5/12, day 16, 21 miles, 9050 elev.
Ken or Marcia Powers
C/O General Delivery
US Post Office
7 Balke St
Reserve, NM 87830
CDT through hiker
Estimated Pick-up Date 5/13/2002
Will hold packages indefinitely.
Hours: M-F 0830 – 1200, 1230 – 1700
Sat 0930 – 1130
We were mostly hiking to get to highway 12, which leads to Reserve: PO, shower, laundry and town food. We hiked hard through rolling mountains with tan grass and green juniper and ponderosa. Part of our hiking was following blazes on trees or stone cairns cross country…slow. Our first water opportunity since Negrito Fire Base was Damian Spring that is said to always flow. There was a pool 6″ in diameter and the water was .75 in. deep. We filtered out about a liter and the seep back was too slow to filter, so we pumped the spring temporarily dry. Saw more deer and elk.
Rush to get to Reserve. Need to call our Mothers for Mothers Day.