Twig Adventures

GET Day 30: Mount Withington

Friday Apr 16th, 2021, 0800-1830 Indian Springs to Monica Tank, alt to avoid Potato Canyon 19 miles The answer to the cliff-hanger of Day 29 is that Stellar was just fine, if a bit tired and sleepy. He made it back to camp around 1:30 am with water in tow. I woke up early in the morning as usual but took it easy, in case and understandably if he wanted to sleep in. He didn’t really so we were back on trail, grinding like always. It had been quite cold overnight. The little mud puddle at the spring was iced over. So it was good that we had another big climb to a place called Grassy Lookout to warm us[…]

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GET Day 29: Blue Mountain & Water Blues

Thursday Apr 15th, 2021, 0700-1930 San Mateo Canyon to Indian Springs, segment 29, mm 535 26 miles Coyotes howled all night but their antics didn’t bother me in the least…I kind of like the sound. I also heard a western screech owl. It stayed pretty warm overnight and we woke to high cloud cover. I was glad that it would stay cool for the climb into the San Mateos but worried that the bad weather was moving in early. We began walking up the Burma road towards the southern end of the Apache Kid Trailhead. The road seems to have several offshoots and I’m uncertain where it goes or comes from. We bothered some more cows, unintentionally as always, then[…]

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GET Day 28: Breaking Bad

Wednesday Apr 14th, 2021, 1300-1900 HWY 52 to San Mateo Canyon, segment 27, mm 510 17 miles I woke up thinking this would be a fine place and day to take a zero… that’s how much I liked the cabin. Even though this tiny town had hardly anything, it had just enough…provided the general store’s open. I was up early to get some blog work done, so I went over to the church. Pastor Jim had invited us to go inside to use the wifi, so that we didn’t freeze sitting outside. It was a lot like a library, only all the books had a very specific theme. When the long-awaited general store opened, we had 2 more surprises waiting.[…]

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GET Day 27: Winston

Tuesday Apr 13th, 2021, 0630-1030 Duck Canyon solar water tank to HWY 52, then road walk/hitch to Winston, segment 27, mm 494 12 miles All was quiet overnight, save for some coyotes. We got an early start, eager to get to the road to maximize our hitching luck. Perhaps we could hit rush hour into town. The sunrise over the San Mateos, our next mountain range, was fantastic. We walked a series of farm tracks and some cross country to get to the road. The landscape was open prairie, with views for miles. We saw a herd of about 40 elk along the way. They ran all over the hills, in and out of sight. We could follow their movements[…]

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GET Day 26: Triple Segments

Monday Apr 12th, 2021, 0700-1830 CDT mile 250 to Duck Canyon near solar water tank, start segment 27, mm 484 30 miles It was our longest day yet on this trail, partly because the cruisey trail allowed it but predominantly because we were motivated to get through a 26 mile dry stretch without having to carry too much water. Our notes told of a fairly reliable solar trough at the beginning of segment 27, so we decided to make that the aim of our day. We’re lucky to be able to do such big miles because it makes these dry stretches much more manageable. I realize that’s not the case for a lot of people. It’s either carry the weight[…]

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GET Day 25: South Diamond Creek & the CDT

Sunday Apr 11th, 2021, 0700-1900 MeOwn complex to CDT mile 250, segment 25, mm 454.4 25.5 miles It turned out to be really warm overnight, despite the forecast. It was good that we camped where we did because a few miles down the trail, we descended 500′ into South Diamond Creek, where there was still frost on everything. Even parts of the creek were frozen and snow lingered in many places. Parts of this valley still felt like fall, with leaves littering the ground and even clinging colorfully to the trees. But as the sun began to filter past the high canyon walls and through the trees, a distinct air of spring permeated the valley. This quickly became the most[…]

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GET Day 24: Me Own

Saturday Apr 10th, 2021, 0830-1800 Gila Visitors Center to MeOwn complex, end segment 22, mm 425 23 miles It got very cold overnight…the thermometer read 27 degrees F in the morning and my partly wet skirt was frozen stiff. Luckily my socks and shoes had mostly dried. I packed in the dark and snuck into the RV trailer to charge my phone and get good wifi. It wasn’t much warmer in there so I drank lots of coffee and hot water. Too bad you can’t combine hot pools and device charging very easily. Just as planned, Tinman was at the hot springs to take us to the trailhead at 0730 am. I still can’t get over just how wonderful people[…]

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GET Day 23: Doc Campbells & Gila Hot Springs

Friday Apr 9th, 2021, 0715-1000 West Fork Gila cliff dwellings to Doc Campbells and hot springs, end segment 21, mm 400.6 3 miles I slept very well in my humble nest under the trees, like a little squirrel cradled in the pine duff. I really am becoming feral I think. We had a short walk to the trailhead and cliff dwelling monuments. But we immediately had to cross the river, over and over again. It’s always pleasant in the hot afternoons but the mornings, when it’s in the 40’s, not so much fun. Where we slept seemed to have trapped some of the warm air from the previous day but as we walked down the valley, it became even colder.[…]

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GET Day 22: Ponderosa Parks & The West Fork Gila

Thursday Apr 8th, 2021, 0715-1900 Mogollon Baldy to West Fork Gila cliff dwellings, segment 21, mm 397.5 25.5 miles The wind howled all night, sometimes even shaking the metal container. It was a bit drafty, doing little to trap our body heat. But far better than our tents would have been at keeping out the cold! And we were well protected from flying objects, bears, and vampires. The sunrise on top the mountain was beautiful, if a bit frigid and blustery. I was glad we spent the night up there but also ready to get down to lower and less burned climates. The notes indicated that the trail ahead was even less maintained, so we were prepared for an additional[…]

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GET Day 21: The Mogollons and the Future of Hiking

Wednesday Apr 7th, 2021, 0700-1800 Mogollon Ghost Town to Mogollon Baldy, segment 20, mm 372 20 miles I joked before we went to bed that the Mogollon towns folk might come alive as vampires at dusk, preying on innocent hikers that have wondered into the area. Or maybe they are simply straight up ghosts that would haunt us. An axe murderer to boot? When you’re camped in the woods next to a ghost town, these things go through your mind. But there were zero disturbances overnight and I slept very soundly. Maybe the ghouls and vampires just couldn’t find me in my camo tent. We hit the road and made 7.5 miles in just 2 hours. The road was dead[…]

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