first person to walk Canada’s Great Trail —

Great Trail was formerly called the Trans-Canada Trail. (TheGreat Completing this hike makes Dana Meise @TheHikingFool the first person to touch all three coasts on the Trans Canada Trail. … Thursday evening he made it to Tuktoyaktuk, completing his lifelong dream; and it’s in part thanks to the community. … “As much as I’m super excited […]

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Hospitality on the prairie

A couple of generations ago, municipal parks were generally open to camping. We had a tradition of caring for travelers, particularly in the West. After all, everyone (with the exception of the natives of course), had come from somewhere else, and most had suffered privations along the way. A remembrance of hard times made it a civic duty to provide for strangers: a place to rest, to refresh oneself – this was merely common decency, and for many, a religious duty.

We are much more fearful of strangers now, of course, and the municipal campground has mostly gone the way of the buffalo. But like the buffalo, it still exists in some of the more out of the way places in the West.

One of these is Scottsbluff. Right across the Platte River from the bluffs themselves sits a lovely city campground, open to tenters (that is, hikers) and RVers alike. For a few dollars you get shade, a picnic table and a fire ring, a water spigot, and a bathroom with showers.

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Riverwalk along the N Platte River next to the campground

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Tent sites in the campground

Grocery stores and restaurants are within walking distance, making it an ideal resupply stop for GPT hikers. And…the Scottsbluff City Zoo is directly adjacent. What’s not to like?

Municipal campgrounds are mostly a thing of the past. But some places don’t care so much about staying up to date. The High Plains are a place where traditions of hospitality and a welcoming attitude to travelers have not been completely forgotten.

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GPT Photo of the Week

Photo: Luke Jordan

The trail to Bear Butte with Lakota prayer flags in attendance – Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota

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GPT Photo of the Week

Photo: Luke Jordan

Near the summit tower of Harney Peak or Black Elk Peak if you prefer. For what it’s worth, what we humans call it is meaningless. The mountain has been there since long before human beings, and will remain there long after humans have left the scene. Climb the mountain and gain wisdom from it, but call it whatever you choose.

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The Great Trail – Canada Style

Here is a section in Manitoba – sort of Great Plainsy

This time, I’m not talking about the Great Plains Trail. I’m talking about the Great Trail. This is news to me, but apparently, Canada just completed its Great Trail – 24,000 km covering 13 provinces and practically every major part of the second largest country in the world. Wow!

The website claims that it is 100% connected and open to bikers, hikers, horseback riders, and cross country skiers. To be honest, my jaw is kind of on the floor right now. That is a monumental achievement surpassing what I though was even possible on such a large scale, even in a country that is friendlier to trails in general. Way to go Canada!

I’ll include the link here to the website: The Great Trail and you can check it out for yourself.

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GPT photo of the Week

Board Members Luke Jordan and Kevin Purdy on the GPT in Nebraska National Forest.

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GPT Photo of the Week

Deep in the Nebraska National Forest.

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