I started this morning at 6:30am. I showered, I did a round of yoga, and I went to check out with Andrea when the office opened at 7. She told me that her kids had seen me the night before and they had never seen a man in a skirt before and she knew there was a name for it but she just can’t remember. I told her that it’s called a kilt and I get asked if I’m Scottish all the time when people see me in it. It’s also a great icebreaker while traveling. I told her a bit more about A Man, A Jeep, No Real Plan and that I had given her a plug on yesterday’s post. So seriously all 12 of you who actually read this, send her some business so it looks like I’ve got some pull…
At any rate, once I was out the door and posted an update on Facebook, I began my 58 mile drive around the park to the campground I wanted to get a site in. I arrived around 8:30 and by 9ish all of the sites were gone. But it doesn’t matter, I had claimed my site, paid my fee, and put up my hammock. For at least the next two nights I will not be sleeping in my jeep.
Now that I had claimed my spot it was time to enjoy my morning oatmeal and green tea. It is seriously disturbing how off my morning felt having not started with this.
Next up was the time honored tradition of going to the camp store a mile down the road to buy information… I mean firewood. I also got a map of trails in the park and a recommendation to try the Avalanche Lake trail to see if I am going to have trouble with elevation.
Good news, elevation is not an issue. I did the 4.6 mile there and back hike in about 2.5 hours. And that was with plenty of socializing and shamelessly promoting the blog. Everyone wants to talk to the guy in a kilt. I probably handed out 30 business cards for the project (and if you are one of the 3 people who were genuinely interested and are now checking it out, Thanks!)
Post hike I headed back to my campsite and put on some hot water for dinner. Tonight was some Mountain House Beef Stroganoff, and yes that is a shameless plug.
I spent the rest of the evening sitting around my campfire. Contemplating tomorrow. At the moment it looks like I am getting up around 6am, driving 2 hours around the park to the other side (because the pass through the park isn’t open yet for the season) and hiking to Grinnell Glacier. It’s going to be a rough climb, but the views should be amazing and touching a glacier is on the scavenger hunt!
Daily Scavenger Hunt score: 0
Total score to date: 9
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