Thursday, November 20, 2011 – Georgetown Road – Road 4158L
As I wrote a letter to my pen pal (my 10 year-old nephew Ryan) the other day, I realized that I only have done 16 hikes and have already seen and experienced some very cool things! I’ve walked through rivers, in flat desert, in mountainous pine forests, rolling hills, in river beds and on ridge tops. We’ve seen interesting rocks, horses, rabbits, deer, javelina (wild boars), hunters, a crashed airplane, cowboys, and one guy who is hiking the entire Continental Divide Trail in 4 months. So far, pretty fun!
The hike was a pleasant one – the weather was cloudy and in the 50’s – not too cold; not too hot. The trail meandered through the hills and offered some nice views, trees and even a few cows. I was glad that I had the GPS turned on because there were quite a few intersecting roads throughout the area. We even ended up putting up markers to remind us of which road we should take back to our starting spot – that’s how many intersecting roads there were! We got turned around once and thought we were on the wrong road. We back tracked and tried the other road. Then I checked the GPS and realized that the first road was correct. We bush wacked (‘cause we’re just so hiker cool and confident!) and were back on the right road in short order. It must be a well-used area because, unfortunately, we saw a lot of trash. We brought back as much as we could fit into our bag. Come on people, if you bring it in, could ya at least take it out????
It seemed to be a grazing area because we found a corral and 3 head nearby it. The was a lot of truck tracks and the smell of manure. I suspect the boys were collecting the herd recently.
Now it’s time for some Matzo Ball Soup.
4.04 miles / 2 hours
17 down / 83 to go
Posted on November 20, 2011, in Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Southwest and tagged Cattle, challenge, Gila, hike, hiking, tarantula. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.