Colleen Contrisciane-Lewis, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania won an all-expenses-paid grand prize from Backpacker magazine: an assignment to hike—and report on—her dream trip.
Read about her 85-mile, weeklong transect of Glacier National Park on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail:
Naturally, Rowan and I want quality time alone–we eloped just weeks before our hike, and this Continental Divide-crossing route will not only be my Reader Leader dream trip, but also our honeymoon. …
… When I backpack solo, I can do breakfast and pack in 30 minutes. With Rowan, it takes two hours, and my frustration is building to a boil. …
… “Would you mind silencing your bear bell?” Rowan asks. “The incessant jingle is grating. And I’d love to see a bear.”
Who am I to argue with a man who’s lived with lions? So, against my better judgment, I silence my bell, and zip my lips. We hike 30 minutes before seeing a grizzly 20 yards off the trail …
read her trip report – GLACIER MAGIC
That’s one unforgettable honeymoon!
Backpacker posted 7 more reader submitted trip reports:
Shoal Creek Loop, Gros Ventre Wilderness, WY
International Appalachian Trail, Parc National de la Gaspesie, Quebec
Creekside Loop, Pisgah NF, NC
Evolution Loop, Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP, CA
Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, Castle Rock SP, CA
Grasshopper Glacier, Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, MT
Appalachian Trail, 100-Mile Wilderness, ME