19.2 miles hiked
563.2 total miles
In the morning we slog away from Ghost Ranch. The sun is shining, the ground wet from yesterday’s rain. We follow a creek in a narrow canyon. After a couple miles, as per the beta, we exit at a blue painted coffee tin. Then we go fup (fucking up), ascending red rock canyons until we have a view of Ghost Ranch over a thousand feet below. Soon, the desert is gone. Bye bye, New Mexico. By the end of the day, we are walking through pine, aspen, and huge meadows, with expansive views on either side. I get some cell service, and people on the interwebz are freaking out about the snow in the San Juan Mountains. They are snowmongering, like fearmongering. No matter, we’ll just have to see the snowpack for ourselves. Colorado here we come.