6:47 am - Tuesday - August 29th - 44º F, 62% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the east southeast.....partly cloudy with a forecast high for Gardiner, MT of 85º F, and 81º F for Mammoth Hot Springs.......and today is the 46th anniversary of our wedding.
Beginning Monday we still had about 21 miles to hike to reach our goal of 100 miles of hiking in Yellowstone National Park, a condition of our membership in the 100 Mile Hiking Club. As you know we only hiked 4.2 miles the week before when we re-hiked the Bunsen Peak trail to watch the solar eclipse. We want to finish the 100 miles by September 4th so we can hand in our mileage sheet to YCERP who is the sponsor of the club and get our commemorative patch, and free t-shirt. TLE is the hiking planner, and after consulting our trail guide for Yellowstone she chose the Hellroaring Creek Trail.
We were on our way to the trailhead by 8:40 am....a little later than we had planned....and began hiking around 9:30 am......
.....within 5-10 minutes we come within sight of the Yellowstone.......
After taking off our still damp hiking shoes and stowing our hiking gear in the VW we began our drive home which took around 35 minutes....it was over 90º F at our Newell so we turned on the A/C ate a snack and then relaxed for a couple of hours. What a great day of hiking, and I am so proud of TLE for enduring the heat and that 1.1 mile climb in the heat of the day back to the trailhead.....she never complained.....not one time, and I know she was suffering.
Tuesday we will celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary with an overnight trip to Chico Hot Springs where we will get 1 hour massages, spend a few hours soaking in their hot pools, and cap it off with an anniversary dinner in their on site restaurant.....stay tuned!
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