Finally got to spend some nights in the mountains. Went up high in some upper basins looking for the elusive mule deer. Ended up seeing more mountain goats than anything. Area had lots of water, feed, and cover. Didn’t see a single sign of man once we got out of the creek bottom, a rarity it feels like now a days. We never saw a single person after driving up the hill past the camping spots.We ended up only finding two sets of deer tracks after 10 miles of hiking. Neat area, seems odd that the only animals in there are goats, grouse and bears. Also got to watch this guy for a while. He was very interested in me. Pulled stakes and went to another area a little lower. Area had great grass and water, but again didn’t cut a single track in the area. Did find a decent black bear, but it was on the move with no chance to catch up. Two areas striked off the list. Spent the first night in a tipi, tried out some new gear and hiked till our feet got sore. Great weekend in the mountains. We will be switching tactics and trying an area on the other side of the mountains next weekend. The quest continues.