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We are currently on another long distance hike, and the third leg of our "triple crown", the Continental Divide Trail (the "CDT"). Come along with us if you can - if not in person then by following our grand adventure via our "posts from the trail".  Check out our Flickr Photos, which we'll update periodically, and see it through our eyes!

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"Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Journal July 6 Mesas Tops and Bottoms

The dramatic landscape continues. We walk along the base of mesas and the tops of others and, in one place, along a shelf halfway up. There are a number of ups and downs as we also go in and out of arroyos, large and small, several bordering on being canyons. The trail follows the very rim of several mesas, offering stunning views and weak knees.

The day is hot, the hottest we’ve had in awhile, probably the hottest since we were in the “boot heel” between Crazy Cook and Lordsburg. The afternoon brings scattered clouds and storm cells with showers but somehow the sun shines on us most all the time, unrelentingly.

We linger a bit at lunch not wanting to leave the shade for the hot sunny trail. We hold out as long as we can for clouds to move our way but finally have to get up and go.

It’s a slow-motion afternoon. With a load of water from the one spring we cross today, with the heat and with the ups, downs and rocky footing of mesa walking, our pace falls off.  We push on ’till almost dark.

18 miles

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