Western Field Studies

Day 17

Today's journal is written by Troy Dornack:

Today we left Sawtooth Nat'l Forest, and stopped at a gas station. We then arrived at a hot springs. All of us went wading in it. It was pretty hot. You could be in ice cold (river) water the first minute and then in hot boiling water the next. At noon we stopped at a small town in Idaho called Salmon for lunch. It was a pretty cool town to stop with all the small stores and cafes. At 1:00 PM we left for Bitteroot Nat'l Forest in Montana. On our way there we needed to stop at a road block for some type of road construction. We waited about 50 mins. At 2:00 PM we finally got going again. We got to the campground at about 4:30. When we finally found our campsites part of the bus that was by the steps was about ready to fall off. It happened when we hit a rock backing into one of the campsites. After we set up our tarp a couple of people including me went swimming. I came back a little bit earlier than some of the people because it was too cold. At 8:00 PM we had a report on bears. I then started reading a book practically every guy on the trip is reading. It was pretty cool. Then I went to sleep.

Note: Journal entries and snapshots will be updated one day after they occur.
Additional Note: Once again we apologize for the lag in our updates. We are finding that high technology, roughing it, and a stingy National Park policy make it difficult to modify and make connections on a regular basis. Thanks for sticking with us despite these delays. Galen and Luke.

Snapshots From Day 17

Mike Makowka enjoys himself while the group stopped at a hot springs on the way to Glacier National Park. The springs flowed into a river, which was pretty cold, so unless you stood just right, you were either freezing or boiling!

Chris Schuster gives his report on wild animals. His report was especially timely since we have just entered bear country!

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