Mt. Rainier National Park.
Had a great hike with some beautiful scenery. On the way up I met four women headed to base to have lunch. They were trying to take a selfie when I offered to take a picture for them. They were super nice and appreciative.
Here is a picture of them coming up the trail. I met them again on the way back down and we had a great conversation. Melinda-hiker-kayaker was awesome. I told them about my trip and upcoming book and they became fans. They were a lot of fun.
Here is a picture from their picnic spot.
After my hike I went back to camp and saw the fellow in the camp site next to me struggling to get his moped back on his very nice Mercedes RV. I offered my help and we eventually got it back up on its stand. Normally he uses a ramp but because of the angles at our sites it was more difficult than he thought it would be. Afterwards, he offered a cold beer for payment. How could I say no. His name is Kaz and he is a Mechanical Engineer from Olympia Washington. We hit it off and later we had wine and talked into the night around his campfire.
He immigrated from communist Poland via Austria back in 1983. It was interesting that his political views almost mirror mine. Especially that his perspective is filtered from having come from a communist country. He is also a huge outdoors man, having hiked and camped all over the North West. He suggested that I head down to Crater Lake in Oregon and then to Brice and Zion in Utah. I think I will take him up on his suggestion. All in all an excellent day.
First off, for all you haters, my truck made it and just turned 259000 miles.
It was a balmy 40 degrees this morning on Logan Pass. Lucky for me, the pass just opened today. It was still blocked with snow yesterday.
Even this guy was looking for an easy way through.
One of the lakes down below on the East entrance.
The river flowing in to it from up top.
Sitting in Miss Kitty’s Coffee Cafe in Great Falls Montana.
Going to do a little bit of a picture dump so I don’t get too far behind.
Camp last night was in Lewis and Clark NF outside of Stanford Montana.
The campground had great potential but was unkempt and overgrown. The campground is called Dry Wolf and is split by a nice creek. Unfortunately it was so overgrown it was hard to get to. The campground itself is 22 miles down a dirt road through some nice farmland.
These cows were interested in my truck.
These wanted to stay in the roadway and really didn’t care.
Corner Coffee in Grand Forks North Dakota. Excellent place to sit with a cup of coffee and catch up.
The last two days I have been visiting an old Navy buddy who I haven’t seen since 1988. He lives in Thief River Falls Minnesota, population 8900. This is is the view from his mail box towards town.
This is the other direction. Today we are in Grand Forks ND so I can have access to wifi. Drinking an excellent cup of coffee at Corner Coffee and catching up with email. Heading either West or North tomorrow; not sure which way the wind will take me, stay tuned.
After a long arduous day of driving, tonight’s dinner is at the Thirsty Goat in Madison Wisconsin. A little BBQ washed down with a New Glarus Spotted Cow ale. Made with flaked barley and Wisconsin malts. APV 4.8%