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Day 139- Ranger Station

Day 139- Ranger Station

Hello all,

The morning was cold, but Kira offered up her belly as a source of warmth. With my hands warmed up I was able to get the tent in the bag and the bag in Ja Rule. He was a lot easier to get off the rock that we had slept on top of then he was to get on top the rock.

Straight away we came upon a traveling Indian man who said (in broken english) that he had walked from Fenced Lake. That is a three day walk and he had very little on him (a sleeping bag and a tarp). He smiled and we parted ways.

Tortilla packages littered the road to the ranger station. It took us few hours, but we made it in time to for lunch. The ranger station offered a museum like setting and post cards, as well as a curb to cook lunch on outside. We made bean burritos and drank the sodas that had been given to us the day before.

Malpais Conservation Area was great. The desert was pretty and the rocks were tall. Walking toward a really tall rock and toward a road dubbed The Narrows we stopped to snack. A ranger stopped to talk and recomend a place to camp. He said it was three miles to the largest natural arch in NM and that three miles after that there was an abandoned campground.

Onward Ho, we came to the arch. It was grand, but we only had an hour before nightfall and needed it to make the three miles to the campground. A couple of pics and we were off again.

Three miles through The Narrows (which weren't really narrow) and no campground to be seen. We pushed on and just as night came (four and half miles after the arch) we came to a real nice camp ground.

Tables and grills, we picked a spot that had a pile of wood. Fire in the grill, we warmed our backs as the cold set in.

The tent went up and we pulled out Kira's sleeping pad to attempt to patch it again. The fire helped warm the patch and seemed to help the glue take hold. Snacks and a huge mess of gear upon the table, before finally crawling in the tent for some sleep.

To Malpais,