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

Trip Report July 17th Chama – New Mexico in the Rearview Mirror…

After 640 miles, +/- a few for mapping and walking inconsistancies, we now have New Mexico squarely in the rear view mirror. We crosed the NM/CO border yesterday, arrived at Cumbres Pass about 4 miles later and then hitched a ride back into New Mexico. Not because we missed it so much, nor for a last dose of green chiles, but because Chama is the town nearest to the pass. (Although we did like NM, after 6 weeks we are ready to move on.)

The CDT began a transition upon leaving Cuba. Entering the high country of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness was only a first taste of the high country to come. Much cooler, wetter and more lush and green than the rest of our hike across New Mexico

We dropped back to the classic high desert landscape of red rock bads, spires, mesas, badlands and canyons as we ppassed through “Ghost Ranch”, a very hospitable Presbytirian retreat center.

Walking the Tusas mountains north to Colorado we could easily see that we were following an “on ramp” to the San Juan Mountains. We climbed to 9,000 feet and never looked back, or below.

The lush, green mountain plateaus are as much meadow as forest, but at least they are not desert. They are dotted with wildflowers and populated with mule deer, elk, antelope, marmots, coyotes and, of course, cows.

We are down to less than 2 weeks and about 180 miles to go, looking forward to the summer wildflowers of the San Juans.

One Response to “Trip Report July 17th Chama – New Mexico in the Rearview Mirror…”

  1. michelemilburntrailange Says:

    so good to read about your trip up til now. sorry i missed you guys, phone was messed up, went to the motel but somehow missed you two! well at least you have the “mainstreet from hiker hell” under your belts!!! we are doing very well. i will keep my wings out for next year. a pleasure to have been in the right place right time..take care, michele and michael, grants nm

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People Shots

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Scenic Shots

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Flora & Fauna

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