CADILLAC — Taking the opportunity to hike through Wyoming’s national parks, members of Cadillac Boy Scout Troop 125 took off on a two-week trip at the end of June.
During the first week of the excursion, Cadillac scouts and leaders trekked through Yellowstone National Park. The stop in Yellowstone was organized by the Buffalo Bill Scout Camp.
The five-day hike took the Cadillac troop along 36 miles of the Yellowstone River (at an average elevation of 8,500 feet). As the troop went on its journey, it saw a variety of wildlife like buffalo, coyotes and deer among the beautiful view of the river.
At night, camp was made along the river and made for some excellent relaxation for the day’s hiking.
The trip was topped off by an opportunity for all the boys to enjoy a day of visiting Yellowstone National Park’s main attractions, the spectacular geysers and hot spring pools.
Moving from one park to the next, the Cadillac troop spent the next week backpacking over 26 miles through the backcountry of Teton National Park.
During the next intense three days at an elevation of 9,500 feet, the scouts trekked along the Teton Crest Trail. The last day started with a hike over a pass at an elevation of 10,500 feet.
The days lead to seeing some spectacular mountain scenery as the troop moved through with rock outcroppings, vertical walls, valleys and snow fields that had to be traversed along the route. Different wildlife such as bighorn sheep and marmots were encountered along this hike.
Though Wyoming’s national parks were the main focus of the trip, the scouts and their leaders were also stopped in South Dakota to hike in Badlands National Park.
Those interested in learning more about the scouts, Troop 125 meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays at the Cadillac United Methodist Church year-round. Any interested boys or adults are welcome.