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A Miserable Day in Yellowstone!
A Test of Endurance
Bear Charges Trail Riders
Brother No.1 Takes a Hike
Camping,Boating and Bears!Part I
Camping,Boating, and Bears! Part II
Canoe Collision
Cooking School with M
Dust, Dips, and Bear Tracks
Family Forestry Expo
Fire Season!
Fowl Feast!
Great Falls
Grinnell Glacier Hike
Hoar, Ghosts, and Pits!
Lost on Father's Day?
M&E:Kids in the City!
Magical Missoula
Marmot Mountain Fun and Terror!
Mystery in the Rain Forest
Shuttle Bus Adventure
Snowshoe Fun on Winter Trails Day!
Splash Pass
The Big Fair!
The Blood Red Moon
The Great Goldfish Adventure
The Swan Rangers and the 79 Switchbacks!
The Tough Trail
Ticks, Elk, Buffalo, and More!
Too Much to Bear

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The Swan Rangers and the 79 Switchbacks!
M & E on ridge above Malfunction Junction
We set out early in the morning, about seven o' clock.  The Swan Rangers, a hiking group that goes out on Saturdays, were going to meet at the Echo Lake Cafe, at 7:30.  We arrived, and told the waitress that we were there to go with the Swan Rangers.  The leader, Keith Hammer, sat down with us to talk.  We ordered hot chocolate, while our Dad got coffee.  After we had our hot chocolate, and our parents paid the bill, we all drove to a nearby parking lot.  Here the group decided that we would hike the Switchback Trail, in Jewel Basin.  Everyone got in their cars  and drove away to the trailhead.  On the trail, we easily got ahead of Mom and Dad, and soon to the front of the group.  Everyone asked us if we wanted to wait for Mom and Dad, but we wanted to be at the top before them.  At the last stretch of trail, the uphill was more constant, and people passed us.  We kept hiking and came upon the last part of the trail where snow covered most of the ground.  People let us use their hiking poles.  Finally we all reached Malfunction Junction.  We went up a little slope, and ate our lunches.  We tried tofu jerky and pemmican bars for the first time. The tofu jerky had a very strange flavor like some kind of sCoral Mushroompicy seasoning.  "M" thinks pemmican bars taste like wild animals.  It was about 30 minutes until Mom and Dad arrived with the leader.  The scenery was beautiful up there.  After everybody had eaten their lunches, and talked, we headed back down the trail.  "M" got ahead, while "E" stayed with Mom and Dad this time.  "E" spotted some mushrooms, including the pretty coral mushroom, shown here.  We got back to the cars, and drove home.  For "E" this was an enjoyable experience.
Quick Facts:
  • This trail has 79 switchbacks, and is constant uphill on the way up.

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