Datil Well 2018

This could be my third trail project with NMVFO at Datil Well BLM Campground, between the VLA and Pie Town. Ranchers used the Magdadena Stock Driveway in the 19th and 20th centuries to move cattle and sheep between Springerville, AZ and the railroad at Magdalena, NM. Wells were drilled every 10 miles or so to provide water for the animals, and Datil Well is the site of one of those wells. A tiny museum/visitor center is at the main campground near the camp hosts, well worth a visit.

We stayed at the group campground August 24-26, 2018. Some used campers, and the rest of us were in tents. Friday night we dined at the nearby Eagle Guest Ranch. Rain fell before dinner and during the first night.

We cut a large span of new trail in grassy soil, with few rocks and obstacles to slow us down. Continue reading “Datil Well 2018”

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But what’s the difference between a live hero and a dead moron? …One dumb decision.

Queen Margo, The Magicians S3-E2, “Heroes and Morons”

Manning Park

PCT 2018 Day 109, August 9, Thursday Start campsite near Rock Pass, mile 2635.4 End Manning Park resort, mile 2658.9

Miles walked: 23.5

The trail goes to Rocky Pass, but with more switchbacks than appears here.Haze obscures some views.

We have not shown a lake in a blog post for a while, so here you go.

Bible, the young guy and not the older gentleman already mentioned in this blog, was returning from the monument. He refers to the older Bible as the Old Testament.

Later I meet Goofy, who is flipping. I meet Brazil Nut. When I gave her my trail name, she remembered where in Montana we met before, what color shirt I was wearing, the fact that I was recording trail names of all southbounders, and that I told her about a water source. What a memory!

She reached the border, with a very fast hike, 66 days, not quite the women’s record, and has now completed a triple crown. She is hiking back to Harts Pass to find a ride, instead of continuing on to Canada this year.

I reach the monument at the border with Canada around noon.

Finally…

Strider and NotYetNamed also show up, also headed for Manning Park.

I meet several trail runners, at Manning Park for a (now cancelled) event, and ask them many questions about running gear.

At Manning Park Lodge I am able to get a hostel room at a good rate.

I meet the runners there, and we even have dinner together.

They will not let me pay. These are good people, excited as I am about finishing the PCT, and make me feel welcome at their table.

A family I met on the trail, who just hiked Washington together, offers to take me to the Greyhound station tomorrow.

I do not see the other hikers like Hollywood today, and need to ask their advice about transportation.

Harts Pass

PCT 2018 Day 108, August 8, Wednesday

Start campsite at Methow River, 2604.1

End campsite near Rock Pass, mile 2635.4

Miles walked: 31.3

From 4.5k, the trail climbs up to Granite Pass, and then up to 7k. The trail stays up on high steep ridges for much of the day.

Haze blocks some views.

Harts Pass is a popular trailhead for section hikers.

Some thru-hikers, after finishing at the border, backtrack to Harts Pass instead of going in to Canada, and get rides from day hikers.

Two dogs enjoy a trickle of water after a long hike on a high ridge with no water.

Near Rock Pass and campsite

The campsite has at least eight tents, and Hollywood arrives shortly after me.

Also today I met Hot Pants and Belay.

Finished audiobook Lady Susan, by Jane Austen.

Finished audiobook Preferred Risk, by Frederik Pohl.