Day 94 – Yellowstone Backcountry Hiking Day 1 of 3

The next morning I started my hike on the Lone Star trailhead. I had some back pain when I woke but the trail was easy going and paved at the beginning. I took off on the trail at 11:20am after having some granola for breakfast. I had decided that I wanted to have a fast pace today because it was expected to rain and it had done so already. I wanted to get to camp set up hopefully before the rain came in. I lost that battle early on. It rained on me for a bit and instead of stopping to put on my rainjacket I opted to speed up to keep myself warm. After about 30 minutes or so the rain stopped and I began to dry off. I got to the lone star geyser and finally got a piece of what I was looking for from the backcountry…

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Day 93 – Biscuit Basin & Old Faithful – Yellowstone National Park Continued

The next morning I woke up in a pretty damp smelling car and decided  since I was there, I should take another walk around biscuit basin. I was glad I decided to repeat as I caught Jewel geyser going off and Cliff geyser in it’s steam phase. Jewel geyser is a small geyser but it was still cool to see it go off. This is a shot of it dormant and below that is a video of the action.   Afterwards I continued down to the black sand geyser basin where I saw the emerald pool. There were other nice pools but this one stole the show. The reason this pool is green is that the soil in it is sulfur rich, which is yellow. That combined with the blue water makes the reflection green. From here I stopped off at the iconic Old Faithful geyser and waited for it…

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Day 92 – The Yellowstone Backcountry

The morning of August 28th I made a feeble attempt at posting some of the remaining content from the prior days at the Yellowstone West Entrance Visitor Center. I was able to upload one post that I had mostly done but the wifi was so slow I opted to grab some breakfast at the woodside bakery and head into the park to start my hike. I packed my bag with more clothing than usual since the weather is starting to change and I need more layers to keep warm. With that spirit in mind I decided it would be a good time to start increasing the weight of my bag so that I would be used to the weight by the time I had to contend with it. I also added more food and water than I typically carry. When I threw the bag on I immediately felt the difference,…

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Day 91 – Yellowstone National Park

I arrived at Yellowstone on the 27th on my 3 month anniversary of being on the road. The night prior I slept in a Walmart parking lot as I was too tired to continue to drive. After a poor night’s sleep I continued toward Yellowstone. Driving toward the park I went by earthquake lake. The lake was created by a earthquake in August of 1959 that measured 7.3 on the Richter scale. What I found amazingly unique about it is that you have dead trees stills standing in the lake demonstrating how the terrain has changed in the recent past. While these trees were pretty close to the edge there were others I saw that looked like they were in the middle of the lake. It gave the lake a very unique character. Upon arriving at Yellowstone I quickly secured a backcountry permit at the mouth of the west entrance.…

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Day 90 – Hiking up to Swiftcurrent Fire Tower – Glacier National Park

I woke up the next morning excited to do my highest elevation gain of my trip. I planned a 4000 + foot climb to the swiftcurrent firetower. I started at the loop on the granite park trail which is the spot where I exited the day prior. In hindsight I probably should have attempted it from the swiftcurrent pass trail to get more varied views. This was the first view of the tower I could see and it was well into my hike along trail. The dot on top of the mound behind the trees was my destination. I only took a few photos on the way up as they would have been duplicative of the day prior but this was one of my favorites. I got to the top and started cooking on the fire tower steps. There was a sign on it that said private residence. There were…

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