Continental Divide Trail #15: Yellowstone!

From Togwotee Pass through Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone, we’ve met wonderful people and seen amazing sights.
Here I pick up Porter, as well as thru-hiker David Breinke (trail-name Problem Bear), at a trailhead for rides to their respective resupplies.

mapPorter plans his hiking route through Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

He goes through his bags of resupplies to repack his breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners, almost two pounds of high-energy healthy food a day for the next several days.

One of our favorite parts of Yellowstone was the Black Sand Basin, with its geothermal pools, hot springs, and geysers. 

“Hotcha Mama!” Amber said of Old Faithful. “I’m sure it wants a selfie with me!”

40 comments on “Continental Divide Trail #15: Yellowstone!

  1. Gail and Porter, it’s good to know of your progress, and a pleasure to see photographs from the Teton and Yellowstone area. It’s also good to see that Amber is dialing back on her risk-taking (that riding in a bear’s mouth thing was scary!). Best of luck to all of you as you continue your adventure.

    • Thank you, Frank! And as for Amber, she’s convinced there’s a little person underneath Old Faithful pushing a button to make it go off every ninety minutes.

      • Great photo’s of your continued journeys along the divide! I love the Tetons and Yellowstone as well. You should visit Jacksonhole with the antler park downtown. Amazing. What a beautiful part of our continental USA. I especially enjoyed the selfie of Amber with Old Faithful setting off behind. It’s incredible how accurate they are with the timely eruptions. All is well for us here in Boulder. Our aqua class has grown a bit, and we’ve welcomed some new delightful members. The pool is fabulous and my knee and hip are better then ever (well, almost, I felt nearly invincible when I was in my teens, prior to my three ACL reconstructions and reality). Hope Porter keeps safe and has the best of weather ahead of him. Take care and thanks also for staying in touch. Your Friend, Andrea 🙂

        • Andrea, great to hear from you, and that our aqua class has grown–I look forward to meeting the new people in September and seeing you all! We did visit Jackson Hole and the antler park downtown, it is amazing. So glad your knee and hip are doing great!

  2. I love following your progress along the trail. Glad that you are seeing the Tetons and Yellowstone from the trail!! Love that area! Climbed Teewinot and the Grand with my dad when I was in junior high school. Camped as a child with family when the bears were fed each evening at the garbage dump. Glad times have changed! I have taken many of my own students from Montana days tent camping in Yellowstone with buffalo meandering around our tents. We survived. You all look to be surviving. Happy continuation! Great Parks!! Will you come back to do Colorado now, or go on through Montana!

  3. Problem Bear is an interesting name. I wonder what kind of problems? I love the blue pools and passion in the geysers, hot springs. By the time I get to Amber’s ‘Hotcha Mama,’ I think, Gail IS the Hotcha Mama. Thanks for another share of beauty, endurance, and fun.

  4. WOW! You guys are making progress and seeing some sights. Amber, of course, charms everyone. I’m pretty sure Old Faithful blew just for her!!!
    Keep up the good, stylish work, Porter. Have fun Gail and Amber. We’re all looking forward to seeing you again in the fall

    • Thanks, Jerrie! I just dropped off Porter at a trailhead on top of a mountain and saw fabulous views on my long way down. We’re starting Idaho, with Montana to come after that. I’m astonished at how different each state is from another.

  5. The photos are amazing, and you two make it look so easy. As for Amber,, I’m duly impressed as her hair looks perfect in all of the pictures, She always loooks like such a doll! (You, too, Gail!)

    • Oh Pat, I am ROTFLMAO at your comment! I’m so happy you picked up on that! No one knows what I have to go through to get Porter to hold up Amber for her selfies!

  6. Gail – I am at Hill’s Lodge at Priest Lake, Idaho right now. Look forward to Porter’s progress, with your and Amber’s key support, as he makes his way through Idaho and Montana.

    • Joy, how wonderful that you’re at Priest Lake! I see from googlemaps that it’s a seven-hour drive from Lima, MT, where I drive today, otherwise I’d suggest we meet for dinner! Hope you’re having a fabulous time. I’ve loved Angler’s Lodge in Island Park, ID–right on Henry’s Fork of the Snake River.

  7. Gail and Porter, we are all thinking of you here at Kaiser! Wanted you to know that Dan Johnson and family are leaving today to hike backcountry in Yellowstone for the next week – in case you see ANOTHER tall guy in the woods. Of course, he’s no good if you have an injury, but nice to know you have friends in the neighborhood.

    Much love to you both,

    Lise Barbour

    • Thanks, Lise, wonderful to hear from you! What fun that Dan and family will be hiking in Yellowstone. Sorry we missed them–we’re starting the Idaho sections. We think of you all so often!

    • So true, Linda! Yellowstone was hot with lots of bugs, and lots of rain the section he’s hiking now, but tomorrow I pick him for resupply in Lima, MT so he’ll get a chance to dry everything out. We think of you all so often!

  8. Hey, hey! This is such fun following you. (I’ve been up to my eyeballs in a campaign to establish a local bicycle camp touring cyclists, and have missed replying.)

    Gail, let me know when you’re homing in on the Big Hole, MT, and then Chief Joseph Pass, and I’ll become the Trail Angel’s Trail Angel!!! And Chief Joe is a good place to come out for a layover/resupply, and we’ve got the spot and tour guides.

    Can wait to see you!!!


  9. Gail, I have really enjoyed all your and Amber’s posts about this amazing journey Porter is undertaking — and, of course, yours and Amber’s! What important journeys for you all, so rich and full of adventures, new insights and growth. Alan and I are now sitting in the SEATAC airport on our way home from a really wonderful trip to Alaska with good friends (the ones we go to Chimayo with every year). Such a blessing for me as I look ahead to my surgery on the 22nd. Thank you for your good wishes to me sent through Debbie. I look forward to seeing you in the pool as soon as I’m able to be there. Good wishes to all three of you for the rest of your journeys. Tessa

    • Tessa, thank you so much! I’ve been thinking of you and am so glad you had a wonderful trip to Alaska before your surgery, which I hope goes really really well. Your courage and positive attitude is such an inspiration to me and so many others. I look forward to seeing you back in the pool once we’re back in September. Big hugs, Gail

  10. gail and porter! great going! i’m inspired. i leave this coming week for the colorado trail. what direction will you be coming from in colorado porter? and when do you think you might be hiking it? and will you be going from twin lakes over the collegiate west trail, the high route on the ct? i’m starting from durango and coming north so maybe if you’re coming south i’ll get a chance to meet you. dean

    • Hi Dean, great to hear from you! Porter plans to hike the Colorado section of the CDT next summer, since by the time we make it to Canada this year (September) there won’t be enough time to hike Colorado before the snow flies again. Now should be a good time for you to hike it, though. You might want to sign up for the CDT 2015 Facebook private group, lots of good info there. Hope we get to meet you another time!

  11. Hello,

    We are a pair of East coast hikers that would like to hike for 7-10 days on the CDT in early June. The whole trail offers us a completely different experience from the AT. Given that many days in June where would you recommend?



    • Hi again, Bob, just checking to make sure you got our reply, now that we have access to my computer: We suggest central New Mexico or southern Wyoming then. Too much snow most other sections. We’re on a yoga and snorkeling retreat in Mexico now, could you let me know if you got this? Thanks!

      • Hello Gail … Sounds like you are in the right place. When would you think that the Grand Teton trail would be snow free (or close to it)?



        • Hi Bob, on an average snow year, the Grand Teton trail might be fine by mid-July. But the Park rangers will be able to give you a better idea by summer. You might also be interested to know that there’s a private Facebook group for CDT 2016 hikers (section and thru-)–would you like me to submit your email to get you into that? Lots of ongoing great info and you can ask all kinds of questions.

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