The last two days have been surreal. We left Deming late in the afternoon and hiked just far enough to get past civilization. We hiked around the Florida Mountains. Passing thunderstorms gave us a great rainbow and sunset.
On our last full day, we finished hiking around the Florida Mountains and headed for a series of peaks called Tres Hermanas. We ended the day early by cowboy camping just past them and looking at the lights from the Mexican town of Palomas. The cowboy camping turned out to be a poor choice as a heavy dew fell and then froze on our sleeping bags. Down doesn’t keep you too warm when wet.
Today we woke up and hustled in to Columbus, NM for breakfast and coffee. We then made the easy three mile walk to the border and the official end of the trail. It was odd realizing that this trip was finally over and that I was now a triple crowner. It only took me nine and a half years to complete it. We had quite the celebration and took many photos.
After stashing our packs, we crossed into Palomas which turned out to be the most Americanized Mexican town I have ever seen. Seriously, a border town where they only sell burritos on the street and no tacos? We had a celebratory lunch and then headed back to the states. We are back in Deming staying with trail angels and awaiting my trip home tomorrow.
What a hike.