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

Journal Aug 12 – Big Push

Today was mostly about making miles. We needed to put on a big push to make the 20 miles to Chief Joseph pass and then walk the mile down to Lost Trail Pass to meet our friends Carol and Irv.

Fortunately the trail cooperated and reasonably good trail tread existed, the terrain cooperated by becoming more gentle and we simply had to keep walking at a steady pace with few breaks. There was not much in the way of scenery to distract us from our task. Mostly lodgepole pine forest alternating between “The Green” and the burned areas. Much of this terrain burned in 2000, or in more recent fires.

We crossed Gibbons Pass – a historical route used by the native americans for trade and travel to/from hunting grounds. It was also used by the Nez Perce in 1877 as they attempted to avoid being incarcerated on a reservation in Washington. General John Gibbons, for whom the pass is named, followed them and launched a surprise attack….more on that in later entries.

Several elk and deer, and several hours later we made it to the Lost Trail pass – 4:30 pm.

While waiting for us, Carol and Irv had met Rambler, a northbound hiker. We stopped in Sula to meet him and exchange trail info before going onto our own resupply stop in Darby.

21 Miles

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People Shots

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Scenic Shots

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Flora & Fauna

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