I get a foot exam, fail to receive new footwear in the mail, and head for the endpoint of my 2004 CDT hike.
I tag along with an ornithologist from Montana Western University to see if we can spot a Peregrine nest.
Off trail for the day, I review the meetings and full moon hiking that came after submerging my recorder.
The trail feels remote and high, but I encounter a local with his kids, who provokes some thoughts on grizzlies. A descent causes some worrisome foot pain before the entries suddenly stop, as if I had dropped my recorder in a creek.
I encounter hawks, elk, cattle, and Ann! The trail takes a different route than I expect, then takes me high.
I get some time in high on the continental divide, encounter a pair of grouse, solve terrain puzzles, and reach my first rendezvous point at Mile creek.
I leave Ann for the trail and get straight into water issues while I think about my hopes for the hike.
We change our minds about to how to get to the start of my hike in Idaho.
We contemplate the reasons good visits can wear us down, and climb a few fun routes outside Lander, Wyoming.
Don’t get worried if there’s a delay in posts after this, the next phase will take me far from the internets.
We finish up our Colorado visits and head north.