Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: Hiking Ole Creek Trail - That's Right, I HIKED!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Hiking Ole Creek Trail - That's Right, I HIKED!

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Hiking Ole Creek Trail in Montana 

No horse, no guide, just me. I didn't get far, but I did it! 

Leyla Goes Hiking in Montana

Despite the numerous warnings about hiking alone, today I set out for a local hike. I hit the trail by myself - a completely inexperienced hiker (let's be honest, I know how to walk, therefore I can hike), and someone with zero knowledge of the great outdoors. But I do everything alone, I have done everything alone since I was 18. Waiting for others ain't my bag.

I don't know about you, but I'd rather go out and do something, risk being eaten by a bear, than sit around and wait for something to happen.  

I went to the front desk at Izaak Walton Inn, I spoke with the extremely helpful staff and they pointed out a couple of trails. They armed me with bear spray (it's a for-real thing) and gave me some tips. I asked if the bear threat was a real and present danger, to which they replied, "We haven't lost anyone yet."

I grabbed my camera, lunch and some books, I thought I'd find a nice spot and relax. Did not relax because I was like Ray Liotta in Goodfellas when the helicopters were overhead - except I was looking for bears. I did manage to capture some nice photos, see below for highlights and Flickr for more.

Highlights from my Montana hike:

1) Distressed structure at end of Izaak Walton Road towards the highway (to catch the trail).

Distressed Structure

2) Entrance to the trail - DON'T HIKE ALONE you're in bear country.

Hiking in Montana

3) Getting started on the trail, it doesn’t seem too bad

Boundary Trail - Essex, Montana

4) After a while, I found myself completely paranoid - I was looking for bears, talking to myself loudly (because you’re supposed to make noise so the bears know you’re coming and you don’t startle them). I felt like I was in the Lord of the Rings, the Enchanted Forest, Blair Witch, or on drugs. 

Enchanted Forrest

5) The “swing bridge” was a spot I was pleased to find. I've never been on such a bridge, and upon my arrival, I knew I was on track. It was very wobbly. 

Swing Bridge Swing Bridge

There you have it! Stay tuned for more blog posts on my trip across the country via Amtrak. Also check my social sites for up to the minute... blah blah blah.

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