GUH life is so stressful right meow, I had to go down to Kalispell for backcountry food and I had to get online to 1 order textbooks, 2 pay my tuition, 3 order a parking pass, all of which were more complicated than they should be, I have to pack up my entire everything this weekend so after I hike out of the wild next Friday I can just throw all my shit in my car real fast and hit the road back to Moscow, then when I get back to Moscow I have to get everything sorted for school to start 2 days later and also I’m going to have to go running a lot, I have to drink a lot of beer, and I have to watch a lot of Buffy on netflix, SO MUCH TO DO.
I’m so glad to go back into the wild on Tuesday, so the rest of the world disappears for a little bit.
I love all y’all, see all y’all soon I hope
big bada boom
Monday - hiking Piegan Pass trail, just up from Big Cat bridge. We headed towards Grinnell Lake. I saw movement in the trees, maybe 100 yds ahead. It’s brown - probably another moose, we saw one earlier that day already. It turned it’s head towards me - clearly a grizz. She looks at me, I look down and back up slowly to tell my crew. I didn’t see it again, but saw lots of bear tracks where it had been.
Wednesday - hiking down the Grinnell Glacier trail. all alone! Jeff is somewhere on the trail behind me, Nate’s way up ahead. coming up to the ridge just before the junction, I heard what sounds like a high pitched voice…probably a little girl on the other side of the ridge, talking to her dad? or maybe a marmot. But then there was movement on the ahead to the left, something small and black scaling up some rocks, first thought is a marmot, but no, that’s a baby bear. I give a low, “heyyy bearrrr.” and back up quickly- I waited for Jeff to catch up, but it’s been a few minutes and no sign, he must be pretty far back. decided to keep going. I give another, louder, “Hey Bear!” and headed up the trail. No sign of anything anywhere, “Hey Bear!” I hiked downhill a hundred yards , turn around a curve, and there’s mama bear…she’s really, really big. I think she saw me, but I got outta there pretty quick, but not too quick. She doesn’t seem to care. Jeff caught up, we go for one more look, and then take a different trail around to the trailhead.
Thursday - I left my gloves on the ground for like fifteen minutes, and a fucking marmot stole them from me. he probably ate em. fucken marmots.
1 lefty banjo being played upside down
2 Caitlyn + lily on top of boulder point
3 Shelby on top of boulder point