Our foot problems start to drive us bonkers, but extreme outdoor beauty helps.
Alien noises wake us up, we encounter heavy smoke driving along the Salmon river, and camp up a small side canyon.
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…
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.