As predicted, the park opened today, a few hours before I left. It was snowing again.
The gates blocking roads into the park were open.
This next gate stays closed all winter–it’s a dirt road to Gardiner. The sign on the gate is the standard one used everywhere for the past two weeks–area beyond closed due to government shutdown. Since the park was open and it was my last morning, I ducked under the gate and kept going. But see that tripod farther up the road?
That wasn’t there when I first read the gate sign a week ago. Here’s what that second sign looked like.
I admit I had some doubt whether it was true, but there has been an unintimidated grizzly in the area the past couple weeks. And the way the year went, I decided not to risk a mauling on my final day especially since I wouldn’t have had a view from the top anyway because of the weather.
The last walks and goodbyes were emotional–I had a persistent lump in my throat and break in my voice. But I’m feeling relaxed in Bozeman tonight watching the Red Sox.
I don’t think I’ll be posting on this blog often although I hear there are some tame foxes in the area of my favorite Duluth hike who could make for some interesting photos. There will probably be more posting at Hard Wood to Whittle, but I don’t know yet if I’m going to get internet at home in Duluth.