"Real" Camping - Brokeback MT without the Horses!
Trip Start May 01, 2008
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We chose a campground at the top of a 7800ft pass called Kings Hill and got set up. Then went in search of fire wood, we were going to have a big old fire to keep us warm!
The afternoon was very relaxing and about 530pm we started the fire, at about 6pm it started to rain and we took shelter under the awning. Luckily it only lasted a few minutes and we were able to 'cook out' as planned. We were visited by a couple mule deer during the evening. Damn it got cold!! We awoke about 4am shivering and shut the windows and vents on the Eagle.
On the Sunday we planned to relax and do nothing really, we stocked up on fire wood, knowing it was going to be freezing again and then drove a mile up a dirt road to what was marked on the map as a fire/wildlife look out. We expected it to be deserted but a young lady lived there, working for the fire dept! She has spent every summer for the past 10 years up there all by herself watching for fires. She has a little bed, cooker and fridge as well as a large work area for mapping the fires and radios for contacting the relevant fire dept. The views were amazing, we could see over 120 miles away. She informed us that she generally leaves after the first snow at the end of August and returns in October to operate the ski lifts a few miles away. We were shown her collection of photos of wildlife and stunning weather pictures including lightning and rainbows she has taken over the years. It just goes to show you are never really that far from people even in the wilds of Montana.
We had a lovely fire again and planned the route to Yellowstone in the evening.