DAY 156 glacier Park Killer goats day 2

SEP 15TH

I seemed to have slept well through the storm  and woke refreshed.  As I was in no  hurry  as I only needed 15 miles  I dozed  until 7am.

I went to  use the loo and was surprised to see other tents. They must have arrived late as I didn’t  hear  anyone.

Next I went to retrieve  my food bag and once again was surprised to  see  5  other bags hanging  there..

I headed back to my tent and began to  pack up as my water came to the boil. 

I ate two breakfast  bars downed my tea  and I was ready to go.

I pulled on my pack  god   it seems heavier today  bit  then I have a wet tent and ursack  .

I marched out of camp and rejoined the trail

It was fairly cool  so I had on a second layer  but my hands were freezing..  come on out sun.

Due to all the rain the plants  were soaking and as i walked through them   my feet and shorts also became soaked.

  As I walked I called out HI bear  just to be safe.  It wasnt long until.i reached the second camp  4  miles away.  Good I thought I’m making good time  and I was heading down… make the most of it snail as the big big climb is coming up.   The sun was  now beginning to take control  as I  began the climb  so  soon stopped to remove my second layer.

.I looked up at the trail ,it went on spiralling up the mountain and  beyond..Here  we go I said to myself  and set off  climbing climbing climbing.. the time ticked by as  I went round headland after  headland

 Them in front i saw something white…  it was a small heard of mountain goats  about 8 of them

I watched them hesdingvtowards me  then they saw me snd  decided to head vertically up.

Theses animals amaze me ,they have no fear and  jump from rock to rock with verticle drops

I filmed them climbing then had to run as they dislodged  a pile of rocks that clattered around me.lucklily  missing  me OMG  that was close. 

I  carried on   but when I looked back I could see two hikers closing in on me. At first I thought it was Anvil and special-K  but  it was two American freinds  just out hiking.  At the pass l stopped for a breather  and then Legs  arrived he told me the story of a bear charge and having to disperse his bear spray  but  got more on himself  somehow.

LEGS

At  the saddle the views were amaxing  and  there appeared less smoke ahead.

Better still it was now downhill all the way to the camp  whoop.

I follwed the others down the hill  untill it leveled out 

Sat here was legs  drying out his tent. Which was exactly what I had planned to do  and so did the two Americans. So I decided to have dinner  as my tent dried. 

Okay  onwards snail..7 miles to go so 5ish.

It was a lovely afternoon  and I had to keep stopping to  take photos and videos of the amazing landscapes and breathtaking views as I’ve said so many times my phone/ camera does not do it justice.   The scenery was constantly changing, wide open meadows  then pushing through overgrown foliage then clear wide trails again. Soon I came to a suspension bridge  it was very bouncy and swayed as I crossed quite  unnerving. But I was soon safely across   only to cross another where both creeks met. Again very bouncy and swingy bridge. 

I was getting nearer and would soon be at camp.

As I came to brow of the hill I could see the huge lake beneath  and towards the top was a animal  it was a moose  standing in the lake  and where I would be camping!!!.

I circled down and was soon at the first camp ( where the 2 Americans  were staying)

As I got nearer I could see them both. Can you see the moose I asked?

Yes he’s still there. 

Great I think that’s where I’m staying .

I said goodbye to them and safe hikes and headed out.

I began to get nearer and nearer to the moose.  So slowed  ready to hide behind a tree if he decided to  charge. As they can be unpredictable . He didn’t seem bothered by my presence  but  I didn’t  loiter…just in case. When past I took more photos.

What an amazing beast  with fill horns or  racks  or whatever they are called. And I’m amazed how long he can keep his head under  water. Okay  campsite  snail.

I soon arrived at the campsite and chose a tent spot dumped my stuff and soon had my tent up. I then grabbed my food and smellies  and went to the food area. 

I had  just finished cooking when  7lb hammer and shotgun appeared. While they set up their  tents I began to play with a chipmunk  feeding him a raison. 

But then he looked at shotguns crushed beer can and ran off with it ,  I could help but laugh

The two returned to cook dinner  closely followed by special-K  and Anvil. Then the two girls arrived Cheeks and detour

I packed up hung my food and headed for my tent. I heard another hiker arrive  but  couldnt see who it was

That’s me  done   good night

Milage  15  cool.

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