The Gila Wilderness

Six miles.  The very first long-distance group hike I went on, was six miles long.
In southern New Mexico, in the Gila Wilderness area lies a landscape vastly different than is seen up north.

The “ghost town”.  The mountainous trails. It was this very first hike that got me hooked.

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Altogether, about twenty of us made the trek down to Chloride, and mountain pass beyond.

I had with me a mere two bottles of water, and work boots (as opposed to hiking boots).

By the end of the trip, my feet were blistered and raw.  I was thirsty, but complete.

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