Monday, September 04, 2006

Labor Day: USA. 4 Sept., 2006

News:1. Today is Crystal Lily's 6th Birthday. (my granddaughter)


2. D. has been suffering with a severe bursitis of the hip since Thur.. We went to E.R. yesterday for xrays and drugs. She is staying at home for awhile. It's difficult for her to get around.

3. Heiss' came for brunch yesterday at camp, Yours truly cooked and it was very satisfactory, thank you very much!

A correction: Those of you who are following the trek in the mountains of New Mexico. ( Sangre de Cristo Mountains ) On the 25 Aug. post, I talked about Miranda Camp. The name of that camp infact is Cimarroncito Camp. I've gone back and edited in the correction. Today we will go to Miranda.

Today we leave "Upper Dean Cow Camp" and backtrack to "Head of Dean" camp ( these names are derived from where these camps are located in Dean Canyon.) At Head of Dean we refill our water containers (Nalgenes) with fresh potable water, slather on our sun screen, and check out the humming bird oaisis'.

We will climb from Head of Dean at 8000 ft. elevation to Miranda at 8800 ft elevation. On paper it looks easy. On foot it seems much more arduous. The hike from here will take us 4 hours.

Approaching the lodge at Miranda camp we pass a large stand of beautiful aspen trees, imagining how magnificent they will look in oct. with their color change.

The Afternoon at Miranda camp was spent in Setting up camp (repetitive don't ya think?), Shooting black powder rifles, attending talks explaining mountainman rendez-vous activities for days of yore,

Playing "mountain ball in the front "yard", and having our first real coffee on the trek.

Next: The peak: Baldy Mountain at 12,441 ft.


Blogger Elisabeth said...

Crystal Lily shares her birthday with me! So, happy birthday, kid, hope you get lots of good gifts!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Rowan said...

Happy Birthday Crystal Lily! Have a wonderful day. Hope D is feeling better, not much fun being in pain and unable to get around. I'm trying to find sufficient energy and enthusiasm to complete the magnum opus, so Per Ardua Ad Astra. Whose silly idea was it to write about this stuff anyway?!

3:13 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

Crystal Lily is a beautiful young lady! Happy Birthday to her!

7:58 AM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Hope your lovely granddaughter had a wonderful day and a great year ahead! As for the Sangre de Christo mountains, that must have been such an amazing trek. I lived in Santa Fe for a year and every time I went hiking in the mountains, I was struck by their beauty (and the thin air). My husband and I got married in Santa Fe. The afternoon before our wedding we went for a walk near the Santa Fe Ski Basin - big mistake, as we hadn't been in town long enough to adjust to the altitude and both got altitude sickness - and the next day they closed the area, due to fire hazards. But we were fine on the day and my husband and a longtime family friend climbed narrow ladders to the Indian ruins at Mt. Pecos on the morning of our wedding.

8:38 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Crystal!! What a sweetheart she is and I can imagine how much joy she brings in your life:-) I really can't wait to become a grandma!! I hope that D. is feeling better...bursitis can be so very painful! Loved your next installment about your all must have been so exhausted after one of those climbs! Having to set up camp after climbing for hours would have been too much for me...just leave me lying on the grass under a tree! lol

7:05 PM  
Blogger Grish said...

Happy B-Day! She looks like a handfull. I wouldn't be worth a dime after your trip but I enjoy watching you do it.:P

3:33 AM  

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