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Team: South
Jessica Terrell
Sunday, August 11
Snow Lake

On August 10, we arrived at Snow Lake, an area managed by the U.S. Forest Service that has to be one of the best kept secrets in New Mexico! The lake is nestled between rolling hills (which I am tempted to call mountains because my perception of hills is much smaller!) covered with scrub. The hill to the south side of the lake had been burned in a wildfire (caused by a camper) two years prior, but already I could see the beginning of the new landscape that campers long after me would love and appreciate. A rather lush carpet of green vegetation thrived on the borders of the lake, creating a mirage in my mind, having not seen an actual body of water in quite some time! Vultures glided overhead in large numbers as a few determined fishermen cast their reels into the blue-green water, hoping for at least a trout or two.
I could have watched this scene over and over and never tired of it, and it came to my mind that as we travel, each destination seems more and more beautiful, more amazing, and so much more diverse than I ever thought it could be. As I also discovered, each site in itself can be transformed by the occurrence of an afternoon rain, drifting clouds, or a sunrise or sunset. The sunrise at Snow Lake just happened to be one of these locations. Because I am a light sleeper, there is usually a single noise or occurrence that wakes me each morning, a natural alarm clock, if you will. The morning of August 11 was no exception, although “natural” is not the word I would use to describe what roused me. Reeent, reeeent, reeent….ahhh, the sound of our satellite attempting to reach a configuration that would allow it to “talk” to the correct device in space, thereby allowing us to do what I am doing right now, online journaling and answering email. So I rose, drowsily thinking about my first cup of coffee and the plans for the day. As I unzipped my rain fly and groggily peeked out, the site I saw nearly took my breath away, and indeed made me stop what I was doing (putting shoes on) and take it all in. There was the lake, still nestled between the hills, but with the rose blush of sunrise just beginning to peek over the horizon. A dense fog kissed the lake’s placid surface and seemed to live and breathe with a life of its own, parting gently for boats and birds alike. I could not have imagined a more perfect setting for healing and tranquility.
That night I had been awakened by two owls calling back and forth, one from the tree near our tent and the other somewhere across the lake. The sound of the call was low, which Jake said most likely would come from one of the larger species. However, I have not yet discovered what kind of owl it was.
Late in the afternoon, the trekkers were finishing their trekking for the day and they encountered a section of the four-wheel drive road that crossed private land. The tired group (who had just returned from a 4-day horse-packing trip) began to hike across the hills as the drivers (myself and Jake) drove to the pick-up spot about a mile down the road. While awaiting their arrival, Kay and I listened to some country music on the radio of the Honda CRV. We had the sudden urge to do some line dancing, so we practiced some simple dances and when the trekkers came over the last hill and had a clear view of the road, there we were to greet them. It brought smiles to their faces, which of course was the intended result!
On the final stretch of four-wheel driving back to Snow Lake, I was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of a herd of elk! I no longer can say that I have never before seen elk in the wild. I still have yet to see a male with those huge antlers. In Reserve, New Mexico, we saw plenty of photos of lucky hunters who had probably paid a lot of money to hunt elk. These photos were displayed in Carmen’s Café (home of the spiciest enchiladas I have ever eaten!).
If I had to choose a favorite spot since the beginning of the trek, I would have to choose Snow Lake. Its seclusion and peacefulness is only a part of why I find it such an attractive destination. The only way to take it all in is in silence. I may be able to illustrate this is some way. This is one of the few locations in which we can have a campfire, so we did just that both nights we were there. One night, a group of us were sitting around the fire and we were completely silent for over forty minutes. It was completely natural. We all were listening to the land, without even discussing it or planning it. It was then that I knew we had formed a real team. By the end of the trip, we may be reading each other’s minds!

for Sunday, August 11
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