There were lots of red and blue lights waiting in line to come in. It was daunting, but not at all foreshadowing.
Only three run ins with police folk this year:
Early Friday or Saturday morning (the days blend for me) I took out on a solo walk, bringing everything I needed for an hour or two of adventuring. On my way past the awesome wolf-coyote-thing that people were climbing early in the week, but not late, I passed two guys in uniform. Khaki colored and quite handsome. They said hello, we chatted for a minute, they asked if I needed any water, I happily declined and continued on my way.
About an hour (maybe two?) later I was by center camp laughing at an older, naked fellow running behind a water truck for a quick shower when I notice my skin was turning a terrible shade of pink. Time to reapply sunscreen, but I found that it was not in my bag. I started the hike back to camp, trying to cover my pale skin with my scarf, willing myself not to burn. It's not working. I I found some form of courage and approached the BLM (I think?) structure and asked the first guy I saw if he's got any sunscreen. He smiles warmly at me, and says something about radical self reliance. I think I might cry, which only makes me realize I've not been drinking enough water. Shit. He laughed and said they didn't have any for general public, but he had some in his truck. I followed and he put a large amount of sunscreen in my palm (more than enough, I ended up rubbing quite a bit on a few stranger's shoulders). Serve and protect, indeed.
I have no idea what morning it was, but I was alone in my yurt, being generally cranky, when I heard two men laughing about "pigs." We'd been hearing this all week, because my neighbor, campmate, and darling friend brought two large paper mache pigs with her. I poked my head out and saw that it was two men in uniform having a passer-by take their picture with the paper swine, the Pigs with the pigs, and they came up with it all by themselves. Darling. I ran and grabbed my camera, and they took a picture with me. We had a nice little chat, they gave me hugs, and were on their merry way.