Day 45: (August 13th)
It’s a long way to the top. And no shade!
Day 46: (August 14th)
The landscape has changed dramatically in the last few days.
AC & I climbing an 11,000ft peak on the divide, on an alternate route.
The summit marker. And state boundary.
Day 47: (August 15th)
Cows! Beef on the move.
They call ’em lakes. I think they’re more like large ponds. But still refreshing!
The map says there’s a cave on this exact spot. I think that’s no longer the case. Sad.
Shepherd! We met on the PCT last year, he is hiking NOBO on the CDT this year. Also, epic photobomb LT & AC…
Day 48: (August 16th)
LT in the lead, as usual.
AquaCam, need a new profile pic?
Day 49: (August 17th)
On the roadwalk into town (Lima MT), we were really fascinated by these completely normal horses.
Breakfast..look at the size of that hamsteak! And another nice photobomb
Day 50: (August 18th)
Can Smokey eat 2lbs of rice krispy treats? I bet he could…
This is the first on-trail CDT register I’ve seen, and it’s been almost 900 miles!
1000’s of cows. Block the path. Embrace the moo-tality!
Sunset from a camp spot on a high ridge. Turned out it was also an exposed, windy, stormy ridge…
Day 51: (August 19th)
Foggy, windy COLD morning
Hours later, still cold enough to hike with a windshell on
The trail feeds us!
Hundreds of sheep. They were not unexpected, as this is the “Sheep Experimental Zone”
The sign to explain the Sheep Zone.
Day 52: (August 20th)
Playing with my camera’s filters.
Limey! We met last year on the PCT, he is also hiking NOBO on the CDT this year. He will be in Canada in no time!
We find a large cairn, with a register box. Inside…
…is the register for the Brower’s Spring start to the canoe descent of the Missouri/Mississippi River system! 3,800 miles! Crazy folks.
Day 53: (August 21st)
We hiked down the dirt road into the town of Macks Inn, ID where we picked up some groceries, and had lunch at a mexican restaurant. We hiked back out a few hours later, continuing on towards Yellowstone & Wyoming…
This was one of the water sources listed on the map. Needless to say, we did NOT drink the rat-water..
We camped at the border of Yellowstone, and going to enter the park tomorrow!
It feels good to be done with Montana & Idaho! Finally, onto a new state, and the first National Park, Yellowstone!