Whew, climbing that 1800 feet at the end of a hike is not the easiest thing I've ever done
but I made it. We started at 10, finished at 5:45. Thx again to
Wendy for patiently encouraging me along with her silence and motivational words as I was swearing under my breath three times. I think if I had eaten more
at the last break I wouldn't have been running on empty and I probably would have done a little better those last 2 miles.
That being said, it was a great hike as usual. Highlights
-walking on those couple of snow patches,
-walking over, around and by dead fall (especially watching Lilo fly over the logs like a fine thoroughbred jumper and watching Monty squishing under)
-walking in the pines and seeing some magnificent trees both dead (naturally and from the fire) and alive
-seeing vistas far and wide
including Picacho Peak, Wrightson and Hopkins, Cathedral Peak, Pusch Ridge
-enjoying a couple breaks with some incredible views
-walking through the Chiricahua Nat'l Monument-like Wilderness of the Rocks
-walking up and down in the basin of the Wilderness of the Rocks as its topography changed so dramatically and realizing we were still at 7300 feet
(the Mogollon Rim is 7000 feet)
-finding it hard to believe we were actually going to climb
to the little yellow house wayyyyyyyyyyy above us and then finally getting the "coming right up" signal
-walking up those steps to above the little yellow house and then seeing the AWESOME view
. See short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyxodccVWaY
The new ranger invited us in (it was nice to get out of the wind for a moment) and pointed out some of the various landmarks.
-And last, but never least, hiking with Wendy plus Lilo and Monty. Lilo is just a wonderful trail dog for sure and Monty hung in there (he was quite sore the next day too).
The ABC Jamboree was great fun as well. We had great campfires, great food and even better mixed concoctions. The next day we headed down the highway with a trip to Rose Lake so that Mr. Wendy could do some fishin' and Tiffani, Wendy, me and the dogs could do some chillin'. We finished off the weekend with a "Wendy" birthday lunch at Eclectic Pizza.... yummy!!!