The Land of Alone.

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Walking up the East side, looking to the South West and over the distant hayfield.

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The lower end of the hayfield and up off the right is the new bbird house trek re the prev post. 

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Rounding the upper draw of forested coulee, we’ll head across and drop down another coulee.

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The pine forest is capped and bordered with Aspen groves.

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The high southern boundary of Aspen guards the spring deep in the forest.

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So many favorite places to visit!

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Spot Belt mountain in the next pic.

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Karen, Forest, Belt Mountain, Aspen; under sky of smoke and cloud and blue.

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Significance of Alone all ’round.

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These three trees have been as this for as long as I can remember.

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rounding the double tree drops into the bear’s back yard

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Bear sign. Grubbing stumps.

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Hillside subsidence inundates a water trough. Invasive weeds surround in their own disaster.

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Karen heads out after we take a day to drive to Billings and visit our cousin who is a partner in the ranch. I stay on to bike the canyon from Monarch to Neihart, but the day is hazy with smoke and I finish up chores.

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The evening begins to clear. The next day is clear enough and perfect for cycling. The ride is my first since E broke her thumb crossing a curved RR track on a June ride in SLC followed by triple digit heat that settled in months early and weeks long. A cool tail wind up the canyon ensures the distance, as Belt Creek tumbles brightly beside the road. The next day I head out and at the base of King’s Hill a Golden Eagle dives directly in front of the truck and lifts a rabbit roadkill in a perfect continuous display of speed and skill, then I roll on through 500 miles of smoke retracing our new best scenic route along the Madison river toward Yellowstone’s West Gate.   

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