I Made it Through the Wilderness
My backpack weighed around 23 lbs. And let me tell you, it makes a huge difference. I never regretted my decision to pack light, but everyone else was saying stuff like, "Oh I shouldn't have carried all my clothes in my backpack." Ummm.... ya think?
There were several opportunities to take pictures on the way up, but the first thing I took a picture of was something I thought Matt might be interested in. It's the remnants of a downed plane. The plane was being used for drug trafficking so it's not like there were any heroic feats going on, but it's interesting nonetheless.
|This is your plane on drugs (I thought of that about 2 minutes after taking this picture)|
There were two main things that we were uncertain about at our chosen destination. We knew that there would be a cabin, but we had no idea what the state of it would be. Would it be a livable place to keep dry in a rainstorm or would it be a dilapidated, run-down shack? We also knew based on the topo map that there wasn't a lot of room to pitch 5 tents around the cabin, so that was going to be tricky. The other thing we weren't sure about was the state of the springs surrounding the cabin. There were several on the map but in New Mexico that doesn't mean very much. The spring could be flowing marvelously or it could be completely dried up. We didn't know.
When the packers passed us on the trail as they were going back down, they said the spring looked good. Actually, I think their words were "Not good enough for horses, but good enough for you," in terms of the amount that would be available to us.
It wasn't much longer before we reached the cabin and the spring, but when I saw the spring, I'm pretty sure I said, "wait, that's it?"
Upon seeing it, my boss was also a little concerned about our water supply. Luckily, it looked like it would recharge itself if we pumped it. Then, one of my other coworkers continued down the trail a little way and found a second spring that seemed to be a little bigger. The only problem was, it was dirtier.
|Mosquito larvae infested mud water. Yummy!|