Ken or Marcia Powers
C/O General Delivery
Mimbres, NM 88049
CDT through hiker
Estimated Pick-up Date 5/6/2002
Will hold packages indefinitely.
Day 9, 21 miles, elev 9029
We began hiking today at Arrastras, a historic gold ore mining/crushing site.
The trail on forest duff, jeep track and fist-to-head sized pumice made another good hiking day. The temperature is perfect although the vegetation is so dry it looks like late fall. Parts of the trail were pretty steep. Guess we need more climbing practice.
End of a long 21 miles. We came out to the road right where the PO should be but someone said it’s another 5 miles down the road. The good news is that a restaurant is where the PO is supposed to be. The special was salmon and baked potato.
We saw a fantastic snake and tried to get a picture. It was banded red white and black. Neither one of us could remember the color order of the bands that indicated a poisonous snake. We also got a picture of a small horned toad I also saw my first wood violet with heart shaped leaves.
Our first fellow hiker on the trail was Meegan. She asked to hike with us and wanted to hear stories. She also said Mimbres has commune that is willing to share their hot springs.
It’s getting dark and we have to find a campsite.