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Blake "Deluxe" Robinson
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Date: Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
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> 7/2/10 CDT Day 2
> 14.4 miles to Poia Lake Campground
> Dear Diary,
> It freaking snowed last night! On July 2nd. Yes, that's right. Only at higher elevations though, so it was rain where I camped last night. I tried to sleep as late as I could, hoping the rain would stop. About 9:15 I couldn't sleep any longer so I got up and packed everything up in the rain and got on my way. It wasn't a hard rain most of the day, so that's good.
> First major ford occurred .6 miles after I started. It was up to my upper thigh, but wasn't very swift. There was a steel cable to hang onto too, but that seemed unneeded, but then again I'm 6'4", not a 95 pound 4'10" girl who would have significant trouble. It drizzled as I hiked. Another amazing waterfall today. They're huge, beautiful, and flowing strong here in Glacier right now.
> I also had my first big mountain pass today. I had heard the amount of snow was minimal but wasn't counting on tons of clouds lingering on the mountains all day. I decided to keep going and just set up my tent if crazy weather came in. I took a break with about 2.5 miles to the pass and just as I started off again I met 2 hikers coming down. They assured me snow was fine, but weather was anyones guess. I got above treeline and damn it was beautiful. Saw a mountain goat. Snow was no bug deal, as expected. Coming down the other side was a somewhat sketch snow gully traverse, but slow travel and kicking my steps got me across safely. Going up though I had one of the most windy experiences of my life. Almost lost my pack cover. Frequently had to dig both trekking poles in and secure myself to the ground to avoid getting knocked over. Crazy. Scared me a tiny bit, to be honest, but it felt good to conquer the challenge. Luckily the new snow was already melted. It did start raining again though, but that's been on and off all day. The weather is insane here today. On and off rain. Very high winds. More sunshowers than I've ever witnessed in my life. Megan told me a couple days ago that she sometimes feels like she's in a rainbow here. Awesome. Sadly, no rainbows today.
> Now I'm at camp relaxing. Wind has picked up quite a bit but it stopped raining or misting or sunshowering or whatever for the moment which is nice. Easy 8 mile day tomorrow but I may take a side trip to another waterfall depending on the weather and my mood. Going to study some maps and explore a bit around my campsite.
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