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It’s been about six weeks since my last post. A lot of distance has been covered in that time. Internet opportunities for post writing have been very few and far between. I did manage to figure out how to post the odd photo to facebook, but using a cellphone for blogging has proven to be too tedious for me. However, last night, the cold weather conditions in the southwest finally provoked us into moteling it for a night. We’ll be back out camping again tonight because it is too easy to start feeling like you can’t take the cold after two or three nights holed up in a warm motel room.

Anyhow, to bring everyone up to speed, I left Ontario in mid October, crossing into the northeast states and making my way across the Midwest. I will probably write a post about that part of my trip sometime soon. It was not particularly enjoyable, but noteworthy for a couple of reasons which I may get to in time. In about seven days of pretty hard driving, I reached Bisbee. Once landed, very little time was wasted unloading a few things, and repacking the van. Larry joined Sage and me for a month long journey through the southwest. More about that coming up in future posts, but Larry has also begun putting up posts on his blog.

Our trip began with a drive through Rattlesnake Gap, to camp among the Ponderosa pines at the Black Jack primitive campsite in Mule Creek Pass. The next morning, we proceeded on to Glenwood, New Mexico in the Gila National Forest. We stopped off to walk along the Catwalk National Recreation Trail. Unfortunately, only about a fifth of the trail was open due to ongoing maintenance but it was still worth the side trip to walk through the canyon with its strange pinkish-gray chiseled cliffs and towering white-skinned Sycamore trees. Along the trail, we also found massive willows with deeply cleft bark.

The trail begins with a level walk but soon leads up and down over stone steps that follow the course of the rushing creek. The stone trail then switches to a steel catwalk that zigzags as it clings to the canyon wall. At first, Sage seemed nervous about venturing onto the open grillwork as she could see straight through to the creek below, but after a brief delay, she forged onward. Too bad the walk just extended a little beyond before coming to the closed section. If I ever return to the area, I will be sure to revisit to walk the entire catwalk.

At the Glenwood Ranger Station, we got some good ideas for camping in the area. After a picnic lunch, we decided to make our way to Pueblo Park campground which is about a six mile drive along a winding single lane forest service road. As we reached the campground, we found a couple of rugged looking men readying several mules for a trip up into the surrounding mountains. They waved, probably wondering what brought us down this isolated road so late in autumn. My guess is that they were off to do some elk hunting, while we were there in search of solitude.

We set up camp and then went for a walk along a well-marked interpretive trail. However, as is so often the case with such trails, there were no brochures to describe the numbered points, so we had to make up our own explanations. The trail meanders through Ponderosa pines and back and forth across a steep-sided dry creek bed which must be quite a sight during the spring snow melts. There is a small pueblo ruin which could easily be missed. We were amused by a trail sign pointing the way to Dangerous Park Trail. Had we more time, we would have explored to see how the trail earned its moniker.

As has been the case so many times on this trip, we had the campground to ourselves and played some fiddle and mandolin before cooking dinner and retiring. After a quiet night, we made breakfast then packed up for another day of driving. The van was escorted along the forest road by an advance troupe of turkeys that seemed reluctant to give way.

I’ll post again next time I have a net connection.

Written by bev wigney on November 12th, 2012

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  1. I’m so glad to see a post here, Bev. I thought you were still making your way to Bisbee on a very LONG trip. Interesting part of the country to be exploring. Looking forward to more posts about your journeys.

    robin andrea

    12 Nov 12 at 10:35 am

  2. Nice post! Enjoyed it very much. Thank you! Keep warm!

    Ava

    12 Nov 12 at 1:27 pm

  3. It’s good to see another post, Bev. Glad you’re continuing to explore…so often, I wish I were with you all!

    John

    12 Nov 12 at 3:24 pm

  4. Sounds like a great trip. i am envious as it seems we never have the time to do what you are. At least I get to share it vicariously with you through your photos and writing.

    Rain Trueax

    12 Nov 12 at 4:13 pm

  5. Thanks, Bev, for sharing these pictures, it sounds like a good trip. Tell Larry Hello for me, love the photo of Larry and Sage

    Laura Layton

    12 Nov 12 at 6:18 pm

  6. Nice to hear from you again. As usual, I envy you your wanderings through the Southwest. It’s looking more and more like I won’t be doing much of that in the future.

    There is a similar open-mesh stairway in the mountains near Albuquerque that I could not get my dog to climb under any circumstances. I think it was Sheba, my first Doberman.

    I still think about Sabrina every once in a while.

    Mark

    15 Nov 12 at 10:58 am

  7. Hi Mark – good to hear from you. just discovered your blog so will catch up on it soon.

    bev

    16 Nov 12 at 7:45 pm

  8. Hi bev. Good to hear from you again. It’s been dark and rainy here. The last of the fall color has blown away in the wind. Always a pleasure to see the clear blue sky and landscape of the Southwest. I think that you and Larry must have inspired me to play my dulcimer and ukulele in the last few weeks. That is where most of my creative energy has been going. No painting or weaving so far but in good spirits. I’ve been following along quietly at Larry’s blog, too.

    am

    18 Nov 12 at 8:02 pm

  9. Hi am – Good to read that you have been playing music. I feel it does us good on so many levels. I enjoy the mental exercise of learning new tunes. This past year of revisiting my long neglected interest in music seems to be just what was needed. we are now in Bisbee and will be catching up on blogging and blog- reading.

    bev wigney

    22 Nov 12 at 10:01 pm

  10. Hi Bev

    You are right, time and memory are tricky beasts, and I have been trying to learn to move with them rather than trying to cage them.

    All the best.
    Guy

    Guy

    29 Nov 12 at 9:40 pm

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