July 22 – Cranes, Smoke, and Morgan Creek
Alien noises wake us up, we encounter heavy smoke driving along the Salmon river, and camp up a small side canyon.
July 21 – Foot evaluation and return to my 2004 pick up spot
I get a foot exam, fail to receive new footwear in the mail, and head for the endpoint of my 2004 CDT hike.
July 20 – Peregrine watching with Jack
I tag along with an ornithologist from Montana Western University to see if we can spot a Peregrine nest.
July 19 – Rest day, catch up
Off trail for the day, I review the meetings and full moon hiking that came after submerging my recorder.
July 17 – CDT East Centennial Ridge to Little Table Mountain
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.
July 16 – CDT Mile Creek to East Centennial Ridge
I encounter hawks, elk, cattle, and Ann! The trail takes a different route than I expect, then takes me high.
July 15 – CDT Targhee Pass to Mile Creek
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.
July 14 – CDT Fish Creek Road to Targhee Pass
I leave Ann for the trail and get straight into water issues while I think about my hopes for the hike.
July 13 – “Over” the Tetons to Idaho
We change our minds about to how to get to the start of my hike in Idaho.
July 12 – Recovery climbing at Sinks Canyon
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.