I wanted to take a minute or two to point out a couple of excellent hiking/outdoor related links that I've run into recently that I think you might be interested in.
First off, a couple of animal attacks that are not only extremely rare, but were both quite strange. The first is the story of a triathlete that was attacked by an otter while swimming in Island Lake near Duluth, Minnesota. The woman suffered 25 bites, some of them over two inches deep, as the animal bit her neck, back and legs - through her wetsuit.
Just days later two young girls were treated for rabies following a beaver attack in Virginia. The girls were able to escape the beaver after their uncle shot it with a BB gun, and then stabbed it to death.
On a lighter note, most of you have probably seen the iconic images of brown bears fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park in Alaska. This past week the park announced that people from around the world can now watch the bears from a new live webcam set-up at the falls.
Just a few short miles south of Katmai (just down the road!) is Yoho National Park in Canada. I've never been there, but after seeing these photos I definitely have to add this park to my bucket list. Leigh McAdam from the Hike Bike Travel blog has been posting about her hiking adventures in the park. In recent days she's posted articles on hiking the Iceline Trail, the President Range, and the Yoho Valley Trail to the Stanley Mitchell Hut. Leigh also posted about her hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers and the Lake Louise Tea House in Banff National Park.
Finally I wanted to point out a blog posting by a friend of mine from San Francisco. I met Dana while cycling up in Michigan several (many?..., actually quite a few) years ago.
An old buddy of mine, Scott, and myself were doing a four-day loop ride in the Upper Peninsula. About midway through the final leg of our tour we pulled into an old country store for some water and snacks. After refueling we rode to the edge of the parking lot when we noticed two motorcycles approaching from down the road. Not wanting to get in their way we decided to wait for them to pass before entering the road. For whatever reason, probably because we were messing with our gear, or looking at the scenery, but several seconds went by before we realized that the two motorcycles were taking an awful long time to reach the store. Upon a closer look we realized that those two motorcycles were actually bicycles - loaded to the hilt! We decided to wait for the two cyclists to see where they were headed and why they had so much gear.
Dana had 180 pounds of gear loaded to his bike. His newlywed had 120 pounds. The couple were riding across the country, and got married along the way in Colorado. The two were extremely friendly, and were both eager to learn as much about us as we wanted to learn about them. We decided to ride as a group for a few miles. As it turns out, we stayed with them all the way to St. Ignace (near the Mackinaw Bridge). Good thing, because it kept our minds off the extreme suffering we were experiencing. Both Scott and I were riding our first century that day, and having some new companions to chat with sure helped make those miles roll by a lot easier. Ever since that day we've kept in touch.
Not only is Dana an accomplished rider, but he's also an excellent writer. In fact, he's written a few stories that have been published on some fairly well-known cycling websites. His latest blog is about his ride up to Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park. Dana was in a nasty cycling accident last fall, so it's great to see that he's "back in the saddle again" (to borrow a line from a minor hit by Aerosmith that was clearly stolen by Gene Autry...). You can read his blog by clicking here.
Hikes in Glacier National Park