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 28 – Lima In Our Crosshairs

We got up just before the sun to get an early start. We have a bit over 17 miles to do to get to town. The trail kept close to the narrow crest the whole way, with distant views to either side. Mountains dominate the Montana landscape, while on the Idaho side we gaze upon the flat Snake River plain and distant dormant volcanos. By noon we can see trucks rolling along the interstate highway and at lunch we can make out the junk heap (literally) that is Monida. We have Lima MT in our crosshairs.

With burgers in mind, and in the mind’s eye, and beer on the brain, we keep a quick pace. The roller coaster ride continues and gives us almost 2,000 ft of vertical in the morning, but becomes an incessant drop in the afternoon. On the last 6 miles of gravel road we move along leaving a cloud of dust.

We pass the junkyard looking like a post-apocalyptic vision, having more brick-a-brack than just old cars. From the payphone in Monida, where not a soul is stirring, we call the Mountain View motel in Lima and shortly the very hiker friendly owner, Mike, arrives to whisk us away to town.

Sandy, the Carrot and I enjoy an evening of grill-your-own-meat at Pete’s, a few beers and relive the wonderful memories of the last week.

Miles 17.2

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People Shots

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Scenic Shots

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Flora & Fauna

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