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El Chupacabra

Date: 6/01/2016
Day: 26
Distance: 23 miles
start: 10:00 am
stop: 7:30 pm
Elevation: 8300 ft
Others Here: Cloudbuster
Camp: Santa Fe National Forest, Cecelia stream; tenting

It is always hard to extract oneself from the vortex of town.  We managed to pull ourselves away by 10 am.

I would be less than honest if I didn’t admit that the last couple weeks have been difficult.  What with the heat, lack of water, and finally the great bacon grease incident of 2016, it has been a bit of a struggle.  However, today walking out of Cuba I was feeling thankful again.  It is such a privilege to have this opportunity to experience the continental divide trail and this great creation in such an intimate way.

We crossed the San Pedro Parks Wilderness.  It was a wonderful and refreshing break from the dry high desert.  We experienced our first alpine meadow and the change was not lost on me.  Even though it was more of a bog from snowmelt, than a meadow it was wonderful.  We also saw an unidentified animal across one of the meadows.  On first glance it appeared to be a deer, but when it ran into the trees it did not run like a deer.  It actually ran more like a cat than anything.   Could it have been a mountain lion that was sort of stretching its neck to get a good look at us?  I guess I’ll never know.  So since there is no way to know for certain, I’m calling in a sighting of a chupacabra.

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