Saturday, September 28, 2013

Camping, Waffles, Snow and Glaciers

A few photos of our recent camping trip in the American West.

I managed to escape the digital vortex and my day-to-day responsibilities and duties long enough to take a 10-day camping trip through Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Here are a few photos of the trip:

Our campsite in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Idaho:

The view from our lakeside campsite on Flathead Lake in Montana:

Waffles, camping style:

None better anywhere in the world:

On the Hidden Lakes Trail in Glacier National Park, Montana:

Mountain goats on the Hidden Lakes Trail:

At the top of the Grinnell Glacier Trail, an 1800 foot, 5.7 mile climb: Upper Grinnell Lake and a scene of otherworldly beauty.

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone:

It snowed the day we camped in Yellowstone National Park: brrr.

A typical hot springs in Yellowstone:


miles driven: 3,072
Gasoline consumption: 73.5 gallons
miles per gallon (1998 Honda Civic with 90,000 miles): 41.8 MPG, despite a full load of camping equipment and climbing numerous mountain ranges
meals eaten in restaurants: 4 : local cafe breakfast in Choteau, MT, lunch in the fabulous Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone, and two fast-food meals when driving late into the day.
snowstorm: 1 (Yellowstone)
torrential rainstorm: 1 (Tahoe/Donner Pass)
Phone calls answered: 0 (no AT&T cell coverage in Glacier, Yellowstone or Sawtooth)
emails read: 0
emails answered: 0
Pounds lost due to hiking: 2
sanity recovered: significant 

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