I stayed a night in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. These are my notes:
- Finally back to the Pacific Time Zone!
- An off-duty forest serviceman stopped to talk to me while I was gathering firewood. He wanted to make sure I knew that there was a Stage II fire restriction in effect (no campfires). I should have asked him if it’s just the season or if the fire in Glacier NP is already stretching firefighter resources.
- While searching for Road 209, I stopped to ask a family for directions. The six of them were picking huckleberries and putting them into empty juice gallons. The dad came to look at my GPS. He pointed me back the direction I come with one hand while holding his baby in the other.
- There are many Quads, Trucks, and 4×4’s rolling around these roads.
- After making camp, I sewed two velcro patches back onto the pockets of my hiking pants.
- There are hundreds of pond skimmers behind the dam in the creek I’m camped on. They are constantly swimming upstream to stay in the same place, and their interactions with each other are interesting.
- An NPR segment I heard said that one of the reasons older people tend to be happier than younger people is because the burden of their future has been lifted.