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To The Old Ore Terminal
1 Beginning the Hike
2 The sign at the Trail Head
3 Walking Up the Wash
4 The Last Trail Sign
5 Starting the Trail
6 Looking Back over the Rio Grande Flood Plain

7 First Ore Bucket

8 Walking up and Down Hills
9 Heartbreak Hills
10 The Last Standing Tower
11 View from Last Standing Tower
12 Looking Back Where You Came

13 The View to Boquillas

14 First View of the Old Ore Terminal
15 Old Ore Terminal!
Hiking Back
16 The Last Tower
17 Trail Heading Away
18 Pretty View
19 Water
20 Post Hike
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Here's the story of my wife's and my hike to the Old Ore Terminal via the Ore Terminal Trail in February 2004. (You can get there by hiking from the Ernst Tinaja as well, or so I hear.) It's long, lonely, and hard. It took us 7 hrs, 15 minutes to complete the round trip hike…and that's with a ½ hour stop at the Old Ore Terminal. Throughout the story, I sometimes refer back to our first hike five years earlier to give you more flavor. Back then, we stopped short of getting to the Ore Terminal.

As we discussed during the hike itself, my wife says that guys should only take new girlfriends who are trying to pretend to be the out-doorsey type on this hike. Wives don't need to impress you any more. Don't put them through it. Don't ask her to hike with you because it's something for you two to do together unless she's really, really into it. I do recall that my wife equated the hike to labor; every time you make it over a hill, there's another one is staring you in the face. Just like her labor pains, they just don't seem to end. On our next vacation, I'll be taking my wife to the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan :) .

I took notes on the time, elevation, and temperature, but please do not rely on me. Make your own decisions; you may walk faster or slower, or take more or less stops along the way. Whatever you do, start early! Also, I need to let you know that I don't trust my altimeter readings. I set the altimeter at zero at the parking lot at the beginning of the hike, but when I returned to the same spot at the end of the hike, it read 69 ft. So take the readings as guidelines.

 


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