Doolittle and I went up Chico Peak last weekend, a quick overnighter. This is a 360-degree panorama from as high as we got - 10,044 feet. We sat discussing whether or not we were going to summit the last peak when we noticed a rather large grizzly bear just below us, which we sat and watched for nearly an hour. Between the bear and rolling thunder from a fast-approaching storm, we decided to head back...at a quick pace. Of course, a mile or so from the car we had a 30-foot encounter with a speeding moose. Montana rocks.
Be sure to enlarge the panorama to its full size when it opens in your browser. Interestingly, since this photograph was taken a week ago, a raging wildfire has sprung up just a few drainages over. If taken today, all you would see in front of Andrew (picture-right) is smoke roaring east at 30,000+ feet.