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( August 5th, 1980 to October 8th, 1980 )



lion sightingI thought I saw....
September 3, 1980 -- Day 145

Something was lying down underneath some trees to the left, about 100 yards further down the trail, and then sprinted across this area as I approached.


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signpostLast of the Continental Divide
September 3, 1980 -- Day 145

This was the last day for me on the Continental Divide. After leaving it, I hiked down old mining roads, past Summitville, and on to Del Norte to meet up with the group again.


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flowersMore mountain flowers
September 4, 1980 -- Day 146




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approaching the dunesApproaching the sand dunes
September 11, 1980 -- Day 153

Less than a days hike away-----the sand dunes.

Contingent Leaves Its Footprints Across Continent
by Jeff Syme, Courier Staff Writer



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gsdnm signpostGreat Sand Dunes National Monument
September 11, 1980 -- Day 153

Sand, blown by the winds across the San Luis valley, gather to form these sand dunes, at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.


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dimensions signDimensions of the dunes and park
September 12, 1980 -- Day 154




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3 approachingExploring the dunes
September 12, 1980 -- Day 154

3 left, but only 1 returned.....


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dunes3Slow going
September 12, 1980 -- Day 154

Even without a pack, hiking in the dunes was slooooooow and tedious.


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dunesthe dunes....the dunes
September 12, 1980 -- Day 154

Scenic for sure, but not a great place for lunch when the wind was blowing.


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view back to campA view back to the camp area.
September 12, 1980 -- Day 154




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dunes cliffSteep embankment
September 12, 1980 -- Day 154




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sandflowerSandflower
September 12, 1980 -- Day 154




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sandcampCamping at the dunes
September 12, 1980 -- Day 154




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dinner1Dinner at the dunes
September 12, 1980 -- Day 154

A real luxury----picnic tables with which to prepare and eat dinner.Pictured are ??, Ryan and Mike.


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dinner2Marika and David
September 12, 1980 -- Day 154

See how happy she is to have a picnic table to eat off of ????


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bandana boyeeeBandana boyeee
September 12, 1980 -- Day 154




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leaving the dunesDeparting the dunes
September 13, 1980 -- Day 155

The trail led east from the sand dunes, through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, via Mosca Pass.


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sunsetSunset
September 13, 1980 -- Day 155




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