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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2009, 10:50:43 AM »
chisos_muse

your signature =  :eusa_eh: :rolling:

That's a classic John Cusack quote from "High Fidelity".... :icon_cool:

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2009, 10:59:31 AM »
chisos_muse

your signature =  :eusa_eh: :rolling:

That's a classic John Cusack quote from "High Fidelity".... :icon_cool:

 :icon_lol: It makes for a good sig

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2009, 12:55:12 PM »
OY!!! Long reports = Word-copy & paste!  :icon_cry:

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2009, 02:24:26 PM »
Great report so far. Keep it comin'.

Cripes!  I had just finished typing the remainder of my report and i got crashed.  That was a load of work!  all gone. :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh:

I lost about an hour of photo editing work last night when Photoshop decided to take a dump and crash on me. I'd forgotten my usual mantra: "safe often, safe often, safe often....".

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2009, 02:29:39 PM »
One word TJ: Mac  :icon_lol:

once you go Mac, you'll never go back... for photo editing anyway  :icon_lol:

Great report so far. Keep it comin'.

Cripes!  I had just finished typing the remainder of my report and i got crashed.  That was a load of work!  all gone. :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh:

I lost about an hour of photo editing work last night when Photoshop decided to take a dump and crash on me. I'd forgotten my usual mantra: "safe often, safe often, safe often....".

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #20 on: September 24, 2009, 04:01:34 PM »
Dormilon...(sleepy). You were telling us about your trip to the Pecos.

 pssstt!!...thanks folks for the help and good wishing...on with the show....
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2009, 07:11:56 PM »
Don't make haste, copy and paste

Day 4 we started with breakfast on the hidden lake of Truchas Lakes.  The light was crisp and no clouds yet.   Our plan was to hike the Santa Barbara Divide to the headwaters of the Pecos River.  Most of the route is about tree line and affords forever views.  We were able to look back and see most of our hike so far (about 18 miles to this point).  We also could see north toward the High Road to Taos, east to the undulating valleys toward Mora and south to the whole of the wilderness proper.  As we made our way past North Truchas, we were out of cover.  Most of the walking was level, a welcome relief.  My only concern was the clouds gathering at what I reckoned was our junction to the Pecos.  Look up, back, to the sides it was all blue sky.  Ahead dark clouds.  As we got closer, lightning flashed and thunder followed closely.  We had to pick up the pace to get into tree cover and lose some altitude.  That was too bad, because this stretch was made for ambling and taking it all in.  We came to the river trail junction just as hail started. We dropped down a couple hundred feet to a juniper patch and made lunch.  Tortilla soup from http://www.packitgourmet.com/ was most tasty.  Perfect hot meal for a nap under the trees.  We fell asleep to thunder and woke up to sunshine.
looking back to Pecos Baldy and Trailriders wall from Santa Barbara Divide

Looking north from a narrow ridge to an unnamed lake on SB Divide

PPP is the goddess of the Pecos (Pecos Pretty Princess)

After lunch we decided to see how far we could get.  This part of the trail is off limits to camping, so we decided to push on to Pecos Falls.  After being high all day we were now in misty forest.  Lots of aspen.  A pleasant and soft walk.  At some points the trail gets confusing.  So much so, that if you were coming from the opposite direction, I don't see how you could make some trail connections.  Lots of retracing and map consultation.  Late in the day we came to a creek not shown on the map.  We scouted the area and found a faint trail leading to a small clearing.  Near the clearing was the well cleaned thoracic section of an herbivore.  A couple of femurs were tossed casually nearby.  Another trail led away, and I followed it to a skull looking rock placed directly on the path.  I was beginning to get a Blair Witch vibe when I found a canvas tarp half buried in forest detritus.  We decided at that point the ground wasn't flat enough and the clearing was too small.  Later did I realize we had stumbled upon a Chupacabra nest.
aspen no doubt

So we ambled down stream for another couple of miles in fading light to the junction trail of Pecos Falls.  We set up camp nearby, planning on a falls breakfast.  We named our spot Cowshit Camp for the numerous water holding patties that dotted the place.  This was our biggest complaint about the whole experience: bovines.  We dodged cows, bulls and chips for much of the valley hike.  This is just me, but wilderness does not conjure up cattle.  They mostly got out of our way when we whistled or yelled.  But still...  We decided to stay because it wasn't haunted, it was close to the falls and it had a fire ring.  And so we burned one.  Big ol' fire right there.  Note to multi-purpose aficionados:  Purell makes a fine fire starter.

Next morning we had breakfast at the falls.  The water was late summer lazy, but noisy nonetheless.  We wanted to linger, but we had decided to push on back to our trailhead a day early.  We figured this to be 12 miles.  That was a bad calculation because it turned out to be 15 miles.  It also began  to thunder early and then rain non-stop through most of the day.  I didn't mind, I was enjoying the melancholy valley views and dodging lightning.  But, with about 1000 ft elevation gain, 600 ft loss and the extra three miles, the last part a bit rough.  To see the trailhead/camp area just below and then switchback half a mile away and back a few times tests your resolve.
pecos falls

me as happy old man in the rain

Pecos Valley clouds

We made it to the truck around 9 p.m. and headed to civilization.  Stopped in Pecos for gas.  I had to tell a homeless couple that no, I couldn't load their possessions up and go back up the road to find them a camp and good luck to them.  No rooms in Pecos or Glorietta, so we pushed on to Santa Fe.  We were lucky that El Rey Motel had a room.  Very lucky.  El Rey had clean rooms, a swimming pool, two hot tubs, sauna, continental breakfast, wifi, apple trees for only $80.  Because we missed dinner, I backtracked to a Sonic for a green chile cheeseburger.  DO NOT DO NOT eat a Santa Fe Sonic green chile cheeseburger at 11 p.m.  I was laid up all next day and had to miss hooking up with Ay Chi and his wife (who were on their own southwest desert/mountain ramble). 

When I did recover, we made it into town where Santa Fe was celebrating 400 years of Conquest.  I don't know if it was that, or all the turquoise, Kachina dolls or the lingering effects of Sonic, but we decided it wasn't for us.  We went up toward the ski basin and took a small hike, loaded up our car and headed to Taos.  If we would have saved any money we would have stopped at the OHKAY casino and caught either Engelbert Humperdink or .38 Special.  Both were on the bill.  Maybe gotten a craps game in.

Taos held our friends at http://laposadadetaos.com/ and we made fire and drank until late.  Brilliant conversation with some Masons and talk of ghosts and the coming snowfall.  Breakfast the next morning was house made granola, juices, fresh fruits, fried eggs on diced veggies and crispy tortilla topped with fresh green chiles.  Hell, there may have been a blue corn waffle in there somewhere.  We sadly left, picked up some chiles of our own in Mora and drove through amazing sky for two days. 
beloved West Texas Sunset

Good times my friends, good times.
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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2009, 07:37:50 PM »
Excellent P&P (prose and pictures)

Thanks for the tour

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2009, 07:46:02 PM »
Very nice.
John & Tess

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2009, 08:27:12 PM »
Good times,indeed sleepy. Worth bringing PPP with you,I hope my MPP does come along with me too. :crossedfingers:

Saludos
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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2009, 09:10:25 PM »
Whoa....Engelbert was there and you missed him?  :eusa_naughty:

A enjoyable report with lovely photos, as always....  :eusa_clap:

I try and stay away from Sonic anywhere, but I understand the craving. I'm very glad that you and PPP did all that fun stuff. The afternoon rainy naps sound especially delightful!  :icon_biggrin: I like naps....

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2009, 10:56:32 PM »
You were lucky you only got one really rainy day.  Some friends and I backpacked up to Pecos Baldy Lake last year in July.  The Pecos Wilderness wasn't having a rain shortage while we were there.  In 4 days I never got a decent sunrise or sunset with actual sun.  One day the remnants of Tropical Storm Dolly rolled through, raining for 14 hours straight.  The temp never got above 48 degrees that day.  I don't care what kind of tent you have, everything gets a wee bit damp in that kind of weather.  Trailriders Wall is spectacular.  Now if only it hadn't been cloudy and rainy so I could have gotten some really spectacular photos of it.  One day two of us did manage to hustle (well, as much at two lowlanders can hustle at 12,000 feet) up to the summit of Pecos Baldy between storms.  We definitely hustled back down.  Lightning-fueled adrenaline makes up for lack of oxygen.

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #27 on: October 11, 2009, 02:42:53 PM »
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Lightning-fueled adrenaline makes up for lack of oxygen.

I couldn't agree more. Your statement reminds me of my treks on the Continental Divide Trail through the Weminuche.

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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2009, 06:08:18 PM »
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Lightning-fueled adrenaline makes up for lack of oxygen.

I couldn't agree more. Your statement reminds me of my treks on the Continental Divide Trail through the Weminuche.

One of the two times I've been closest to lightning strikes was in the Weminuche area! We were down lower on a trail as the strikes were hitting the ridge a few hundred feet above and away from us. Good thing I had a change of clothes available!  :icon_eek:
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Re: sleepy pecos late
« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2009, 09:54:55 PM »
Good thing I had a change of clothes available!  :icon_eek:
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