[Cdt-l] Cdt-l Digest, Vol 7, Issue 10

Linda and Gene mountainbliss at alltel.net
Sun Apr 13 21:13:16 CDT 2008

Oh, how I envy you both.  It must be so rewarding to be at and see things 
where you have described.
 I have now seen the sights along the AT, the PCT and all but from Winter 
Park, CO to Grants, NM.  My most favorable were sobo from Big Sandy Lodge, 
at the end of the Wind River Range.  I am looking forward this summer to the 
CDT I had to flip around.  I arrived at Winter Park last year on the 2nd of 
Oct.  No explanation needed why I had to skip.  As a previous thru hiker, I 
was really depressed not to be able to thru-hike the CDT.  I gave it my best 
shot, but like Bald Eagle explained to me last year a little North of 
Benchmark, MT, 'the only thing that will keep me from being able to 
thru-hike the CDT, is written on my birth certificate (born 1943)."
  Since you two have thru-hiked the CDT several times, what trail journals 
do you have or know of that I could read to get an idea on what I can expect 
along the CDT from Winter Park to Grants via the San Juans during a summer 
You may remember, my wife Linda and I spoke with both of you after your CDT 
presentation at the Nantahala-RUCK last Spring.
  My son lives in Tucson, AZ, and we have hiked a few trails around that 
area.  When he can find the time, our plans are to hike the Arizona Trail 
together.  How would you rate that trail?
Jim, I hope your ribs are back to normal by now, so you can get on with 
backpacking again.

Best of hiking to you both,
Gene Butcher - "Flat Feet"
PS.  It doesn't sound like you two are in any hurry to get back to Maryland 
any time soon.

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> From: Jim and/or Ginny Owen <spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com>
> Subject: [Cdt-l] What does a hiker do ...
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> while waiting for broken ribs to heal?
> For one thing, he doesn't do any backpacking.  But ..... that hasn't 
> stopped us from wandering through
> Arizona, Utah and southern Nevada searching for rock art sites (and 
> finding them!)
> We've wandered in a large circle to some of the lesser known Indian ruins, 
> petroglyph and pictograph sites -
> places with names like Tuzigoot, Tonto, Casa Malpais, Besh Bah Gowah, V 
> Bar V, Lyman Lake, Chloride,
> Grapevine Canyon, Valley of Fire, Little Black Mountain, Santa Clara, 
> Nampaweap and Snake Gulch.  And a
> couple that we won't name or give directions for.
> We also played tourist in Zion, Red Canyon, Pipe Spring and Toroweap. 
> We've seen some really exciting
> and interesting rock art.  There is a lot of beautiful country along the 
> Arizona Strip and we've enjoyed camping
> surrounded by the multicolored cliffs.  We've even had a few really good 
> wildlife sightings, including a herd of
> desert bighorns in Red Rock Canyon and four condors circling the bridge at 
> Marble Canyon.
> What next?  I think we're heading to Cedar Mesa in southern Utah.  There 
> are a lot of canyons to explore there
> that are full of Anasazi ruins.  It's the type of country that is fun to 
> get lost in, so we'll give it our best shot.
> Jim's ribs are getting better, but they still aren't healed.  He can hike, 
> and carry a light pack, but still feels it
> every time he rolls over in bed and at the end of a long day.  He'll be 
> glad to be able to put the pack on again -
> soon.
> The answer to the original question is simple -  If you can't do what you 
> intended to do, then you have fun some
> other way.  And we have.
> Walk softly,
> Jim & Ginny
> http://www.spiriteaglehome.com/
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