“From the very first day of this section, we could see all the way to where we would be in three days. Across a wide, high desert valley we could see a pass that we would eventually cross over to stay on the divide. To our right and in front of us there was a mountain range that the CDT climbs up into twice.”
“The second to last day we crossed over Lemhi pass where Lewis and Clark came over the divide. The story is that they thought they had reached the westernmost side of the mountains. That must have been a shock, because there is another huge mountain range right there.”
“The next morning we climbed up to the first of the Twin Lakes and we were delighted to see a lot of cutthroat trout swimming around. I finally caught my first trout on this trip. It felt great to break the ice.”
Our best grizzly sighting happened on the last day just 8 miles from the border. We were excited and walking fast. My cousin Ethan was walking ahead and staring at his phone. He apperantly did not notice the bear walking up the road. After we caught his attention, his first thought, he later told us, was “Oh cool, a bear.” Followed shortly by, “Oh crap, a bear!”
“Around 2 p.m. we stopped under a bridge, and my dad would like me to tell you that he caught the very first fish, a native westslope cutthroat trout.”
That day, it only rained for about six hours after lunch. Aiden, my oldest sister, Ethan, my cousin who is walking with us for six weeks, and I listened to some stand-up comedy to pass the time. When we got into camp, after 18 miles, it was still raining. We spent about five minutes looking for some sheltered areas to set up our tent. Once we found three spots we all started setting up our tents as fast as we could.
“The final day, my spirits were low, only 17 miles away from having to write a humiliating post on a failure of a week. We came across a herd of elk, 25 or so, running through the trees. I excitedly pulled up my TU app and jotted down some quick info on them. At least I wouldn’t come into town empty handed.”
“My hope is the information I gather can be useful to Trout Unlimited as they continue their conservation efforts, especially regarding climate change. I might even get to meet up with TU staff and volunteers along the trail to learn about what’s happening in their different projects. I look forward to reporting in on what I’m learning about the trout and all the water sheds I encounter on the CDT.”