|Yumi and Dorf at Stoney Indian
Wow, what a trip. High mountain
passes, grizzly bear, high alpine lakes and whitewater. I
don't want to say it was the trip of a lifetime, but if I
were to leave this world tomorrow, I leave knowing I've already
this whole thing is the fault of some guy I cant even
remember who was camping in northern Wisconsin the same
time my family was in about 1975. He was a backpacker
and made an impression on this 12-year-old kid.
Fast forward to 1978. Mom and dad
bought me an Svea 123 backpacking stove for Christmas. Was
it to encourage me to get on the trail or were they just
trying to get me out of their hair? I still havent
figured that one out.
Really fast-forward to the winter of
2002-03. Yumi and I had just started seeing each other
and decided it might be fun to take our entire tribe to
the Tetons, Yellowstone and the Black Hills the next summer.
To make a long story short, it was on day hikes to Mystic
Falls in Yellowstone and Hidden Falls in the Tetons that
stirred the backcountry traveler in me. In August 0f 2003
Yumi and I decided to go back out west and do some backpacking
the next summer. She had never done this before, and
my own experience was limited, so we were going to learn
how to do this together.
If you want to come along and relive
our trip you can start by clicking on the icons below. Or,
if you prefer, navigate using the links on the left side
of this page and jump around. Have fun.
Craig and Yumi
Screw the trip report...take
me directly to the pics!