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The Greys River offers several dispersed camping locations. (Photo by Parker Loew/WGFD)
IF THERE'S A HEAVEN FOR
ARKANSAS RESIDENT KENNY
GARRETT, IT'S PROBABLY
SOMEWHERE ALONG THE
GREYS RIVER IN WYOMING.
He stumbled on it many years ago, after a
friend from work taught him how to fish for
trout and he was looking to spend a few days
fishing and camping by a river. The Greys, a
tributary of the Snake River, flows through
western Wyoming and is filled with trout. His
spot - he still calls it that - is surrounded
by dirt roads, 60 miles from an electric pole
and " out in the middle of frickin' nowhere, "
just how he likes it. Once when he was on
the bank surrounded by his catches, he spotted
a bear print underneath him. The bank
and his body smelled like trout, he realized.
When you're as big as a bear, you don't have
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to discern between a trout and a human who
smells like one, he thought at the time.
" It got me to wonderin' where he was, "
Garrett said and laughed, which he does often
when he tells camping stories.
Garrett considers Colorado and Wyoming
his favorite places to camp. When he visits, he
prefers to pitch a tent somewhere. He loved
Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park,
but he hasn't returned. He didn't like being
around so many people or reserving a spot and
getting a permit to camp. Instead, he likes to
find a spot on his own where he can see the
Milky Way at night. Garrett likes returning
home with another story, like the time he
was hanging out in his hammock and felt
something brush underneath him. It turned
out to be a mountain lion.
" I felt the slap of its tail as it went by
me, " he said. " That was kind of cool. Scary,
but cool. "
Garrett still finds places where he can go
out to nowhere, but those places are disappearing.
Even if you're not into getting too

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