|One of the Rainbow Lakes on the Lake Plateau.
I had taken the week of August 6th off from work
back in March not knowing why, but figured it would have something to
do with a backpacking trip either solo, with the boys or a friend. As
fate would have it, Yumi was planning a trip back to her native Japan
for that week, leaving me with the freedom to do pretty much whatever
I wanted. Sweeeeeeeet.
I'd read a lot about the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
over the years but had never been there aside from a few trips over the
Beartooth highway coming and going from Yellowstone National Park and
was somewhat eager to give them a try. But I had plenty of other options
as well and really had no idea where I'd go.
I have to admit towards leaning a little to the
A-B even while driving back from our Wind
River trip after we opted to come home via the Chief Joseph Highway
instead of the Beartooth Highway. I guess I felt I missed out on something
by not taking the former.
This trip was also significant in another way.
About a year earlier I had bailed on a solo trip to the Cloud
Peak wilderness after one night: I had to prove to myself I could
do a longer solo trip. While this hike was only three nights, I could
have easily done the full five that I had planned had I not run out of
trail. Seems that I can put down a lot of miles by myself and underestimated
the type of mileage I could do solo. Lesson learned. Enjoy the trip report.
Screw the trip report! Take
me to the photos