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Sunday, July 29th, 2012

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3:50p
The Children of Jedediah Smith Ride Again, part I
The Children of Jedediah Smith is our in-house title for the United Methodist Trek at Philmont sponsored by NAUMS every other year. Jedediah Smith, the iconic Mountain Man, was a faithful Methodist. We are following in his footsteps. We especially remember how we wrote his brother from the Rocky Mountains one Christmas in the early 1800s, expressing his deep desire for "a Society" (meaning, their Methodist class meeting back home) "to bear [him] up before a throne of grace." Trail life is like a little cloistered society, an on-going class meeting where we help each other find and follow the way of Christ.Collapse )
3:57p
The Children of Jedediah Smith Ride Again, part II
We got up very early in Cimarron Canyon and headed for Philmont. Camping HQ is a large tent city with the Tooth of Time looming in the background. Collapse )
3:59p
The Children of Jedediah Smith Ride Again, part III
With the second morning on the trail, routines begin to assert themselves. I was up at 5:00, and shortly had coffee made. Philmont gives you the opportunity to snag some coffee bags before you leave base camp, but they make really nasty coffee. I brought a 2-quart French press and a pound of ground coffee, and we had the only Real Stuff in the backcountry (other than what you get at Advisors Coffees in the evening at staffed camps). Collapse )
4:03p
The Children of Jedediah Smith Ride Again, part IV
At Urraca Mesa, I discovered that my boots were beginning to fall apart. Not having any Shoe Goo on me, I duct-taped my boot over the place where the stitching was failing and prepared to carry on.Collapse )
4:05p
The Children of Jedediah Smith Ride Again, part VI
Upon leaving Clarks Fork, we had a long day of fairly easy hiking ahead of us. Our only time constraint was getting to Ute Gulch commissary before 5:00. The commissary would supply us with food at any time, but we needed first aid supplies and some other things, for which the trading post was essential. Since the camp we were going to was a dry camp, we also planned to cook our supper at Ute Gulch and then top off on water before heading on to Devils Wash Basin.Collapse )
4:08p
The Children of Jedediah Smith Ride Again, part VII
On our layover day, we had several things to do. First, we were to hike to the summit of Baldy Mountain, at 12,441' the highest at Philmont. With Cheyanne's continuing blister problems, we decided we would leave her at Baldy Town to rest and recuperate; Pat would stay with her. Collapse )
4:11p
The Children of Jedediah Smith Ride Again, part VIII
With Baldy out of they way, the heavy lifting for this trek was done. The rest of the way was, to a large degree, literally all downhill. There was the matter of visiting French Henry and doing blacksmithing, though. We put the question to the crew: hike eight miles by way of French Henry, plus 2-3 hours of program there, or hike five miles down the South Ponil to Flume Canyon, stopping by Pueblano for program? The easier day won in a walk, as they say.Collapse )

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