12th August Saturday
Real lazy start this morning at 8am knowing that I only had about 18 miles to walk before I reach the highway.
Easy does it, but still a lot of smoke about from the forest fires in Montana
The plan is a common plan that a lot of through-hikers use, camp just before getting into town and the following morning hitch a ride into town and spend the day there, some would stay a night but as I’ve had already spent four days rest in Anaconda a few days back, I’m happy to just do my resupply, hot breakfast and maybe lunch and then head back to the trail.
Saw my first Moose for over a month, it was just in front of me staring, I naturally stopped and slowly looked down to get my camera and when I looked back up, it was gone.
It’s no moose in the tree, but an upset chipmunk doing a song and dance while I had lunch
Found a really nice camping ground site at Macdonald Pass and at five o’clock with still plenty of daylight left I setup camp.
Blowdowns that I was warned about, walking up and over trees for an hour. Thankfully they are starting to clear the path with chainsaws.
Near by, it was pointed out to me by a camper not related to the CDT, was a lighthouse tower, more precise a mailing light system that works still today. The beacon was working as i passed it the following morning.
Mail lighthouse tower where it was used as a navigation light for early flights and to airdrop mail