Goodbye Montana

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:

DSC02566I don’t even remember what mountain this is. Let’s say it’s Mount Blah Blah.

DSC02561On top of Fish Peak in the Pintler Wilderness

DSC02560On Queener Mountain. Also in the Pintler Wilderness.

DSC02529I think the picture speaks for itself.

DSC02564Feeling blue (but not the sad kind). Descending to Cutaway Pass.

DSC02538Nothing like drying out gear in a parking lot. We even had people come up and ask if we were selling sleeping bags. Oh dear…

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Celebratory food on Mt. Tiny. Our 50th summit of the trip thus far. We had cider (of course), gorganzola,  potato salad, and pita. Mmmm.

DSC02549For most of September we have just slept out under the stars. And cooking over a fire. It has been wonderful. DSC02703Good Morning!

DSC02654An approaching storm. Good thing we have sage brush to hide under…Sigh.

DSC02639Bannock Pass.

DSC02675At least there is no bush whacking and you can see three days ahead. Yay for sage brush and desert! Who needs water anyways?

DSC02670In many places, the divide is never ending sage brush hills (really really high ones, some are over 3000m!).

DSC02640A road in the sky.

DSC02669In Southwestern Montana,  most of the divide follows the Idaho border.

DSC02672Oh no. It’s not hot. It’s quite cool, with all the shade you can see…

DSC02673Our route.

DSC02693Sadly, 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.

DSC02668Enjoying breakfast on our 150th day.

DSC02700Summit of Jefferson Mountain.

DSC02707Although 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…

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Whenever I think of Adventuring, this quote always comes to mind…

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings