I MADE IT TO COLORADO: a retrospective update from the CDT
Hey guys! You may remember me from the ghosts of spring bloggers past. Last time you heard from me, I was walking through the Land of Enchantment, better known as New Mexico. NO, I did not get totally lost in the CDT corridor, and NO I did not quit, and yes ( ::SPOILER ALERT:: ) a couple months later, I made it to Canada. Over the next couple weeks I will be sharing some of my experiences and photos with you!
Finishing New Mexico: Bring on the Mountains… and SNOW
Although it was only about 300 miles into my trek, when I made it to Pie Town, NM, I mentally knew I was going to make it. A friend told me that those who continue to walk after Pie Town are the ones to watch and follow up to Canada. It had been a physically difficult section that left my body stronger and much more calloused–preparing me for the adventures up ahead.
Leaving Pie Town, I made my way up and over the first of MANY mountains (so many I lost count): Mt. Taylor. At 11,301 ft, it is the highest I had been thus far on trail. I’ll admit that I felt invigorated to be on an actual mountain. Little did I know what was up ahead. I soon walked beyond the delightful group of hikertrash I had been with since Crazy Cook, and I was greeted with the first of what would become an overwhelming amount of snow and post-holing. I made my way over the border into Colorado alone–finishing the first of 5 states the CDT goes through. Here are some pictures to prove it:
Please stay tuned for more adventures, as I make my way through what would be one of the most challenging sections of my whole hike: Colorado and the San Juan Mountains.
You can also check out my Instagram account if you want a taste of what I’ll be sharing, as well as my current adventures back home in Utah. Follow me, @kaytebrown!
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