Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July Backpacking Top 10

10. Carrie crossed into Yellowstone the way that 99.999% of people do not.
We entered through via the Thorofare trail to the south boundary trail by foot. (Vs. by car on the highway)

9. A Pine Martin came 10-15 feet away from Carrie and Mike and continued to pay them no attention as it walked along some fallen logs.

8. Ben saw the same moose twice munching aquatic vegetation (Narrow leaved bur reed) as it was using it ears to deter irritating bugs near its face. He continued to watch for about 40 minutes.

7. We were only rained on once or twice the entire trip!
As compared the month of July where both Ben and Carrie realized they needed new rain jackets, were hailed on, and woke up most mornings to wet soggy ground. Trail conditions were infinitely better.

6. Ben was packed-in to the Fox Park Cabin - Ben's horse loved to tailgate both other horses and humans as they made their way on the 18 mile ride. Elk steaks and potatoes cooked over a wood fire were provided by the Wyoming game and fish biologist otherwise known as Steve who packed them in.

5. Carrie heared a pack of wolves howling in the evening.
Carrie heard the eerie satisfying sound of ~6-7 wolves including pups as the sun makes its way below the horizon. Compete with Bald eagles and Pelicans fishing along the Yellowstone River.

4. Carrie ate dinner shared by an outfitter - An outfitter, his children and 2 clients of his asked if they could share our campsite and were gracious to share their stories and food around the campfire. Yellowstone cut-throat trout, chicken, cornbread, salad, lemon yellow cake complete with frosting (the most sweet tasting desert in the middle of nowhere)

3. Ben saw grizzly mother and her two cubs walking across a meadow ~150 meters away.

2. Ben had a Black Bear close encounter!
He was hiking through a meadow and came upon a little patch of forest and happened to look up and saw a medium sized bear ~30 feet away. The bear was running his direction until it instantly turned around and headed the opposite direction. 10 seconds later they saw two bears, one twice the size of the first, (most likely mom and cub) both running across the path making stress induced huffing noises.

1. Ben came across what at first seemed to be a deranged Elk.
The large bull elk was walking towards Ben and his partner as it licked its lips and they thought it was either going to charge or that it seemed a little off and disarranged... It showed no fear as it walked closer and closer making its way as close as 40 feet. Suddenly without reason, it took off in a trot and only moments later Ben saw a black wolf(!) glance their direction and take off after the elk. (Biologists DREEEAM of seeing things like this)

More Pictures to come....

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