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May 20 2013
imike
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 Cloudcroft, NM
Sawmill CanyonSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar May 20 2013
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Hiking7.90 Miles 940 AEG
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While it was very nice to escape up into some cooler weather, it was not an "on" day for me. The "less than" Sunday hike sort of carried over into the Monday hike. I think it was a combination of too little sleep and too much hard labor on Saturday at the Habitat for Humanity work site. I spent that day hand hauling OSB from the back of the lot... with a handup to the guys working the roof. I'm not back into shape for that effort... yet.

So, I'll switch my Friday hikes around to the hardest day of the week... then show up for project work on Saturday tired! Sunday hikes: longer but slower. Monday hikes: recuperation. Wednesday hikes: steep with a few hours of trail work (...if the forest is open).

The day did provide some entertainment: 14 deer... then two deer... then an elk... then a very large black bear. He was ambling down and around a horseshoe curve, that I was winding up and into. I already had my camera out, so it became a decision of just when to make him aware that I was standing there. If I allowed him to come around the curve we'd be face to face at 15 feet. I opted to whistle and call out while he was still across and above me... about 40 feet. He did an abrupt halt... leaned up... looked down and over... then turned tail and scooted up the hill, for about 15 yards. At that point he settled back into his slow lumber.

I thought I'd nailed a perfect picture.

I guess I spent too much time enjoying the eye to eye contact moment... I was too slow with the camera. I got what looks like a head... then the south end of the north bound bear.

It is always a tough call: focus on the photo... and likely you miss out on the rich moment of encounter. Focus on the encounter, and there will likely be no photo.

Interestingly, this encounter was very close to the place I ran into the mountain lion a few weeks ago... no photo there at all.

So... the day closed out with me going a little further than the new trail allowed... I was on the Reservation. There I encountered a herd of wild horses... colts, mares and the stallion, being all stalliony.

So... slow and go. Then, I lost $3 on the slot machines! Another guy hit an $800 jackpot on his first spin... then cashed out... tried for a second spin: hit a $4,000 jackpot! of course, he was playing $10 slots. I'm playing quarters... my speed for 2013.

Ten hours of hard manual labor today: timberframing a picnic cover... guess that will mess up tomorrow's hike? Oh, well.
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