Despite having my plans changed in April to Thru- hike the CDT, I was still able to begin at Rawlins, Wyoming and hike North to Canada.
A special part of that hike was having my 17-year-old grandson, Cooper, join me at Brooks Lake Lodge and hike 74 miles with me to Yellowstone. I had Cooper set up with my very “next to best” gear (The Six Moon Designs Flight 40 and the Skyscape Trekker shelter). We set off confident that we would have the most memorable time ever. It was the end of July and perfect weather. Day one lead us to an amazing precipice, which we would never have noticed if it hadn’t been for the downed trees blocking the trail. We looked out over the distant landscapes taking pictures and guessing the possible hillsides that the trail would lead us through or over. There were a few passing showers, a number of creeks, and two rivers we needed to ford, so a lunch stop and chance to change wet socks were added to our daily goal.