WHERE'S PAT???

Follow Pat and Dan's trek along the entire Continental Divide Trail through the blogs posted by Pat's daughter, Erin.  Thanks, Erin!!!  We love following their travels, which are posted with the latest blog up front!

Even through-hikers need cell phones



Somehow a bunch of CDT hikers ended up at Doc Campbell's Post at the same time.  We're all waiting for the store to open. There's WIFI and everyone is hanging out fiddling with their cellphones.  The hikers are very self-sufficient but very hooked on social media!

A lot of CDT publications use the phrase 'embrace the brutality. '  Trail humor has modified that to 'embrace the moo-tality.'  Last night there were cows all around,  mooing. 😊

Today's highlight was the CDT taking us up and over Burro Mountain at 8,000 feet.   Fairly steep up and down,  but it sure felt refreshing to breathe cooler,  mountain air.

Burrow Mountain Homestead is very old and enduring.   We're staying in the Roosevelt Room,  named so because Teddy Roosevelt stayed in this room!  Feels good to have a shower,  cook our own meal (they sell frozen pizza,  and we can use the kitchen) and tomorrow I'll make hot coffee and have a hot breakfast.   Then,  on to Silver City for Trail Days and our first zero day.

 
 
After a 3-hour shuttle ride from Lordsburg, N.M., 10 of us hikers were dropped off at the border with Mexico at the approximate location of the CD.  It was flat and dry with a nondescript barbed wire fence. It's called Crazy Cook (back in a  cattle drive the cook went crazy and killed a cowboy or two.) There's a monument there placed by the CDTC.
 
The border is marked by a simple barbed wire fence and well-maintained dirt road.
 
Day 3.  Still no Border Patrol.   We see them drive by on the highway. We were told that they would probably stop, ask some questions and then offer cold water.   Cold water in the desert would be a treat!
 
 
We'll hike 7 miles Wednesday where Judy will meet us at the highway and take us into Lordsburg for the night.   I'm sure looking forward to that. 
 
 
I have yet to use my tent.  No chance of rain and the stars are spectacular. 
 
Lots and lots of spiny plants in the desert
 
 
Day 1 was cool and breezy compared to days 2 and 3.  The scenery is beautiful.   Wide open valleys with rugged mountains lining the valleys.  Every direction I look I can see mountains. Sometimes they are a long way away. 
Cows have eaten the grass and other ground cover leaving behind the most thorny bushes I've ever seen.  Hiking amongst these bushes can be bothersome.