[cdt-l] Off the Rez Again --
Jim and/or Ginny Owen
spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 6 22:08:50 CDT 2007
The Blackfeet reservation, that is in East Glacier Park, MT.
After leaving Dubois, WY, we went to Grand Teton NP. The magnificent peaks
were shrouded with smoke from three nearby fires, but it was still
beautiful. We thought thered still be a lot of snow in the high country,
so we intended to get in a couple dayhikes, take some photos and then leave.
But we were surprised to find that the Teton Crest Trail was at least
partially open. A few places would require ice axe use, and we werent
carrying one, but we could do a 40 mile loop with little or no snow and
avoid the difficult passes.
We hiked the loop up Cascade Canyon, across the divide into the Alaska Basin
and then across the Death Canyon Shelf to Death Canyon. It was beautiful
country, with steep rocky canyons, white streaked peaks, and meadows full of
wildflowers of all sorts. While we were on the Bench we saw a brown bear
across the canyon much too far for good photos, but close enough to see
that it definitely wasnt a black bear. For the rest of the hike down Death
Canyon and back to the truck past three beautiful aquamarine lakes, we saw
moose, elk, deer, a lot of fearless marmots and a gaggle of people.
After a shower, a good nights sleep, and some food (and ice cream), we
headed north through Yellowstone NP. This was at least our fourth trip
through the Park so this time we took some roads we hadnt taken before.
For Skeeter the Park is just as much a zoo as it was when we were there
several years ago.
But there was also a LOT of wildlife elk, deer, bald eagles, a coyote
running along the road, a weasel that crossed the road in front of the
truck, and several hundred bison.
Then for two days we drove north and prepared for the next stage of the
journey Canada. It takes a little time to prep for a 5 or 6 week hike.
Yesterday we drove north from Augusta, and got groceries in Browning. When
we went into the store, the sky was clear an hour or so later we left
Browning and got photos of the massive smoke cloud over the Bob Marshall.
In less than 5 hours, the Fool Creek wildfire exploded from 50 acres to 2000
acres. The fire is close to, if not right on, the CDT in the north Sun
River drainage near Sun River Pass. The Forest Service is rerouting hikers,
campers and fishermen through the area.
Then we got to East Glacier and found Merlin and Hawkeye in town. Seems
Sly is about 4 days ahead of Hawkeye and nobody has seen Dan and Gail yet.
We had dinner with Hawkeye and Merlin and then found Daybreak on the front
porch of Serranos. We had breakfast with the 3 of them this morning. And
then on the road out of town we found another southbound CDT hiker, Nick,
hitching north so we took him to St Marys.
Once again, our thanks to Mark Howser for his support. He continues to
make East Glacier a good place for us. The huckleberry shakes at the Two
Medicine Grille are still the best on the CDT. <g>
Today were in Canada taking care of some preliminaries before starting the
Great Divide Trail next Wed. Once we start the GDT, we may or may not have
email access for the next 5 or 6 weeks. Well try to put out a final update
after we get back to the States and before next Wed.
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