Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Beaver revisited.....

8:00 am - Saturday - June 20th - Corwin Springs, MT - 39° F, 100% humidity, wind - CALM!  Clear, blue, chilly skies today with a forecast high of 64° F.  The view this morning......↴


We haven't been this busy in a long time....nothing like social obligations to get you off your butt doing stuff, right?  We had another social engagement Friday....this one was of the hiking variety.  At dinner at Art's home Thursday night we agreed to meet at the Mammoth Hot Springs General Store at 10:30 am to hike the Beaver Pond trail.  This was one of our favorite hikes when we were here in 2017....I wrote about it here.  This hike which began at our car, and ended at our car is 6.2 miles in length.  As usual I ran my STRAVA program, but neglected to start it until we were well over a mile into the hike, but at least you'll get an idea of the trail.....



.....when we were working at the Grand Canyon back in 2017 we did several hikes with Art, and always enjoyed our time on the trail together, and we pretty much talk the entire time.....


....when you hike this loop trail counter clockwise you begin with a rather steep climb, but it eventually levels out somewhat and the views are spectacular....

 
.....while the name implies a single beaver pond, there are actually 4, or 5 along the trail....this is the first one you come to going counter clockwise....





.....wild flowers were every where, and the views continually change for six miles from heavily forested to wide open views......


.....almost home.....at this point we have covered 4.3 miles of the actual trail, but have walked close to 5 miles....about 1.2 miles back to the car from here.....

 The Lovely Elaine is still smiling after 5 miles!

TLE at the end of our July 26, 2017 Beaver Pond hike...smiling as always

 When you see the hot springs you are very close to the end

.....the entire hike, end to end, took about 3 hours.....we saw no bears, or beavers, but did see elk, and deer several times.  Upon our return to the cars we bid adieu to Art who had an appointment to keep, and went inside the General Store to buy some Wilcoxson's  ice cream, and then back outside to sit at a picnic table in the sun to eat our spoils.....what a great way to end the hike.

Of course, every 6+ mile hike deserves two rewards, and our second reward was to soak for an hour in the Yellowstone Hot Springs hot pool, which seems to have remarkable healing powers.  By the time we exited the hot pool we felt like limp noodles....totally relaxed, and no more muscle ache.

On our way back home we stopped at the Gardiner Market so TLE could buy a pizza for dinner that night.  She adds a lot to a basic store bought pizza to make it her own....in this case onions, black olives, mushrooms, and anchovies.....when it comes out of the oven you would swear it was homemade.

And that my friends was our Friday....we returned to the coach to find our batteries at 100% once again with all the sun we had.  Friday was the first day in a long time we have had so much sun, no wind, and no rain.....wonderful!

The end of day 3 on the Yellowstone River

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