My outlook on life is a belief in grace and abundance tinged by some bad luck that tests our character.
The final twenty miles included climbing up on several mesas made of different types of rock and all with amazing views including the last night’s sunset show.
This is one of the most interesting and varied sections with whimsical hoodoos, massive dry washes, views for miles from ridges and two good water sources.
The trail winds through pinyon before a steep decent to desert, dotted with enormous volcanic vents and mesas.
The trail continues on dusty road through wheatgrass and pinyon ending at a stunning canyon, golden in Autumn colors with a piped spring.
After Mount Taylor, there’s a 24-mile dry stretch. I watch the eclipse from a mountain with an Hispanic rancher.
The start of the trail from desert is steep, but then levels off into ponderosa pine and aspen before beginning the ascent of 11,000-foot Mount Taylor.
Before hiking a CDT section, I visit Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta, Old Town, and to see old friends.
The Wildcats are considered some of the hardest hiking in New Hampshire with sketchy rock climbs.
The short section that straddles Maine and New Hampshire is considered one of the hardest with bouldering and dangerously steep descents.