Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch (GR_110)
Day 37 and 38 – 5/28/17 and 5/29/17
Miles – 13.4
Total miles – 570.3

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5/28/17 and 5/29/17
We wanted to get into town as early as possible, so we got started as soon as the sun came up.  We came to our first water source within a mile. The tank was fed from a pipe under the water so we would need to filter. We opted to get water farther along. In the next mile, we came to another tank and it’s water was coming from a pipe thus we could fill our bottles easily from it. The only problem was that we did not know where the water was coming from. Is it safe to drink? We filled 6L and hiked on. We crossed a bridge over the wide and fast moving, Rio Chama, a river that feeds into the Rio Grand. It was running over high and full of brown water. We were pleased to see it so high because that meant the snow in the high country was melting. The four Ravens, Catwater and Robbinaught, followed the river for several miles on a dirt road before turning away eastward. Despite being on a dirt road, this road was heavily traveled by vehicles. Finally we realized why, it was Memorial weekend and many were heading to the river for the extended weekend. We did lose the trail twice because we were not paying attention. The first time we assumed that the trail, a dirt road, would continue until it intersected a paved road. Actually, it cut off through a field and headed to the paved road at a different point. Then we had problems finding the trail through a old living nature museum. Finally we got ourselves straightened out and hiked over to the Ghost Ranch. This is the Ghost Ranch where Georgia O’Keefe lived and her friend Ansel Adams would come visit her. Mama Raven is excited to be here.
As we walked up, we saw Dassy and then Treeman. We had been hoping to catch up with him and here he is.
Treeman tried to hike out days ago, but about 20 miles north he fell and badly cut his leg.  He hiked to a dirt road and then got a ride to Santa Fe, where he received stitches. He then hitchhiked back to Ghost Ranch to rest.
Treeman had a dorm room that would sleep six. He offered all of us beds. Of course we took him up on it. We got our box, sorted it, got showers, and did our laundry.  We feasted on ribs, beans, corn, cole slaw, carrot cake and peach cobbler for dinner. It was a meal fit for a king!
We will be taking a zero here at Ghost Ranch.  Sadly, Catwater will be going home tomorrow to take care of some family affairs in Alaska. Her husband is picking her up tomorrow. However our “Auntie Raven” will be returning in two weeks. Actually. her planning is brilliant because this will allow a great deal of snow to melt before she hikes the San Juans. Many hikers are holding up for a week or so in Chama waiting for snow to melt. This gets expensive because of hotels and food expenses. We are not sure what we are going to do ourselves.  Nonetheless, The Ravens hope they will see their “Auntie” again.  She has brought so much fun and joy to our lives on the trail.

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3 thoughts on “Ghost Ranch

  1. Hi Ravens! I am so glad you made it to Ghost Ranch! New Mexico was much nicer than I imagined when I hiked it last year. I have not queried the snowpack reports yet, and am curious what you will find. Waiting a while in Chama for snow to melt may be a good idea. I did not leave Chama until June 3 and it made a big difference. Good luck and I will look for your posts daily!
    Roger Carpenter

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  2. So happy to see that you all are beautiful Ghost Ranch. What a magical spot. Of course I arrived there by car, not on foot, many years ago now. It looks so green and verdant. Think of us here finishing our last two weeks of school. You have a few envious cousins up the the NW. Thanks for sharing your adventure. We live vicariously. Be safe. The Sawyer Holston Branch

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    • Hi Sawyer Holston Branch
      We have loved it here at Ghost Ranch. Joon’s B’day is in a free days so she and Will got to go horse back riding yesterday. A thunderstorm that did not produce much rain passed over when they rode out, which made it extra beautiful. We do not miss the chaos of end of school year activities . . . too stressful! I wish you luck with all of it.

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