Archive for November, 2009


trip report! part one: the overview

November 30, 2009

Today is the first day back from fall break here. [Aside: I have serious issues with our “fall break.”  First of all, every university with a good heart gives its students a fall break in October, right around midterms, when they’re starting to go crazy.  Does my current university have a good heart?  No, they are cold-hearted bastards and they wish us to suffer straight through from August to late November without reprieve.  Second of all, even though we have technically yet to reach the winter solstice, there has been snow on the ground here now for a solid two weeks, and we have already had more than three feet total in accumulations (not all of that is still here, thankfully).  Is this fall?  No, it is not.  Grrrr.]

On this particular fall break, the partner, miscreant mutt, and I embarked upon an epic journey to the far reaches of New Mexico, hoping to go backpacking for a week without having to trudge through the snow.  Hence we avoided going anywhere in Colorado.  We are not well-versed in the art of snow travel, nor are we well-equipped for it.  Cold, yes; snow, no.  Anyhow, by going to southwestern New Mex, we hoped to outrun the snow and some of the cold as well.  We only succeeded on the first count.

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