Over the River and Through the Woods


Recommended: backpacking.  Not recommended: camping in below-freezing weather.  This past weekend, my friend Jess and I went on a backpacking and camping trip with the Outdoors Club.  We drove several hours from Phoenix to the Gila National Forest, in southern New Mexico.  We camped in 22 degree Fahrenheit weather once we reached the trailhead, then got up early to start the hike to our campsite by the Jordan Hot Springs in the Gila Wilderness.  The hike was about 7 miles each way, with over 15 river crossings (the water was really, really cold).  Once reaching the campsite, we set up our tents and went to soak in the springs.  The water in the springs was only about 94 degrees Fahrenheit, but it felt really great in the cool weather.  The next morning, we packed up and hiked back out of the wilderness.  Once we reached the cars again, we drove to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, which was inhabited by the Mogollon people hundreds of years ago.  The dwellings were erected in massive caves atop a cliff, and hidden from anyone wandering lower in the canyon or in the forest.  Although it was a physically challenging adventure to carry 26 pounds on my back for 14 miles while gaining elevation, the experience was a good one!

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4 thoughts on “Over the River and Through the Woods

  1. Haley…What a unique title!!!! How beautiful these pictures are. You are certainly involved with such wonderful activities!! Even though you are in Arizona, you are experiencing the COLD weather!!! No thank you to camping in 22 degree weather!!!! Anxious for you to complete the title…To Grandmother’s house we go!!!!! Can’t wait to see you!! Love and miss you…XOXO

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  2. Such beautiful pictures of your adventures! So glad you are taking part in all the great things college has to offer. Enjoy!! Love and miss you!!!

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