WE ARE GOING TO HIKE THE CDT!!
Sorry for the delayed announcement. After making the final decision to hike the trail, our priority has been focused on preparing for the trip. Since we have such a short time to get ready for the CDT, there has been very little time to do anything. Homeschooling Bling and Little Crow takes a large chunk of time. Having Papa Raven unemployed has been a blessing because Mama Raven could not do it all on her own.
On 4/21 we will start hiking north on the CDT. Our current plan is to thru-hike the whole trail in 5 1/2 months. Our starting date is later than we would like, but if we start too early, we will have too much snow in the San Juan Mountains. Another factor that effected our starting date, was that the shuttle to Crazy Cooks Monument will only take 10 hikers a day and it runs only on specific days of the week. By the time we signed up for the shuttle, earlier days were already taken. Most thru-hikers starting at Crazy Cooks Monument take the shuttle because the drive out to the monument is 3 hours long on a very poor maintained 4×4 road. Most vehicles can not make it. The shuttle service also provides on route water for hikers the first five days of the trail. This is very useful because there is very little water in southern New Mexico. We will attempt to keep updates during our preparations for our hike, however due to our busy schedule, there might not be many.