As a preface, once again, there are no words to describe the beauty of what today entailed. It was our last big hike of the trip. And we climbed another mountain. This time, though, it was easy. So incredibly easy. I don’t know if it was that conditioning we’ve endured throughout the last month or the path itself, but we all thought it was a breeze to climb a mountain. To climb a freaking mountain!! Who are we???
Not only was it easy, but it was so fun. We sang (to keep the bears away), we laughed, we saw the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone Lake, and the Grand Tetons all at the same time.
We saw a fox with a freshly caught fish, bringing it back to her young ones. We saw a field of wildflowers with colors completely unmatched. In that field, a small herd of nine big horned sheep joined us. They were just a few yards away, minding their own business, chomping away on the flowers, as we stared with our jaws open.
It was amazing. I didn’t want it to end. I cried (yes, again!) at the top. We have all come so far on this trip. A huge part of the journey was the hiking. And, together, as the four of us, we accomplished every hiking goal we had set, with the exception of Zion. I am in awe of my family and how we worked together. This hike was the perfect ending.
However, it left us all thirsty for more hiking. We’ll see what we can find in the near future and where next summer will take us.
We ended the day in West Yellowstone, at our favorite bar (Yes, after three days we already have a favorite. Don’t judge. Our server invited us to his private fishing hole, so we must fit right it.) Tomorrow and the next day are long driving days, but then we are at the cottage for the 3rd and 4th.