Spirit Canyon Lodge
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... coating of soot on the ceilings indicates they burned fires in these rooms. There are various different rooms for sleeping, cooking, storage, and ceremonial purposes. We had a great tour guide (whose name I immediately forgot, sorry) who was a volunteer and had lived in the park for the past three months. Seeing the Cliff Dwellings was so worth the trip--if you do have an RV, you can detour around the worst part ...
We arrive at the dwellings, check out the visitors center, and go up to the dwellings. It's about a two mile walk to the dwellings and back, and you have to remember you're at high altitude. While not at the 7700 foot level, it was in the 6000's. You're up there and it's not as easy as climbing when you're at sea level. We live in the mountains, but our place is at 1200 feet above sea level. 7700 is quite a ...
We went through our first border control checkpoint on the way to Silver City. Being so close to the Mexician border these checkpoints seem to be pretty common. They didn't want to see ID and only asked where we were from and if there was anyone else in the back of the truck. After all the "hitchhikers may be escaped prisoners" signs they didn't need to worry about us picking anyone ...
... from all over the world, out on the trail. They
are a hardy group who carry all their comfort with them. Rain or
shine they must get up and go.
For more on the trail, start here:
One interesting pair we met and will be
following via their blog is Sara and Forrest. They seem to have the
moxie to make it the whole way and probably ahead of their schedule.
Follow them ...
... to enter our camp area. Doug is his name and he's backpacking from Mexico to Cumbres Pass in CO. But, to this point he's been given two rides of about 80 miles and has walked about 15 while camping out 2 nights and moteling it the other two. He's a retired Pastor and survivor of a brutal fight with cancer. This is his victory celebration.
The last 4 miles to Emory pass were brutal, but the payoff was well worth it! ...