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Blake "Deluxe" Robinson
City: Saratoga
State: NY
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 1, 2010
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jul 1st, 2010

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7/1/10 CDT Day 1

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> 7/1/10 CDT Day 1
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> Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I feel alive.
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> Dear diary,
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> So, you know, it's a little past 10pm and it's still light outside. I'm camped 10 feet from the shore of a blue lake with enormous mountain and glacier views in all directions. Hell yes!
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> So today. Woke up at 6, packed up and Megan kindly drove me to the Glacier Shuttle system at 7am for my shuttle ride to the other side of the park. The driver, Robert, was very entertaining. I even got to sit shotgun, which was awesome, even though I had to hold my pack in my lap for quite a long time. Another amazing trip up the west side of Logan pass. Took a while though. Switched buses at the pass, then down to the visitors center at the other side of the park. I asked quick about a potential ride, but had no luck.
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> Next I tried to hitchike for 2 hours. One guy stopped but wasn't going near my destination, so I declined a ride. In hindsight, I could have taken the ride and then hitched from another road, but I didn't want to get stuck somewhere. I gave up and went back to see if there was any room in the $ 20 shuttle bus. Everyone I asked seemed pretty pessimistic about getting on, but I had Bo issue at all.
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> I met my first CDT hiker, Beef Stew. It sounds like he will hike much faster than me though so it's all good. He also started at a different trailhead. Cool guy to talk to though. The others on the bus were cool too. Fun to get the full driving tour of glacier before the semifull hiking tour.
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> I got dropped off at the Canadian border around 2pm. I asked the American customs guy if I could walk over to the border to take photos and I did. Kind of hard to get a good self portrait, but I made a slight effort.
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> Next thing? Started raining fairly hard. I put on rain gear and my pack cover and I was off. I was hiking the Continental Divide Trail. Crazy.
> Easy hike today mostly. Gradual downhill to the belly river, a quick shin deep stream ford, then a nice flat walk through meadows and such. I said "hey bear!" over 1000 times I'd guess in an effort not to scare a bear. Raining this whole time, of course. Very scenic trails here. Huge mountains, colorful, flowers, snow, cools streams, you name it. A crazy one person at a time suspension bridge, an absolutely insane waterfall. Thing was incredibly powerful and loud, and beautiful too. I love this place.
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> The campground is nice, besides the fact that first thing tomorrow I have a very deep ford across a river. Luckily there's a cable hung to hold onto. The campground at Cosley Lake is sweet. All campsites are within 10 feet of water. There are lots of rules about camping here. They do make some sense though. Food hanging area, food prep area, campground, toilet.
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> Cool people too. Group of four Canadians were nice and shared tasty food. Two friends from FL and Chicago who were really cool. A great couple I rode the shuttle bus with, and the guy is named Blake even. We all gathered in the food prep area and talked about all sorts of stuff. Apparently Simone who camped here a couple nights ago said there was a problem best in this camp area. I hope he or she stays away tonight. I tried listening to my iPod but got a little framed out I couldn't hear what's going on outside, haha.
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> First ford tomorrow (freaking deep) and my first pass ( I wonder how much snow there will be?). I was going to read more, but I'm going to sleep now instead. Good night!
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> Xoxo,
> Blake
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The Continental Divide Trail is a national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada via New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. This unfinished trail can potentially span up to 3,100 miles. Learn more: www.continentaldividetrail.org

 

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