Hello again, still Hailey here. Ryley made it to Many Glacier today, a little place in Glacier National Park that has a ranger station, hotel, gift shop/general store, restaurant and a payphone! He still has no internet access but once he does he will be sending his daily journals along and I will post all of them (ETA, July 2 when he reaches East Glacier). The first 4 days have been stunningly beautiful, yet extremely difficult. Besides getting back into trail shape, they have encountered lots of “trail” that is hard snow at a 30 or 40 degree angle which may or may not be beside a cliff. Some of the paths were so steep that they bushwhacked through forest for most of the day to avoid the walking too close to the drop-offs. They also came across a mother grizzly bear with cubs. The mother charged them, but lost interest before she got too close. Chance & Ry had time to get out their bear spray but didn’t need it. Besides day 1, it has been sunny, warm and the views are incredible. Ryley is in good spirits and the park ranger said they have gotten through some of the hairiest trail conditions in GNP.
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