WILDFLOWER MEADOWS

CDT Day 96: 27 miles/43km

CDT SOBO Mile 873.4 – 900.4

Sunday July 21, 2019

A cold wind was blowing early this morning. It blew all the mosquitos away. By the time we broke camp , the wind was gone and it was perfectly calm and still. Just a twitter of birdsong.

In the predawn twilight Hammer spotted a moose. It was some distance away and I could just barely make an outline of it. A few minutes later I spotted another, a little closer. But being so dark they were hard to photograph, but nice to see all the same.

It was a pleasant morning hiking up and down creek valleys. Herbaceous plants and wildflowers released a beautiful smell as we walked by. In between the valleys we hiked though beautiful wildflower filled meadows. It was a most beautiful morning of easy hiking. It struck me that I am so fortunate to have this opportunity to be here. I have so much to be grateful for.

The afternoon was a little harder with a long climb over long switchbacks and exposed to the westerly sun. But once we were on top of the ridge, the sweaty work was quickly forgotten. The views from the top were pretty spectacular. Huge water reservoirs were prominent on both sides of the ridge. Bright blue sky framed the verdant green mountains and white sandstone boulders shimmered in the sunlight. After yesterdays volcanics, it was a surprise to find sandstone rocks with fossilised shells at over 8,000 feet above sea level. Interesting and intriguing to find out more about the local geology, especially as we are approaching Yellowstone NP.

We camped in a small stand of pines near a trailhead.

It was a joyful and beautiful day of hiking through nature. My heart is full. What a great way to start a new year of my life; doing what I love with the one I love.