MacDonald Pass to Shoulder of Bison Mtn
After another wonderful night at the Smith's, watching TV, playing foosball, strumming the six string, and of course sleeping in a soft bed, Jon and Luanne's daughter Laura came over at 7 and made breakfast! After the delicious meal and some conversation, Laura gave Sparrow and me a ride up to the pass.
We got started hiking around 8:45 and it felt good to be hiking again, especially through the shady forest where the trail wound its way south of the pass. It was a pretty easy day of hiking overall, the worst of it being a couple of road walk sections that were boring and hot. Nothing too extraordinary in regard to scenery, however the forested hiking at the end of the day was pretty cool. I believe it is a forest of closely spaced lodge pole pines, all about 4-8 inches in diameter, and no more than 40 feet tall. Beneath the pines the forest floor is covered with a blanket of the bright green mountain huckleberry plants. And to top things off, just as I was getting into my tent I could hear the distinct melodic sound of bugling elk in close proximity. It's good to be back home on the trail :)