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Date: Fri, Jun 17th, 2016
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BC Section 26, mile 3.2 to end section 25, mile ..01
3.2 miles in Bear Creek section 26 and all of section 25, 19.7 miles
Sleeping under the stars last night was very peaceful, every time I woke up, I could see how the stars had moved across the heavens, a grand symphony in time and space. I awoke with a start when the first light touched the sky about 4:50 and we were up and away by 5:25 a.m. We didn't have a lot of water between us and the next supply would be 10 miles away at Cecilia Creek, so walking before the heat of the day seemed the prudent thing to do.
We walked down and off the Mesa - about 1000 feet down, crossed the wide expanse of valley, through which Highway 96 passes. Then ascended the San Pedro Peaks, 3000 feet up at10,500 feet, before descending to our current location at about 8,000 feet, by a creek we have been following for miles down the mountain.
We covered some interesting terrain today. Crossing the valley between the mountains, where the sage and sage colored plants provided an interesting contrast to the red earth they sprouted from. This unusual mix provided the understory to the widely spaced pines and scrub oak we asked through,
Then, having crossed highway 96, as we rose toward the mountains ahead, the flora changed again, lupine and wild roses gave way to dandelions and violets, and all too briefly coming down the Cuba side of the San Pedro Peaks, we had aspens and wild iris once more.
We also saw three very small patches of snow, and Kerry, taking his cue from Mr. Cody (our dog), knelt in it and rolled in it. He described the experience, in the heat of the day as, "orgasmic." I think that remark requires no further comment!
We saw a lot of butterflies, and possibly the largest swallowtails I've ever seen since we started from Canada. We crossed vast green meadows at 10,000 feet, filled with buttercups and dandelions. We spent most of the day just ambling along, looking at the life around us, taking frequent breaks-- it was a lovely day.
Tomorrow we head on to Cuba, another descent of 1000 feet, and I am seriously worried about the heat.
For now, just another lovely New Mexico night under the stars.
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