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September 21, 2017

This monument memorializes War of 1812 soldiers buried along the Old Natchez Trace, and it honors the service of all brave volunteers who marched on the Natchez Trace during the War of 1812 to help establish American Independence. The Natchez Trace served as an importa...

August 23, 2017

Day 9. Today is our last day on the trail – 14 miles. Billed as an “easy 14” but it seems a bit tougher, maybe because we “smelled the barn.” In and out of the woods, meadows, valleys, and hills, all is gorgeous. No grizzly bears (yes big tracks!) or mountain lions but...

August 23, 2017

Day 8. Sun River Pass Trail. Trace and I hang around camp today as others off to fish and hike. Carson had given me the best pointers on chopping wood efficiently yesterday and safely (he started by saying my sandals were not safe, my pack boots much safer), so after e...

August 23, 2017

Day 7. Travel day today. 10 miles total ride today riding to Basin Creek. Half way we came to Gooseberry cabin, literally the only man-made structure we have seen all week – we are immersed in pure, unadulterated wilderness. No manifestations of man, road or structure...

August 23, 2017

Day 6. “Breakfast” – every morning at 7 am, the familiar loud piercing shout seems to come just a little too soon and way too commanding. We must be totally packed and ready to go before that call. But after breakfast we have the easy part, take down the tents, while t...

August 18, 2017

Day 5. We are a long, long way from civilization! Solitude and appreciation and humility as we connect with our horses and full blown nature. Today we pass from deep gladed forests to open, steep avalanche slopes of rocks devoid of trees. We feel the raw power of natur...

August 17, 2017

Day 4. Out of camp at 9:30 after packing tents, first mountain goats observed high up to the left along the Chinese Wall (Swep said one was three–legged, which kept us looking). The Chinese Wall is a thousand-foot high scarp of limestone that stretches for a dozen mile...

August 16, 2017

Day 3. Today we get closer in touch with the wild spaces. Big hike and a little fishing, as Tracy’s hat becomes more colorful as we traverse meadows, scale hillsides and descend to and through the crystal clear creeks. Fresh drinking water from the creeks. Sore just a...

August 15, 2017

Day 2. Met Pat and Nickel early in this morning. They are strong. And experienced. And they can be trusted through easy and tough times. Loyal, too. They are the pros. They are the two horses for Tracy and me for the next seven days. And we met the 13 huge pack mules w...

August 15, 2017

Just got back from 9 days in the wilderness. My brief daily log just downloaded today, so it will follow daily, as if in real time.

Day 1. Tracy and I showed up at Lazy P Ranch on edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness (the 1.9 million acre crown jewel of the American wild...

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