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[CDT-L] Update: Flight of the Spirit Eagle
- Subject: [CDT-L] Update: Flight of the Spirit Eagle
- Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1999 11:37:54 -0500
Talked to our hikers again!
They hit Reserve a little sooner than they thought because the mileages they
had figured were off a bit. Whe we last left them, they were about to hitch to
a burger because they found Pietown closed.
(Personal Note...I am an atypical hiker in that I don't really enjoy pizza,
ice cream but to anticipate a town called Pie and to leave it with out
of same ......well.....for me that would be nightmare fodder!!!!!!!!)
Pie town has a rep for Trail angels and excellent magic, but no one was around.
Jim and Ginnyhad burgers on the brain so a 20 hitch to the next town seemed
in order. This was not to be an easy hitch...in fact after a couple hours
out with no luck, they began considering "If it's this hard to get out of
long will it take us to get back" and the need to feed was put on the back
and they returned, unfulfilled to the trail.
This was a very brief call from another baaad, noisy roadside payphone so there
aren't many trail goodies to share today. They have been enjoying the elk
and actually were followed for some time by an elk. One night, Ginny
may have heard a Mt Lion but she is not sure if she dreamed it or the noise
and it was really there. They have seen no tracks or scat that could be
anything bigger than a bobcat. The are about to head into some reeeaal
again..into the Gila NF. Thie section is a lot like the old maps that
showed the edge of
the world with the legend "Beyond here lay monsters" because there is not
common route or info to follow. Water should not be an issue since
there will be
some 60 stream crossing in one 30 mile stretch. .....and that's the drier
Brrrrr I see cold wet pruney feet in their future. Well at least they
a chance to warm up those tootsies when they hit Gila Hot Springs. Of course
if there is no pie in Pie Town how can you be sure <g>.
Speaking of water....they have lost alllll confidence in water
filters. After last
week, they both think they may have Giardia. Now we all know that there is
of ways you can pick up the big G.from the tubes or your hands yada yada, so
folks might not want to jump to the conclusion that it was the filters fault.
Jims problem is as he says "How can you trust them if you put brown water in
and get brown water out....put green water in and get green water out"
To which I add..yeah..just how big is a micron anyway! This hike has
a lot about water. Well that's it for today ,
c/o John Kramer (Ranger Station)
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
HCR 68 Box 100
Silver City NM 88061
Deming, NM 88030 about the
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