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OfieToby - Grand Enchantment Trail Journal - 2010

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OfieToby
City: Rio Rancho
State: New Mexico
Country: United States
Begins: Sep 1, 2010
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, May 5th, 2010
Start: Albuquerque-Demming
End: Demming-Albuquerque

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 484
Journal Visits: 1,064
Guestbook Views: 74
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Scouting trip and Trail Angels

I met Wilderness Bob on Trailjournals.com. One thing led to another, so I met up with him in Grants, NM on April 24th. Together we spent seveal days driving through SW New Mexico along the general route of the CDT. I was introduced to the pleasures of being a trail angel when we encountered a number of hikers who had earlier starts on the CDT. Also, I learned of the Toaster House in Pie Town, and will probably include a sojourn there on my GET hike, even if it means a 60 mile detour.

We made it to Snow Lake, and had to retreat to Reserve when we found the road to Glenwood still blocked by blowdown and snow. We got to Demming on the 27th and WB started a hike with some other CDT NOBOs on the 27th. I returned home via FR 150 from Mimbres back to Pie Town and Grants. Along the way I got my first close up look at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness and the west side of the Black Range. I crossed the GET at a couple of points including the Me Own airstrip. I don't claim the Blacks are better than the middle fork of the Gila, but a lot of CDT hikers are missing a grand part of the CDT by never venturing there. As of me, I want to do both. I don't expect to complete a long trail in one season, so call me a section hiker, but I will enjoy the trail as much as anyone.

I might add that the long hike between the Blacks on the east and the Gila National Forest at Collins Park in the west would not be a desert hike. Imagine a mixture of some open range and forested heights. There seemed to be plenty of water.

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Ofie Tobi is the name of our yellow lab. However, Ofie Tobi is Chickasaw for White Dog. We could not pronounce the Chickasaw for yellow. I spell it different, Ofie Toby.

 

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