A protected flat area (24_073 0)
Day 32 – 5/23/17
Miles – 22.7
Total miles – 497.1
We know it will not be a good day when Mama Ravens feet hurt before we get out of the tent. We did 22 miles but she was not happy about it. We have 19 miles to go to get into Cuba and then we will take a day off.
Today we had many small ups and downs. We would work our way up into the top of a mesa then contour around it and down the backside, only to do it again with each mesa we would get higher and higher. The countryside is mostly desert with very few large plants. The land is filled with unique volcanic bluffs and rock formations. Although, by the end of the day we climbed high enough to have Pine and juniper show up.
At one break, Mama Raven had a bit of a problem with a cactus. At some point she had stepped on a Cholla and many of its thorns where at the bottom of her shoe. When she sat down, Indian style, the cactus stickers embedded themselves into the back of her upper thigh. We had to spend 5 minutes pulling thorns out of her shorts and leg.
Around lunchtime, we came to a much needed water cache that a local family puts out for hikers. There were also lollipops that Bling and Joon enjoyed. Literally, we were out of water so thank you so much for the water source. Best of all, it was stashed in a very shady location so the water was still cold. This makes it a real treat. We took a long break there. We signed the trail registry the family had left in a cooler. They requested addresses to blogs that were family friendly. Thus we left ours. They have four kids under the age ten and they are home schooled. They like to read the blogs of hikers they have helped especially ones from foreign countries for their home studies.