June 26 – 27th we hiked through the Scapegoat Wilderness. The trail followed the true Continental Divide for miles and miles as we walked along the ridge of North America. The distant vistas, rugged Alpine scenery and carpet of wildflowers–pepto-pink phlox, brilliant blue forget-me-knots, yolk-yellow buttercups and dozens of others–made for glorious hiking. We even did some rock scrambling to peak-bagged Caribou peak.
We also devised new trail names for our group of five. Team 3D for Triple Divide the pass we did together in a white-out and the fact we’re from 3 different countries (US, Japan & Italy). Tim’s name is Hawkeye since he is from Iowa and a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, plus he has eyes like a hawk, always finding random buttons and things along the trail and spying distant sights. Nina became Kombucha, a bubbly Japanese tea drink since she loves the beverage and is very effervescent and into holistic health. Yas became Rock Steady because of his steady navigation and rock-solid pace and all the awesome gear he made himself. Dan became Candyman…. I think we know why! And I became Queen Frostine from Candyland… I’ve always wanted an ice cream sea!