“Shimmering” from the Garnet Mountain Lookout near Bozeman, Montana

We spent last night at the Garnet Mountain Lookout, which sits at 8,200 feet overlooking the Gallatin Canyon.

It was eerily silent up there – little wind, light traffic on Highway 191 some 3,000 feet below us. Just the crackling of the fire and coyotes yippin’ and howlin’ in all directions. We heard at least three different groups.

Stay tuned for the next episode of “24” featuring this trip, and if you have rentable USFS cabins near you, check ’em out. It’s a great time of year for cabin camping – light crowds, cool nighttime temperatures and access that remains easy until the snow falls.

Photo: Ryan Jordan, 25.Sep.09, Olympus E-P1, Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15/4.5.