End of Day 10

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    Posted by Bison and JJ ( on July 26, 2005 at 20:55:01:

    In Reply to: Day 10 ..... more posted by Bison and JJ on July 26, 2005 at 20:46:04:

    It had warmed up while we were on the top, and the warmth had made the snow soft. We did some post-holing on the way down but it wasn’t terrible.

    Once we finished the hike back down, JD headed to Hayden Valley to look for some critters that had been there in the morning while the rest of us drove to Fishing Bridge to get some ice cream. The intention was to meet up with him in the valley. It was cool to watch Avalanche Peak in the rearview mirror as we drove away, knowing that we had been to the top. While enjoying our ice cream we shared the opinion that when you hike somewhere, especially a mountain peak, you never look at that place the same again. You’ve become more intimate with the place. Certainly that was true for JJ and I and Avalanche Peak. This hike has definitely become one of our favorites.

    We headed into Hayden Valley and scoped for animals at one of the southern overlooks. We saw lots of critters, but none of the exotics like wolves or bears. There again were lots of elk and calves, osprey, bison, cranes, ducks, geese, and a coyote. We never did hook up with JD again. Eventually we headed to the Grizzly Overlook further north in the valley. Bison was able to catch about a 10 second glimpse of a grizzly bear before it headed into the trees and everyone saw a coyote. Darkness came, but we stayed at the overlook listening to the many sounds again. There was a beautiful, almost full moon lighting the area. Ballpark Frank and Bison tried to explain what Wendy’s Druid Dance looks like to Roadie and JJ and if I recall correctly Frank even gave a short demonstration. Frank, Roadie and JJ also displayed their new dance - The Ochre-motion. It was around 9:30pm, so we parted company and went back to the cabin.

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