We are currently on another long distance hike, and the third leg of our "triple crown", the Continental Divide Trail (the "CDT"). Come along with us if you can - if not in person then by following our grand adventure via our "posts from the trail".  Check out our Flickr Photos, which we'll update periodically, and see it through our eyes!

Our Credo...

"Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Triple Crown Now Complete

After picking up our car in Dubois we headed up to Glacier National Park to clean up some “unfinished business”, the last part of the trail from “Many Glacier” north to the Canadian border. We were looking forward to finishing in the trail on a high note, hiking through such incredible country.  We were also hoping to be able to do the Highline Trail; and finish at Waterton Lake.  We had heard that the Swiftcurrent Trail, which connects Many Glacier and the Highline Trail was closed due to Grizzly Bear activity.  When we stopped at the back-country office to get our permit we found out that the Swiftcurrent Trail was …

Togwotee Pass Part 2 – the Wind Rivers

Historic South Pass City, generally marks the end of the Great Basin Divide Section.  Although it really lies in a canyon in the Foothills of the Wind River Mountains, the South Pass area is still arid, rolling land dominated by Sagebrush and Antelope. A day’s walk north continues through this bleak landscape, but the Wind River mountains, once on the distant horizon now draw closer and loom, physically and psychologically, over everything.  Entering the Bridger Wilderness at its southern border, we are still walking through sage and cows, but one long pull up and over a no-name pass on the Continental Devide and we drop down into the mecca of lakes and granite …

Togwotee Pass – From Here We Can Go Anywhere, Part 1

I like to hike a mountain pass.  There’s nothing else like them.  The very word, “pass”, comes from “passage” and itself implies the most significant part of a journey, that of some kind of transformation.  Translated from the Shoshone language, “Togwotee Pass”, means “from here we can go anywhere”.This seems especially fitting as we complete our walk north from southern Colorado to northern Wyoming and nearly complete our three year trek of the Continental Divide Trail.  But let’s go back to where we left off, in Rawlins Wyoming. Since we have not had computer access for the last two weeks (Sunday of Labor Day weekend in Lander Wyoming, the Library …

Wyoming Where the Wind Blows

Rawlins Wyoming, mile 550

We are closing in now, passing miles and milestones alike.  In Wyoming, marking mile 550 of this year’s hike (and, if you add together the sections we hiked in 2008 and 2009 we have now hiked more than 2,400 miles of the Continental Divide Trail with only a little over 300 left).  We are closing in on the finish!

And it is with these goals in mind that we drive ourselves forward on some days.  It’s not that there’s anything wrongwith the last section. But we did go through a transformation.  We left the mountains behind (for now anyway) and dropped into barren, rolling countryside, filled sagebrush and sand and …

Welcome to Wyoming OR Colorado in the Rearview

Encampment Wyoming – 450 miles.

Leaving Steamboat Springs we pointed again north as the trail follows the Divide very closely along the Park Range.  Most of this section was in the Mount Zirkle Wilderness, a wonderland of broad ridges, a few peaks, a lot of lakes and some stunning wildflowers still on display. Fields of yellow, purple and an occasional swatch of other colors. Sandhill Cranes honking loudly from an Alpine Lake were a pleasant surprise. As was another “Alpine Porcupine”.  I don;t know that this is actually a distinct species, but it seemed unusual to see a Porkie at 11,000 feet climbing a Krumholtz tree…or it would have seemed unusual, except …






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People Shots

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Scenic Shots

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Flora & Fauna

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