Made it to the confluence at 2:28 pm and gave our deep thanks for the journey, deep reverence for the river, deep commitment to continuing our work on her behalf. More later. Time to rest.
Awake. Borrowed a phone from our amazing support team last night. We could “see” the eclipse from this beautiful rural place by the Santa Fe River. Stunning. Rooster crowing, wind lightly moving through the trees sounds like ocean waves, cars humming on I-25 in the distance. Today 6 more miles to the confluence of river and Rio. No photos, video, sketching on Pueblo land but we have been allowed one photo of pouring our river water (taken from headsprings) into the Rio. In credible walk for our river.
Well, it’s been an interesting day. Left early, and our first visitor was a great horned owl. Then, an arduous journey through La Bajada Canyon. Magnificent but challenging, crossing the river many times, bumping into rock faces and cliffs, rerouting, lots of thorny bushes. Lost GPS tracking about 11 a.m. when Val fell into the river with her cell phone. No more contact with civilization for us; no more tracking. Every step, otherwise was magnificent. Petroglyphs. Mule deer. Dragonflies galore. Hawks. Caves. The river is beautiful in here, winding in S’s through the canyon—lushes river marshes, forests of apache plume, lots of water. Disconcerting—the enormous numbers of Tamarisk. Anyway, after 7 1/2 hours of hiking, we emerged at La Bajada. Too late to continue, so we are adding a day and will make it to the Rio Grande tomorrow, Monday, noon. It takes 5 days, we have learned. We have so much to tell but now need to rest, feel (if not see) the eclipse on Cochiti land. Our legs ache and we are scratched and a little bruised. But this is an amazing journey.
Up and unpitching our tents. Owl in the distance. Sound of hummingbird wings. Bird after bird. Last day with many hours to walk. Down through La Bajada Canyon then across high desert to Cochiti. Hope to make it by the eclipse. River running here. 39 miles behind us with twists and turns. We think 10 to go.