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Rebecca Mezoff
City: Velarde
State: NM
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 13, 2011
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Aug 25th, 2011
Start: Spring Creek Pass
End: Silverton, CO
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 101.4

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Burgers in the rain

Burgers in South Fork

So I am not much of one for hitchiking, but when you're in pain and there is no cell service and you're at a highway, you hitch. Turns out it was kind of fun. We had less than pleasant things to say about all the tourists (many with Texas plates) flying over the pass by us in the rain... but then a very nice Texas couple picked us up in their honkin' big pickup and drove us all the way to South Fork, a distance of approximately 60 miles. They even bought us ice cream along the way and stopped to show us an amazing waterfall I had never seen. They dropped us off at this burger shack where my sister and her husband picked us up just as we were finishing our burgers (mine no bun, no fries due to the celiac disease).

We spent the night in Monte Vista, then loaded up Emily's Camry for a car camping trip. If I couldn't hike, I'd be damned if I was going to go home. So we went car camping.

I know. I don't usually do that. But South Mineral Campground near Silverton is beautiful and it was a great place to spend 5 days (even in the pouring rain). I have many great memories of going there as a kid and it was still wonderful. I sat and read a book and watched the rain (and hail!). I wished I could hike to the fabulous Ice Lake 2500 vertical feet above the campground, but knew that was folly. My sister and brother-in-law came for a few days and we went four-wheeling... I learned some more about mining in the area as Luke has been reading up on the mines in the Silverton area. We had a lot of fun. Eventually the constant rain drove us home and we are back in New Mexico as of August 29th.

I am very disappointed that I couldn't do the long walk that I wanted to do. And I am grateful that I am able to do such things. Having such a small physical problem that kept me from hiking makes me realize how many people have large health issues that mean that they can never do something as cool as hike 100 miles of the Colorado Trail in a rainy August. I am either blessed or lucky, or both.

Thank you all for reading! There will be more hikes in the future just as soon as this knee is feeling better.

And by the way, what is the plural of moose?

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HYOH! And take care of each other-- Rebecca


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