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SEPULCHER  MOUNTAIN

Yellowstone National Park
Northwestern Wyoming

Saturday, August, 7, 2004

Hike: #1

Location: In Yellowstone National Park near Mammoth Hot Springs, WY

Distance: 11.4 mile loop

Elevation Change: 3400 feet

Tread: Dirt trails, open meadows, mountaintop

Miles/Time/Avg: 11.4/3:23:05/3.4

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This is my first "official" hike of the trip. It's been a long time coming, because today is the 31st day of my trip! Good Lordy, you'd thought I'd have hit a hiking trail eons ago, but no, biking has taken precedence. In more ways than one, biking is more fun, but hiking is an enjoyable activity as well. Ha! Bears certainly like it, it gives them a better opportunity at catching you. Ahhh, just kidding. I've been told that most bears are more afraid of people than the other way around.

To mitigate a sudden, unexpected bear encounter, I've brought along my new bear bell that'll hopefully alert them of my passage through their forested dining room. The idea is they'll run away when they hear me jingling in the distance as I make my way down the trail. Either that or they'll think Santa Clause has come early this year. I wonder if bears eat reindeer?

My hike of Sepulcher Mountain is going to be a tough one, it'll be both long and high. Throw in a couple of bear encounters and you've got yourself a great recipe for terror-filled, hard-code exercise. That's just the kind of adventure meal I like!

I see my daylight is burning quickly, there's no time to waste. I've got plans for another hike today as well as a tour of Yellowstone's Canyon Area. So, we better get this hiking party started! Come along with me, but stick close, because the bears are watching...

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