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Two Ocean Pass, Wyoming | by Chief Bwana
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Two Ocean Pass, Wyoming

Deep in the Bridger Wilderness northeast of Grand Teton lies a rare geological wonder: a river that flows to two oceans thousands of miles apart. At Two Ocean Pass, astride the Continental Divide, Two Ocean Creek splits at the "Parting of the Waters," becoming Atlantic Creek and Pacific Creek. A sign at the spot indicates the mileage to the river's final destinations. Mountain men told of this marvel in their journals, a spot where a trout could theoretically swim over the Continental Divide.

 

My dad took me and a group of teenagers to this place in 1968 -- a 15 mile backpack each way. In 1997, I took a group of friends and stood on the same spot we had visited 29 years earlier. It's interesting to relive a classic adventure from the vantage point of a teenager and an adult.

 

The trek out there is quite beautiful, with lovely forests, rivers, mountains, meadows, a waterfall, trout, and wildflowers along the way (sample). But it's grizzly, mountain lion, moose and wolverine country--be prepared.

 

I won't tell about the Bigfoot we heard back in 1968--it's better told around a campfire in the deep, dark woods. But it's a true story; a mountain man wouldn't lie to ye now, would 'e? Wagh!

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Taken in August 1968