Glacier National Park 2005 Summer Tour I

Yumi helping with the packing. This is the only photo taken from our "trip".

Ever since departing Glacier last July after spending two weeks in the park I have been itching to return. It wasn't more than 5 minutes after leaving the park that day when Yumi told me we'd come back. I didn't think or even dare to hope that it would be this soon.

We got off to a good start and were running about 25 minutes ahead of schedule when we received a phone call from my son Todd. He told us that Yumi's step-mother had called. This would not be good news as Yumi had told her mother not to call unless her younger sister, Yuka, who is suffering from multiple cancer's was near her end.

A few minutes later at around 9:30 we puled into a service station in St. Cloud, MN, where Yumi called her mother back in Japan. The news was not good. The doctor's said Yuka had only a few days left and would be given morphine to help ease her pain in a day or two. Obviusly, we needed to get back and get Yumi on a plane so that she could be with her sister and family.

Yumi managed to summon up the strength to drive the entire 6 hours back home. During this time she insisted that I head back out the next afternoon. I thought about it, decided not to, then decided again to go. Then to not go. Then to go. I eventually drove out to Wyoming to visit the Cloud Peak Wilderness

We arrived back in Manitowoc shortly after 4 AM. Yumi made her flight arrangements quickly and went back home to pack.

I picked her up a few hours later and drove her to Austin Straubel Airport in Green Bay. All this time she insisted that I go back to Glacier, my favorite place on earth. Though I really wanted to I knew in my heart that I couldn't make it out there safely by myself on only 2 hours sleep. Besides, it wouldn't be fun without her there to share it all with.

When I got back from the Airport, younger son Matt said he'd go with me because he didn't want to see me depressed. What a lovely child. I would have loved to take him with me, but knew his soccer team was depending on him heavily for the playoffs. Thanks Matt. We'll do it another time.

As I write this Yumi is probably flying over Montana. I wish we could be there together, but she needs to be where she is going.


Just to remind myself... planned itinerary and trip planning
July, 2011
Winter camping in the Beartooths in July
teton August, 2010
6 nights in the heart of the Absaroka mountains
July, 2009
Another 7 nights with the crew in the Beartooths
August, 2008
7 nights in the Beartooths with Ward and the Canadian
July, 2008
5 nights in the Bighorns with a Canadian

August, 2007
Yumi and I return to GNP for some fun

July, 2007
6 nights in the heart of the Northern wind Rivers
August, 2006
A 3-night solo in the Absaroka-Beartooth
July, 2006
Yumi and I spend 8 nights in the Wind Rivers
Aug-Sept., 2005
Dorf gets his GNP fix with 8 nights on the trail
July, 2005
A quickie solo in the Cloud Peak Wilderness
July, 2005
Our return to GNP aborted 6 hours in :-(
July, 2004
Two weeks of camping and backpacking in Glacier.
September, 2004
Yumi and I get to the Porkies before fall arrives
July, 2004
Yumi and I take the kids to the Porkies
June, 2004
Todd and I prove that last years' Newport debacle was no fluke
October, 2003
Yumi and I test some more gear and nearly die
September, 2003
Yumi and I decide to do a little camping & test gear

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