When you travel you expect that you are going to have some problems, a flat tire, a missing credit card, maybe get lost a few times, but Pete and I had made it through the trip fairly unscathed until Portland.
This place is a geological phenomenom. It looks as though someone strategically placed the boulders and trees so that they would be asthetically pleasing. We were pretty sure that we were invading Barney Rubble's home.
I lived in Jackson WY for a summer and was excited for Pete to see it. It is located 10 from Grand Teton National Park, which I think holds the most beautiful mountain range in the US. When I first arrived here 8 or so years ago I camped in a free area outside of Jackson, but could not recall the name. I called up my trusty pal Matt, who lived in Jackson for several years and he pointed us in the right direction.
Hiking in Glacier has been on the top of my list for a long time. And as and added bonus, my friend Brit that I hiked with on the A.T. was going to be here as well. He came to the states from England this year to hike the Continental Divide Trail to complete his tripple crown. For those of you who don't know what that is, it means that he had already completed the A.T. and the Pacific Crest Trail, which is kind of impressive if you ask me, but also a little crazy.
The eastern part of South Dakota was lots of vast nothingness, with pockets of impoverished Indian reservation housing scattered here and there. It was a huge reminder that this land belonged to someone else and that we forcibly took it from a group of people and left them basically nothing. Not something you think about very often when your tucked away in TN.
In 2007 I attempted a south bound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. For me, the beginning of this hike was Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park Maine. For all the north bound hikers that finish the Trail every year, hiking Katahdin is the culmination of over 2,000 miles and 4-6 months of hiking.
Children we were thinking of having before this experience = 1 maybe 2
Several years ago when Pete was hiking the AT, we met in the Catskills. We stayed at a campsite on the lake and ate breakfast at this quant restaurant in a small town. We were hoping to recreate that trip.
We get to the campground around 6pm, set up camp and make ourselves at home; then we meet Anna.