Friday, September 26, 2008

Yellowstone's Thorofare

So… to introduce myself to the blogisphere I thought I’d start with a recent backpacking trip with the Snake River Hiking Club through southeastern Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. We more or less followed a route known as the Thorofare. Our undertaking started out with a quick boat ride across Yellowstone Lake. The ferry dropped our crew off on a deserted beach in the woods. From there we spent 10 days trekking 85 miles through the wilderness. Our route took us into some of the most remote parts of the country. At one point we were the furthest you can get from a paved road anywhere in the lower 48 states. We traversed 10,000 foot ridges, forded several rivers, and crossed the Continental Divide.
Wildlife abounded throughout the adventure. Nights were filled with the howls of wolves, coyotes and elk. Osprey bald eagles, hawks and loons soared overhead. A bison nearly ran us off the trail. Bears were never far from out thoughts. Grizzly and black bears are very common throughout Yellowstone necessitating carrying heavy duty pepper spray. While on the trail we would clap and yell to avoid contact. In camp we hung all our food from trees.
All in all it was an amazing trip. Spending over a week traveling a distance that would take an hour on a Southern California freeway and carrying everything you need on your back really brings things in to focus. Introspection and reassessment are part of the journey. Hugs and thanks to Irene, Cobe, Miles, Nina Jim and Kim. More photos from the trip are posted here:
Now it’s off to London to begin photography for the next tattoo book with Analog/Bloodwork.