Thursday, October 17, 2013
Day 123 - Greetings from Mars
And less then a mile later, amid the harsh dry landscape, a reassuring sign of life--a herd of five wild horses: white, strawberry roan, grey and white paint, bay with black points, bay with a white blaze and stockings. All different coats, yet in one family unit. When I approached, the horses didn't startle, but drew near each other, their tails towards the center, and their heads spread out in a fan formation, watchfully monitoring my progress past their territory. We passed, quickly for us, too slowly for the horses, and the horses went back to grazing.
Signs of decay and vigor so close together, a reminder of how quickly life cycles through the desert environment.
Beautiful walking today, up and down mesas, winding through still alien rock formations.
Water far apart in this section, ~15-17mi between good sources. Long day today, but continuing to crawl towards Grants.
Mileage: ~26mi from near Deadman Peaks to near Seco Tank