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Team: North
Stephen Braunlich
Friday, August 9
Hola, bonjour, bienvenido, gutentag.
Today has been a good day for myself and others. We completed a 10.3 mile hike that started at the Siyeh bend in Glacier National Park, and ended at the Sunrift Gorge trailhead. Just a mile or so in, I was hiking in the lead, and while rounding the corner, saw a flash of brown fur moving out of my way. Initially, this gave me a start, as that I did not know what it was. However, I soon saw through the dense, green foliage that it was a lone elk. This was a definite highpoint, for me.

Unfortunatly, after that I soon came to realize that I had left the support camp digital camera back in the car. Running back to the parking lot, I grabbed the camera while my compatriots hiked on. I managed to catch back up, and we continued on to Sunrift Gorge via Siyeh Pass.

Hiking towards the pass, we walked through one of the most scenic meadows I have yet seen. It was surrounded by crumholtz, and had a small stream running through it. One could hear the cries of birds in the sky, as the darted from tree to tree. We stopped here to take some pictures and marvel at the beauty of it all.

Continuing on, we passed up a rocky trail towards the pass. From the meadow it appeared the trail only went upto the saddle, but in actuality it climbed much higher into the ridge.

I am personally one who likes to go to higher heights, and so I found this climb incredible and exhilirating. I loved every minute of it, and found it to be spiritually and physically rewarding. At the top I could see, on one side, the valley I had just hiked. On the other, was another valley, with trees so tiny, and mountains so far, that they appeared like moss on a tree.

Continuing on, we circled the ridge to the otherside, and began a descent into yet another valley. On one side, up on the ridge, was Sexton Glacier. In the far distance, one could make out the aqua water of St. Mary Lake. It was a verdant valley, with many waterfalls and cascades that were fed by the glacier and snowfields.

I will not bore you with more details, but let me say this much. That valley, whose name we could not find, was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. It makes one wonder at the glory of our lands, and appreciate the foresight that we saw in setting it aside for an era like this, where, for urban and suburban dwellers, it becomes harder and harder to see such grandeur.

Enjoy the journey of life, and remember, that for every downhill there is an uphill, and every uphill, a downhill.

Stephen
for Friday, August 9
North South Both




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