The Hungry Horse News reports that Shawn Coggins put in 240 miles and climbed 36,000 vertical feet last year hiking the trails of Western Montana. He’s seen a lot over those miles, but one thing can stop him dead in his tracks – a wildflower. Coggins is always looking for a wildflower that he hasn’t seen before – a purple columbine in Glacier National Park. Or he’s trying to get to the flowers that only last a short time because they quickly get eaten by animals – the fairy slipper. But he also has time for his favorites – glacier lilies in full bloom creating a yellow meadow near Granite Park Chalet or beargrass painting the hillside with white at Haystack Butte. Read the full story here.