Section 8: Fort Hancock to Presidio
We survived the night! We are counting that as a victory out here. Today we just needed to make it to Indian Hot Springs only a short distance away. We had spoken to the caretaker, Terri, and she offered to let us stay there for the night. It had dogs, and water, and hot springs and a door that could lock at night - all things that we love! In the light of the day we felt better about the spot we had picked to sleep and started our hike feeling less anxious than yesterday.
The water was moving the tiniest bit more swiftly today. It’s still sluggish but there was a discernible ebb and flow. The sediment bars were so substantial that the cows and horses have paths on top. We see plenty of birds again and they livened up the water’s surface like a carnival.
Alright by us, they kept our spirits high. We also ran across a beautiful white horse standing only a couple feet away from the road. It's strange to observe so many signs that humans live out here but so few actual people and homes.
We could see Indian Hot Springs from a distance, a collection of Adobe and white buildings clustered together along the river’s edge. It was quiet as we approached, Terri was gone for a couple days and there was no sign of the dogs we had heard about. With plenty of daylight left we spread out in the front and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of eating as much as we could to lighten our food bags and exploring the old resort. It looked like it had been a luxurious spot at one point. Most of the buildings were empty, some looked like they were being renovated. The old hotel was quiet and the cantina had all the lights and TV on, which spooked us enough that we didn't explore further.
A white mineral covered much of the ground’s surface, probably mineral build up from the hot springs?
We found one of the springs and enjoyed a quick soak in the warm waters. What a great place!
By the time it was getting dark we had moved our operations into a guest house Terri had told us about. We had no expectations going in and were excited to find a fireplace and electricity. After last night’s forced blackout it felt like a luxury to cook and blog with the lights on. We sent out our nightly GPS “we’re ok” message with an extra one to Robert who is tracking our progress. Nighttime is much less scary when you are inside!