7/29 We said our goodbyes to Montana and 7/30 bid adieu to Idaho as well. 7/31 we entered Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park which was swarming with people from all over the world. We underwent a bit of culture shock to be surrounded by so many people enjoying the “great outdoors” via their cars and RVs. But considering the size of Yellowstone, we were happy to become car-traveling tourists ourselves the next day. The CDT only spends 4 days in Yellowstone and misses many of the great sights, but in Lost’s mom Laurie’s rental car we were able to do the Grand Loop of Yellowstone in a single day. We heard the stunning roar of Yellowstone Falls, marveled at the strange and colourful thermal wonders and oohhed over the the mighty herds of bison.

To conclude the day with had a pizza party to celebrate Hawkeye’s birthday. They night before Dan had made a “cake” from donettes (a kind of plastic covered cardboard that is supposed to be a little donut. Hawkeye loves junk food like that!) and we’d watched the Fantastic Mr. Fox. Eleven of us – Lost, Trail Angel Laurie, Hawkeye, Kombucha, Joker, Rock Steady, Heaps, Mike with a Y, Rolling Thunder and DnA – had been enjoying a deluxe condo  in Sawtelle for 2 nights thanks to Laurie!  It was a wonderful way to celebrate a new state and having walked about 1,000 miles!

A tantalizing time in the Tetons

Our backpacking adventure was awesome. Here are a few highlights:

  • Reading Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott in the sunshine at Holly Lake
  • Hiking up glacial moraines through Paintbrush Divide
  • Eating Nutella with EVERYTHING
  • Catching Love in the meadow in South Fork
  • Seeing the Tetons at almost eye-level at Hurricane Pass
  • Watching a moose munch on pond juice
  • Snuggling in our double sleeping bag
  • The view from 11,000+ feet up on Static Peak
  • Cliff-jumping into Phelps Lake
  • Hitchhiking a ride to the airport
  • Seeing all the crazy and colourful hotspots at Yellowstone. Bacteria sure can be beautiful!
  • Having a hot shower for only $3.25 after a brief 9 day hiatus from hygiene
  • Watching the sunrise over the Tetons as we ate oatmeal and drank chai
  • Plus we saw a bear!  Here’s a photo:


    Mind you I was also hunched over like a old lady by the end of the second day and was pretty sure I would need a hip replacement by the end of the fourth day, but that’s a small price to pay for all the fun we had.