Twig Adventures

GET Day 38: Disjointed Wonderings

Tuesday Apr 27th, 2021, 0600-1900 Comanche Pass to Manzanita Mountains, Segment 37, mm 735 23.5 miles I woke around 4 am with a pretty severe migraine. They haven’t been too bad on this hike so I don’t know what triggered it. Perhaps too few calories and too much exertion. I took some of my medication but when my alarm went off, it felt like the migraine was worse. I realized that I must have taken a benadryl instead of the medicine I needed (both were mixed together in a small bag and oblong in shape). So not only was my head pounding, I felt groggy as well. I didn’t want to move but had no choice. I packed all my[…]

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GET Day 37: Manzano Mountains

Monday Apr 26th, 2021, 0630-1800 Rattlesnake Spring to Comanche Pass, Segment 35, mm 690.5 23.5 miles It was another relatively warm and calm night. I heard some sort of nightjar calling but wasn’t sure what kind. While I was forcing my dinner down the night before, a single mosquito got a bite in before I could even recognize what it was. It’s maybe the 4th I’ve seen all trip. Flies and gnats have also been a non-issue. I guess our struggle to find water all the time comes with some real benefits. To start the day, we walked some more ATV roads out to a graded forest service road, then up 4 miles to a somewhat abused and neglected campground.[…]

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GET Day 36: UFO’s or weather balloons?

Sunday Apr 25th, 2021, 0630-1930 Grey Ridge cut to Rattlesnake Spring, Segment 34, mm 668 25 miles The wind settled down nicely overnight but once again, my stomach did not. I woke around 1 am feeling the need to throw up my dinner. I just couldn’t let that happen so I tried some herbal remedies that helped settle my stomach and put me back to sleep. I still woke with a knot in my stomach and could only manage to choke down a banana for breakfast. I’ve had no appetite whatsoever for days and my stomach is visibly distended, even though there’s noting in there. I just feel bloated. I can’t imagine how much longer this could last. I should[…]

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GET Day 35: Sevilleta

Saturday Apr 24th, 2021, 1100-1900 Johnson Hill (Socorro) to Grey Ridge cut, Segment 33, mm 643 23.5 miles (plus 9 from Thursday’s attempt) I had never been so on the fence about finishing a hike before. I didn’t manage to hold dinner down overnight and the knot in my stomach felt the worst it had when I woke up. I fretted for hours overnight about what to do. I knew Stellar was ready to walk again, so at least that was settled. Sam was driving to Phoenix on this day, so I could just go back with him. Or hang out for a few more days, meeting Stellar down the road. Or just keep walking…which I’ve never been more loathe[…]

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GET Day 34: Socorro & the Malaise

Tuesday Apr 20th, 2021, 0630-1900 South Canyon to Socorro 20 miles (Plus 3 days on pause following this…long post) It ended up being a lot warmer than expected overnight but at the cost of some vicious winds. Starting around 1 am, 40 mph gusts roared down the mountains. I had to get up to fortify some stakes and even then, I worried that my tent might be ripped apart. The tension of waiting for each wave to hit, hoping it wouldn’t be the final blow…needless to say I didn’t sleep very well. My pinion pine didn’t do a lot but it was better than nothing. I guess we should have camped further inside the canyon but who’s to say the[…]

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GET Day 33: Magical Magdalena Mountains

Monday Apr 19th, 2021, 0830-1900 Magdalena to South Canyon end, alt to Socorro via Magdalena mountains. 25 miles The skies cleared and the weather was supposed to be great the rest of the week. Time to hike! But first we had to finish the big plate of leftovers that Osiris and Michael had given us the night before. They were going to be closed for several days and hate wasting food, so they often give it away to customers. The plate was a sampling of mostly fresh stuff like salad and slaw that’s perishable. All stuff I’m in bad need of. So Pro tip for starving hikers: time your visit to Sunday night! Having gotten only a 2 day resupply[…]

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GET Days 31 & 32: Magdalena

Saturday Apr 17th, 2021, 0630-0930 Monica Tank to HWY 60, then ride to Magdalena 10 miles It was so terribly cold overnight. I woke to pee around 3 am to find that all my water bottles were frozen. I made several cups of coffee in the morning to warm up, having to break ice to do so. It was hard to pack with my hands so cold and not functioning. At least I had less to pack since I was wearing every piece of clothing I have. Even my aligners that I’m wearing for my teeth correction froze when I took them out to eat breakfast. This was probably the coldest night I’ve yet experienced while thru-hiking. Walking didn’t help[…]

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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 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 up. There was[…]

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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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