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Interstellar Orchard: Off trail finale

From the bloggers at Interstellar Orchard.

My coworkers all decided today was the day to do Tomato Soup, so I eagerly tag along with.

This isn’t a hike a person can easily try themselves unless they’re with someone who’s done it before because it’s entirely off trail, there is no worn path or markers to follow. In Yellowstone and other national parks I’ve worked at, it is legal to go off trail unless posted otherwise. Sometimes you need a permit depending on where you want to go though so it’s a good idea to check in with the back country ranger office first and explain your plans. They can also give you advice about the terrain and hazards you might face.

Every step on fallen pine needles, dry grass, and bare earth brings a little thrill of excitement. This is different than following a trail through the woods where you know exactly where you’ll end up. My coworkers have hiked out here before, but because there is no path it’s pretty much impossible to follow the same route twice. The possibility of stumbling across something none of us have seen before brings a bigger sense of adventure to the proceedings.

The first thing we stumble across is a lone bison, standing in the middle of a clearing and blocking our way.

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