Location- East Glacier
Elevation- 4,813 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 10.1 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 93.8 miles
Weather/Temp- clear, windy 70s
Injuries- cuts, scrapes, etc.
Pain level- zero
Wildlife encounters- Big Horn Sheep
Days without shower- 0
Days without Laundry- 0
We slept in at the campground and didn’t wander back to the trail until a little after 10am. We only had ten miles to hike, and it would be our last “scheduled” distance day, so we were going to take it easy.
Kicked things off with a fast 2,200 ft climb over 2.5 miles up Scenic Point. Being near a major campground, there was a decent amount of traffic. However, once the trail passes by whatever scenic attraction it boasts near the road…The day hike traffic ceases to be. It’s like an invisible force field keeps them from hiking any further. So after hitting the pinnacle of “Scenic Point,” the trail became ours and ours alone as the tenderfoots turned back the way they came.
At the top of the climb was another herd of Big Horn Sheep, which caused a bit of a “sheep jam” on the trail as everyone made their lifelong memories count.
After a long and uneventful (but beautiful) 7 mile descent, the trail wound its way back into the first town of East Glacier. Here we checked into a local hostel called Brownies Bakery and Hostel. We took care of showers and laundry first, then food at the local restaurant called the Whistle Stop. The name made me a little nostalgic for the AT, because my buddy DSOH bought me a birthday lunch at a trail side restaurant called the Whistle Stop in Vermont.
So that was about all there was to today. I’ve gotten in touch with Hannah and Tyler, and little Katana will be joining me tomorrow! I have a healthy mixture of nervous excitement brewing in me for this new stage of the adventure. My biggest concern is the wildlife. There has been so much of it, I don’t know if I will risk letting her off leash. The last thing I need is her bringing a large, angry animal back to me; or getting herself hurt or killed. I don’t have a solid strategy other than to play it by ear, and play it as smart as I can. If my gut says it’s safe to let her off the leash, then I’ll let her off the leash until my gut says to put her back on. That’s the best I can do, and if the unforeseeable happens…we’ll deal with it.