
Timing is everything with sage grouse, and I needed to be in my blind, not at sunrise, but an hour before first light. First light, that moment when the sky first begins to glow, is around 6am right now. This meant that I needed to be in the hide by 5am. Given the distance, and the fact that I had to find my way back in here on unmarked dirt roads and hike in, I rolled out of the hotel parking lot at three in the morning.