Today’s hike (about 11.5 miles) was a loop that took us through canyons, Little Bear and Middle Fork of the Gila, near the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center, with only a single ridge to traverse. The main valley near the VC is open, framed on the sides by low rock faces (low if you don’t have to climb them, that is). Some of the flats have various grasses, all a lovely golden, which hides the fact that they’re treacherous this time of the year, inserting their aggressive ,wee, pointy seeds into any passing sock. Coming down the Middle Fork we figure we crossed the river at least thirty times, so I wore my Keen sandals, sockless, thereby thwarting nature’s seed distribution system.
Wednesday, 1 November 2006