Trip Start Aug 05, 2013
22Trip End Aug 25, 2013
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I slept we'll and was thankful for the warm clothing even though it was wet in the tent
Took a shower and put on clean clothes
Came back and began to take the tent down and let it dry. Ha!
Went to restaurant and ate a big breakfast
Saw Ali, works as a waitress, (the church leader on Sunday) and thanked her for leading and sharing so openly
Came back and packed up the soaking wet tent and reluctantly left my campsite
A scare on the shuttle I and two new friends Marianne and Eileen who had taken the train, too, had been the first waiting for the shuttle, but we were in the slightly wrong place suddenly a group of about ten hikers with backpacks appeared and beat us on the shuttle
We shuttled to St Marys and then the three of us went on to Glacier Park lodge stopping for pictures along the way
By noon we were at the lodge which is awesome
I had hidden my backpack in woods by the amtrak station while I ate lunch. After lunch I checked on it and it was still there. I went to the hotel to charge my phone and about 45 minutes later when I came back the backpack was gone. Fortunately it contains items that are all replaceable and my camping had just concluded. I called the sheriff and a nice deputy came and is checking to see if he can get anything to turn up.
Sheriff, Amtrak station agent, and hotel security all at work on my backpack but no sign of it. I imagine the items have been parceled out and sold for drug money by this time. It was a big blow, but I am not going to let it "derail" my trip!
Empire Builder finally arrives 3 hours late. Seating is a bit of a trick no window seats at first but I get some sleep. During the night I move to window seat.