New Mexico: The Land Of Enchantment

Well we did it! Our final US state! I just can’t believe it – the end is in reach (sorta). New Mexico is still large (the 5th largest state) and we have 1000 kilometers to go. Nevertheless,  it’s exciting times! Here are a few pictures of our last couple weeks:

Some snow shoeing in Southern Colorado. Blah!

Some snowshoeing in Southern Colorado. Blah!

Although this cabin had a rat feces problem, it was most welcome in the snow and cols.

Although this cabin had a rat feces problem, it was most welcome in the snow and cold.

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The snow is getting high! Yikes!

I don't even remember where this is...Colorado? Yes, lets say that.

I don’t even remember where this is…Colorado? Yes, lets say that.

Breakfast at camp.

Breakfast at camp.

We had a three day highway walk. Highway walking is the worst. Going to the bathroom is difficult as cars go by every 2 minutes and it's dead flat. What little water remains is heavily infested with cow, and camping is a problem. Everything is private property and since everyone is gun crazy, a farmer could shoot you for using a small rectangle of their land for our sleeping pads. The pavement is also very painful, I even tried walking with no shoes on, but that was much MUCH worse.

We had a three day highway walk. Highway walking is the worst. Going to the bathroom is difficult as cars go by every 2 minutes and it’s dead flat. Practically no trees. What little water remains is heavily infested with cow, and camping is a problem. Everything is private property and since everyone is gun crazy, a farmer could shoot you for using a small rectangle of their land for our sleeping pads. The pavement is also very painful, I even tried walking with no shoes on, but that was much MUCH worse.

Having some roadside fun.

Having some roadside fun.

Passing a dispensary.  Marijuana is legal in Colorado. This wooden shack was in the middle of no-where. One side was a cafe, the other sold pot.

Passing a dispensary. Marijuana is legal in Colorado. This wooden shack was in the middle of no-where. One side was a cafe, the other sold pot.

Hitching from Cumbres Pass to Chama. It was in the back of this truck I realized that I haven't been warm since the beginning of September.  Brrrr!

Hitching from Cumbres Pass to Chama. It was in the back of this truck I realized that I haven’t been warm since the beginning of September. Brrrr!

The joys of meeting other long-distance hikers. We met "Kickapoo" in Winter Park, Colorado. She sent us a package a food in Chama, some dehydrated goodies with jokes (What do you call a pile of cats? A meowtain!)

The joys of meeting other long-distance hikers. We met “Kickapoo” in Winter Park, Colorado. She sent us a package of food to Chama, some dehydrated goodies with jokes (What do you call a pile of cats? A meowtain!)

Omg! Omg! New Mexico! Yay! Happy dance! Happy dance!

Omg! Omg! New Mexico! Yay! Happy dance! Happy dance!

Selfie!

Selfie!

Brazos Ridge. Our first summit in New Mexico.

Brazos Ridge. Our first summit (86th total) in New Mexico.

Canada Creek (but spanish sounding...)!

Canada Creek (but pronounced in a spanish way…)!

We ran into hunters, who gave us left over turkey from US thanksgiving! I love hunters!

We ran into hunters, who gave us left over turkey from US thanksgiving! I love hunters!

Oh solid ground - Thank goodness! Jake kissing ATV tracks.

Oh solid ground – Thank goodness! Jake is so happy he is kissing the ATV tracks.

Entering New Mexican Enchantment

Entering New Mexican Enchantment. Stunning!

There are positive aspects about being the very very dead (very dead) last people on the trail - we get the left overs. Food from mail ahead packages of people who never showed up or quit the trail. Free grub! Yay!

There are positive aspects about being the very very dead (very dead) last people on the trail – we get the left overs. Food from mail ahead packages of people who never showed up or quit the trail. Free grub! Yay!

I like New Mexico!

I like New Mexico! So much colour!

The Rio Chama. This was the first decent river we had seen since Northern Wyoming.  Oh boy!

The Rio Chama. This was the first decent river we had seen since Northern Wyoming. Oh boy!

The CDT in New Mexico.

The CDT in New Mexico. Good thing we have snowshoes,  those sage bushes look daunting!

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12 thoughts on “New Mexico: The Land Of Enchantment

  1. Jake and Liam, I don’t know if you have plans for when you get to the Mexican border. A friend of mine who knows exactly where the marker is and I will be glad to meet you there. I will be in Europe however until December 31. If you get there before then let me know and I’ll put you in touch with my friend Joel.
    Harry (El Paso, TX)

    • Hi Harry! Great to hear from you! I hope the rest of your trip to Alaska went ok! Awesome about your friend! That would be great! We are still not sure what route we will take. Either crazy cook or columbus. We will let you know! 🙂

    • that is awesome boys!! New Mexico looks beautiful! i’m sending lots of love down with David as he joins you for another stretch…wish i could be there! i love you both so much & miss you…peace on! xo

    • Hi Harry – Merry Xmas and I hope you have a splendid Xmas in Europe! We are in Silver City now – getting close! Yeehaw! We were just wondering if your still able to meet us at the border? We plan to finish at Columbus though and need to work out a way to El Paso. We plan to leave Columbus around the 3/4th of Jan. No worries if your busy or have plans. Hope all is well! 🙂

  2. Nice work guys! What an adventure so far. Don’t worry, your not missing too much back home :). Safe travels to the border.

  3. Well done lads – the last bit! New Mexico looks great. Hope Dad gets to you OK and keeps up with you on the trail!!
    Keep an eye on Grinny!!

  4. Hey Liam, followed your trip after hearing about it from David and are looking north to the mexican border from the sea of Cortez wishing you both all the joy, fulfilment, relief, congratulations, and prosperity that such an accomplishment deserves, you both should be proud! Happy New Year from Doug and Karen from Jasper currently in San Felipe Baja.

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