"Are there campgrounds open year-round?"
"What roads are open already?"
Leading ultimately to: "When is the earliest you think we could go?"
At this point Matt felt compelled to remind me that just because it had been unseasonably warm in Billings lately it could be a whole different story up in those mountains. He's right, but still. I think we should try to go in March this year. We went in April last year and that was keen! So, maybe we can bump it up to March this year. We're more equipped these days for camping when there is still snow with the addition of snowshoes, wool socks, and gaiters to help keep us dry and comfy while we romp about. So, we shall see.
In the meantime, here is a May 2014 (yes, 2014!) hike write-up that I never got around to finishing until now. I'd considered just deleting the draft a dozen times, but somehow felt I'd want to get back to it eventually. It was from a very special birthday weekend for me. And here we are.
Glacier Megavaction we got to cross over the dazzling, green Kootenai River on a suspension bridge. When we heard that a hike to Hellroaring Creek in Yellowstone also included a suspension bridge we thought we'd give it a go. While the suspension bridge near Glacier proved to be an unexpected highlight of the hike the bridge in Yellowstone proved to be a bit of a disappointment. Oh well, nature had plenty else in store for us that more than compensated for it.
bison rub on the Beaver Ponds trail the year before and found it very interesting. A pair of 20-something men from the east coast--the first people we'd seen on the trail-- stopped to chat and inquire about what we were looking at. We taught them what we knew about bison, a creature they were quite unfamiliar with--and understandably so, being from the urban east. They were pleased to have the info and continued on their way. After giving the pair a good headstart we continued down the trail ourselves.
|A bison rub, complete with dangling bison "dreadlocks."|