Road to first camp site

After running errands in the early afternoon, I took off about 3:30 heading out only a few miles. The path and location have a BLM road that is very sandy with a pretty steep up hill climb from the first mile to the campsite. Once I got there I was able to set up camp fairly quickly considering that this was the first time out overnight with this backpack. 

I chose this spot after hiking by it several times because it seemed like an easy place to set up  If any trouble cropped up on my first trip I wasn't far from home. The very loose and sandy road gave a a pretty good work out even though it was a short distance. Once set up I settled in, gathering some wood and making a fire. It occurred to me at this moment that I'd never tent camped overnight in the desert. 

I had the flu!!!!** Update ** I started this a few weeks ago just as the flu set in and really kicked my butt. I've updated recently with a few details, but the overall plan remains the same. Kris and I have been using this as a schedule for food, pick ups, camping and etc and will modify it as things change. 

I'm starting to get the beginnings of a plan pulled together. For the last few weeks it has been nagging at me that I haven't sat down and begun to layout some type of itinerary for this journey. In my research there have been 2 schools of thought on this. 1) Don't plan that much but live and enjoy the moment. 2) Plan or die, I'm a firm believer that 2 is the way to go here. Plans can be adapted and changed, but you got to start somewhere. Additionally I'm on a pretty tight budget and I want to make sure I can not only make it, but get back. 

Continental Divide National Scenic TrailSo in case you missed it, I've decided to hike the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail from The New Mexico / Mexico border to Glacier National Park on the Canadian / US border.

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