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!

Our Credo...

"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

Trip Report Grants NM July 1

We’re in Grants NM; generally, our halfway mark, about one month and almost 400 miles done and about the same to go this year.  June sure went by fast.

Since leaving Reserve, for the last week we have been mostly hiking on roads, some asphalt, some gravel, some dirt, some slippery clay, but all were made for other purposes.

Water – either not enough, or too much, has been a constant concern. It has been a long dry sections of “trail” where there is no natural water.  We’ve had to rely mainly on stock tanks fed by windmills and have had to deal with the uncertainty of their availability by carrying 2 gallons each from each source.  At the same time we’ve had to watch the skies daily for thunderstorm cells and the potential for strong down bursts of wind and rain.

We stopped midway at Pie Town to pick up our supply box from the Post Office. And, of course, we had to sample the pies at both the Daily Pie” and “Pie-oneer” cafes!

As we closed in on Grants we followed some stunning canyons and crossed “El Malpais” (the badlands), a place of volcanic rock terrain; a place of stark beauty and difficult walking; a place where the trail follows rock cairns originally placed 1,000 years ago by ancestors of the Acomas and Zunis; a place that’s been vexing, and rewarding, hikers for over a millennium.

Grants is spread out, made for cars not walkers, but our stay has been made much easier by the hospitality of a trail angel, Michelle.  Tomorrow we head out for northern New Mexico with more canyons, mesas and mountains!

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People Shots

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Scenic Shots

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Flora & Fauna

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