With an early start from Ghost Ranch and cooler forecasted temps, the day was heaven. As we rose in elevation, the brilliant green forest was lush and thick with intermittent fields of wild iris lined with flickering aspens.
Hummmm. Let’s see. What did happen today?
Shower, eat, laundry, blog, eat, 2 hour nap, organize stuff, eat, shower again, sleep
1st Mission of this day: Drop elevation to the Rio Chama River and climb 1800 feet in elevation up to to the top of Mesa de La Viejos BEFORE noon and the intense hot heat of the afternoon. We not only made our goal but also hiked 10 miles by 10:00 am.
Early morning walk through San Pedro Parks reminded me a bit of Scotland, rolling and green.
After leaving the park we met our first CDT hikers, Will and Anne.
The Northern New Mexico Loop’s tread is trail, unmaintained trail, abandoned forest roads, 4 WD roads, and cross-country. It has about everything to keep the hiker occupied.
Slept in, sipped hot coffee, did some Interneting, took a second shower, organized my gear, and started hiking at 11:00 am.
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After much assessment, we decided to launch our packrafts from a small rock cliff. Willows on both banks almost covered in water, lined the banks making it tricky to even get to the river.
Both Sally and I are a bit more than nervous about the conditions we are facing of tomorrow’s ford of the Rio Grande.
The first 2 water sources on the route are cow troughs. It was so hot, we had no problems with the conditions of cow pies and all kinds of green stuff in the water and surrounding the area.
It is simple relief when a month of planning a trip with all the logistics and obstacles comes together. So far…this one is a winner.
School is out. Oh ya. It is time to hit the trail.
First up this summer Sally (Arrow) and I will be hiking the first half of Brett Tucker’s creation, “The Northern New Mexico Loop”. Brett Tucker has put together a number of very interesting and challenging routes.