I have always wanted to see Old Faithful in Yellowstone, I just never thought I’d walk there. Even though I haven’t seen it yet, we are only 20 miles from Yellowstone and Wyoming. Well Montana, it’s been fun. Even though your part of the divide is like a maniac roller coaster on steroids, it has been unforgettable and beautiful. Here are some pictures of the rest of our time in Montana:
I don’t even remember what mountain this is. Let’s say it’s Mount Blah Blah.
On top of Fish Peak in the Pintler Wilderness
On Queener Mountain. Also in the Pintler Wilderness.
I think the picture speaks for itself.
Feeling blue (but not the sad kind). Descending to Cutaway Pass.
Nothing like drying out gear in a parking lot. We even had people come up and ask if we were selling sleeping bags. Oh dear…
Celebratory food on Mt. Tiny. Our 50th summit of the trip thus far. We had cider (of course), gorganzola, potato salad, and pita. Mmmm.
For most of September we have just slept out under the stars. And cooking over a fire. It has been wonderful. Good Morning!
An approaching storm. Good thing we have sage brush to hide under…Sigh.
At least there is no bush whacking and you can see three days ahead. Yay for sage brush and desert! Who needs water anyways?
In many places, the divide is never ending sage brush hills (really really high ones, some are over 3000m!).
A road in the sky.
In Southwestern Montana, most of the divide follows the Idaho border.
Oh no. It’s not hot. It’s quite cool, with all the shade you can see…
Sadly, in some places up to 50% of the forest is dead due to the pine beatle. Most likely, the same will happen to the forests around Jasper one day. I worry.
Enjoying breakfast on our 150th day.
Summit of Jefferson Mountain.
Although this spot doesn’t look significant, it is.This is Brower’s Spring. From here, water travels 6275 km to the ocean via the Missouri/Mississippi River. This is its ultimate headwaters. When we were there the spring was dry, I hope the Mississippi is still flowing…