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Brief update. Love to all. #cdt #cdt2017 #continentaldividetrail #elmalpais

Yesterday we hiked on black lava rock, today on white sands. #elmalpais #whitesandsnationalmonument #newmexico #hiking #optoutside

Exploring old lava fields at El Malpais today. #elmalpais #nationalpark #lavafield #liquidhotmagma

Had a very active day here in New Mexico ❤️☀️ #skycity #elmalpais

Camping in the desert tonight, around 400 miles in. Grants tomorrow.
#cdt #cdt17 #continentaldividetrail #embracethebrutality #ElMalpais

La Ventana Natural Arch, camped up on the rim opposite of this incredible place. It feels like only in New Mexico you can have these places all to yourself #elmalpais #getoutstayout #nevergonnamakeit #newmexico

La Ventana a otro mundo #ElMalpais

Driving through the Narrows today in New Mexico! We drove past them on Saturday the first time, so on Sunday afternoon as we drove by them again Ziva waves and says "bye rocks...bye rocks... bye rocks!" #laventannaarch #elmalpais #newmexico #travel #family #ministry #enjoythelittlethings #enjoyingthejourney

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A gr8 day in the field featuring basalt, lots of lichen, and some snow! ☃❄️

CDT day 17 • May 21st • mile 469.2 to 496.6 • 27.4 distance (this post contains multiple photos): I got going at 9AM this morning. The route continued along NM-117 for seven miles, and then, after 65 miles of road walking, the CDT got back on to a trail! It followed posts and then entered a lava field, clambering up and around old lava flows. An interesting change of pace, though the rocks are very sharp and don't make for easy walking, so I was glad this didn't last too long.
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After a while the trail went back on to the open treeless plain. At 11 miles in to the day I stopped for lunch. There was no shade to be found so my umbrella came in handy, despite a capricious breeze that made it a bit of a handful to keep in place.
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I stopped for water at a cattle tank fed by a windmill. You see a lot of these windmills around, though in many cases the pumps have been converted to be powered by solar panels, this one was still mechanically driven by the windmill. I like the simplicity of this system, just a direct linkage from the output shaft of the windmill down to a pump, a pipe to a storage tank and a float valve in a trough that maintains a good water level for the cattle (or hikers 🙂)
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The trail finally entered a hilly, forested area. It was well marked with cairns and CDT logos, though it's clear that it doesn't get much use. I stopped for the night at 8:30PM, cowboy camping near another cattle tank water source.
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#cdt #continentaldividetrail #cdt2017 #cdt17 #newmexico #thruhike #thruhiking #hiking #backpacking #elmalpais

Driving through the Narrows today in New Mexico! We drove past them on Saturday the first time, so on Sunday afternoon as we drove by them again Ziva waves and says "bye rocks...bye rocks... bye rocks!" #laventannaarch #elmalpais #newmexico #travel #family #ministry #enjoythelittlethings #enjoyingthejourney

Brief update. Love to all. #cdt #cdt2017 #continentaldividetrail #elmalpais

The afternoon after snow.
I can always count on the desert to bring warm sun, even shortly after big storms.

#desert #clouds #cloud #elmalpais #hiking #optoutside #newmexico #neverstopexploring #cloudwatcher #cloudwatching

I love these two little adventurers more than life! ❤️ Our crazy adventures are the greatest days of my life! 😘 #myfamily #myfavorites #mypeople #newmexico #elmalpaisnationalmonument #elmalpais

How can something so pretty survive in such dry, desert conditions ☺️ #newmexicobeauty #elmalpaisnationalmonument #elmalpais #newmexico

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