Twig Adventures

Day 9: Hoodoos

April 30th, 2019 Silver city to mm 161.6 to mm 173.1 on CDT main route, then to Gila River alternate mm 11.5 Distance in miles: 23.5 0730-1830 It sprinkled overnight…just enough to hear it on my tent but not actually make anything wet. I packed up early so I could go to the laundry room to charge my phone while I worked on my blog. I figured a few things out but am still having problems with the app. I was ready to get out of town so I wouldn’t have to deal with these things for awhile. Bearman texted to say that he was on his way in and that I should take a zero but I couldn’t stomach[…]

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Day 8: Silver City Redo

April 29th, 2019 Side Canyon tank mm 144 – mm150.6 Distance in miles: 6.6 0630-0930 It was dead quiet overnight…not even a cricket. I went to bed before it was even dark but then woke in the middle of the night, legs and hips hurting. Guess I’ve been pushing too hard. I had to take another pain killer. But then in the morning, nothing was sore. Getting old I guess. I hiked down the canyon, enjoying the rock formations. I was hoping to see some deer, bear, etc but all I found was more cows. Then there is another tank that I thought of hiking to last night and I am glad I didn’t. My campsite was so nice and[…]

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Day 7: A Happy Herpy Day

April 28th, 2019 Burro Peak Trailhead mm 116.5 – Side Canyon tank mm 144 Distance in miles: 27.5 0630-1800 I found the best frog and horned lizard today, so I called it a “herpy” day. Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. I love salamanders but also other herps. I just don’t mess with snakes. Climbing almost 2000 feet up to 8000 feet in elevation was the order for this morning. The climb went well but all the while I was dreaming about a smaller and lighter pack. Just when I thought I was pretty content with my gear, Trail Days gave me a bad case of packserexia. There were many nice views around the tops of Jacks and[…]

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Day 6: Trail Days

April 27th, 2019 HWY 90 crossing mm 108.6 – Burro Peak Trailhead mm 116.5 Distance in miles: 8 1600-1900 I got enough sleep to feel refreshed and wasn’t too dehydrated from the beer the night before. We all headed out to attend the free pancake breakfast in the park, sponsored by the Kiwanis club. Free food had attracted all the hikertrash for many miles around and it was a reunion of sorts. I then went around to all the booths, looking at mostly gear I didn’t want or need. Although I was greatly tempted by Six Moon Designs new carbon fiber shaft umbrella. It weighs a whole 2 oz less than mine! And mine is getting pretty ratty after 5000[…]

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Day 5: Silver City

April 26th, 2019 Engineer’s Windmill mm 100.1 – HWY 90 crossing mm 108.6, then ride to Silver City Distance in miles: 8.5 0700-1100 I slept so well, way better than I would have in town. I also did a good job of exhausting myself the day before. I did have a migraine because of the dehydration. Easily taken care of but I will have to do better. The morning was very nice, with cotton candy clouds all around. I caught up to Bearman and we hiked the short distance to the road. I had thought about hiking an additional 8 miles to make it to a trailhead but there was a guy with trail magic set up at the road.[…]

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Day 4: Thirsty

April 25th, 2019 Cache 5 mm 78.3 – Engineer’s Windmill mm 100.1 Distance in miles: 21.8 0630-1930 I didn’t sleep very well overnight because my legs were hurting, mostly my hips. But I woke feeling rested. The morning was nice with the trail winding through the hills to town. There is a road walk that shaves a couple miles and avoids a lot of ups and downs…many take it. But I’m here to walk the trail when there is one and was rewarded with seeing lots of birds and rabbits. I met a really nice french couple along the way. This was their first long thru-hike and also first time in the US but they semed to be handling things[…]

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Day 3: First Trail Magic

April 24th, 2019 Tank mm 50.5 – Cache 5 mm 78.3 Distance in miles: 28 0640-1900 It’s another beautiful morning and we hit the trail aiming for the 4th water cache. There have been many other water sources from cow troughs and solar faucets but so far I have been able to make it from cache to cache carrying just 1.75 liters of water. I also chug water while at the cahes. It’s been nice not to have to use my filter…even though it’s easy to do so. I’m just a lazy hiker and avoid doing any unnecessary work. Up the hill from the 4th cache is a sign about trail magic in 1.5 miles. Do we risk not tanking[…]

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Day 2: The Wet Desert

April 23rd, 2019 Water Cache box 2 mm 26 – Tank mm 50.5 Distance in miles: 24.5 0630-1800 I didn’t sleep very well. It rained lightly in the middle of the night so I had to adjust my tent. Then I was hearing weird noises…we think the drones were flying overhead. There were also coyotes. I woke 5 minutes before my alarm at 5 am and heard a great horned owl hooting. I don’t know where they roost but there is certainly plenty to eat between the rabbits and mice. A mouse scurried right past my door in the early dawn light. I had to pack a wet tent (condensation in the desert!). We were all on the trail early[…]

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Day 1: Great Beginnings

April 22nd, 2019 Mexican Border mm 0- Water Cache box 2 mm 26 Distance in miles: 26 0915-2000 I woke up with a migraine, not the best way to start off a trail, but it’s such a common occurance that I just manage it. Everyone was up early for the 6:30 am shuttle. I was shocked when a strange guy walked into the breakfast room and said “hey, how are you doing?” I had no idea who he was. Then he said “it’s me, Salty!” About that time I had finally recognized his voice. We had started and finished the PCT within days of each other and hiked several times together in the desert. He had shaved his beard and[…]

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Day 0: The Land of Enchantment

April 21st, 2019 Colorado to New Mexico…by car. My parents drove me down to South Fork the day before and I spent the night there with Lisa. She was giving me a ride to Lordsburg, New Mexico – the start of the trail. Lisa is an avid thru-hiker and trail angel and was offering a ride since she was going down to visit her boyfriend Radar. He is the guy that organizes and drives a shuttle to the border, delivering hikers to their destiny. I had discovered all of this info through the CDT hiker Facebook page. Overnight, I stayed with one of Lisa’s foster cats, who woke me up many times trying to cuddle, but it was still nice[…]

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