So, you know how hikers talk about getting like Christmas songs or Disney songs stuck in their head just like non-stop. Well, this hike has been very much a Pocahontas theme for me because when it was windy non-stop I had Colors of the Wind stuck in my head and now that we’ve been around the Gila so much they’ve been talking about around the next bend or you know, just beyond the riverbend so Yeah, it’s been a doozy Wading through the Gila River we’ve got to keep a safe distance Alright, so where am I supposed to fall? Alright so I think the hiker hunger is kicking in because this reminds me of like cheeto balls except it’s doodoo color but uh doodoo color cheeto balls or maybe like Milk Duds or Whoppers or something we ended up getting to see the cliff dwelling today and we weren’t sure if we were gonna get to because to get to them and backtrack to the trail was gonna be like a six mile round trip and we were like I don’t know if we want to, you know do that much extra walking but it turns out that uh, somebody that’s through hiking right now had a friend section hiking with her and We had seen them earlier at Doc Campbell’s and they pulled up to the visitors center in a car And so we were like, oh man do you mind taking us down there at least one way and so they actually ended up taking us both ways and walking through the cliff dwellings with us, so the trail provides and hikers look out for each other and that was just awesome because it really isn’t a whole lot of Traffic out here that we could have necessarily gotten hitch with. The cliff dwellings were definitely worth it though It’s like a mile loop to walk through and you get to actually walk through Some of the caves and things like that and see the different rooms and try to imagine like what were these? Used for who are these people that lived here? And It’s just really neat. So if you’re in the area definitely recommend checking that out worth the mile trek And I will say one of the things that I liked about it is that you can actually get hurt there I know it sounds weird But like you get to climb up ladders And down ladders and there aren’t railings in all of the walkways and so it just seemed a lot more Natural and true to what that was in history than a lot of the national parks and national monuments. I’ve been to We have had to work for our miles today, I think we’ve crossed the river About 80 times like just today and hadn’t even quite gotten 15 miles so I Guess when we get back on regular ground, we’ll have to make up for some of this river walk in time Better late than never. its getting kind of dark, but this is a hot springs and This is where we’re gonna camp tonight. Oh Oh Yeah Haha, this is awesome. Oh man. It’s like a personal hot tub on the trail On a scale from one to ten with one being I want to stay in my tent and sleep and ten being like The only thing I want to do in life right now is hike How much do you feel like hiking today? Three Pretty excited about it Today we will hit River Crossing 200 I’ve still been counting I’ve lost count a couple of times but I keep going with the conservative number so we may even be At 200 now . Now if you’re wondering like I was before I got out here why in the world Do they have the trail crossing the river 200 times when you should just stay on one side of the bank and you know maybe cross a couple of times but well, the answer is geology because You’ll have a sandbar on one side for a little while and then it turns into like a straight Rock cliff, like a rock wall so there is nowhere to walk unless you walk in the river which we have at times you cross to the other side and it’s a sand bank for a little while and sometimes even goes through like Little forested patches which is nice and then boom rock wall again. So It’s just necessary each time. We’ve crossed it’s necessary to do so, so Yep, over 200 by the time we get done with this little section We’ve still been crossing the river multiple times in a mile stretch but We’ve had more of these long Actual pathways through grass and forested areas and so it’s kind of a nice change a Lot of access to water but getting to go through areas that you know, we can actually just walk. I’m currently sitting here Messaging my mom and my sister on the inReach and they’re letting me know how close the channel is 100,000 and I mean it’s exciting don’t get me wrong. But the main reason that They are letting me know is because Aaron and I had a bet. 5 p.m. Central Time he said that we would already be at 100k and I said we wouldn’t and there are like nine minutes to go and it’s like Five subs to 100k, so didn’t realize it would be this close so I’m waiting on him to tell him but uh, ah, It’s so close. Oh, and the stakes are a Steak dinner. So if if we are already at 100 K when five o’clock Central time hits and Then I owe him a state dinner And if we are less than 100k when the video drops at five then he owes me a steak dinner either way It’s a win-win it is killing me four minutes to go and I haven’t gotten a message update it’s gonna be so close and we made this bet like a week and a half ago or so, I mean We never imagined it would come down to literally the last five minutes. So just Waiting to hear back from them As far as I know it’s two minutes to go and we still need five subscribers. I never thought I’d be so excited about not hitting 100k But that steak dinner is gonna be good And the results are in mom said at Five o’clock p.m. When the video hit there were four subscribers to go ninety nine thousand nine hundred inety-six. I can’t wait to tell him he lost So the results are in Looks like I’m gonna have to enjoy a steak dinner cuz we were like for subs away. I’m happy for ya And apparently twelve minutes after five we hit 100,000 subscribers another hiker told Aaron that this is ruins from the people before it looks like rock to us, but I Guess you could imagine it now this might be what she meant cuz this looks like Somebody actually put effort into building a little wall here Pretty cool You can actually see where they created like a mixture to Make the rocks hold together. It’s pretty neat you know it’s really a shame that those Ancient people didn’t follow Leave No Trace standards just sayin This Middle Fork section of the Gila River alternate has been Amazing like majestic Just the cliffs and Just the variation and terrain from rock to greenery – water – sand – all of it it’s just everything all at one time and it’s Absolutely, beautiful What you lookin at? Feels like a postcard, I just can’t stop taking pictures. snow lake. It’s definitely the prettiest section of trail I’ve seen so far and I’m sure the CDT is just gonna continue to get prettier and prettier So pert caught this fish a few miles back apparently with his bare hands and then ran into somebody Who happend to have foil here camping on a grill. well not on a grill. Camping near a grill. Yeah, like what in the world? Do you feel like a man? I feel pretty awesome

100 thoughts on “Episode 5: JUST AROUND THE RIVERBEND

  1. I loved this video so so much! I could watch hours of this footage!
    Does anyone know if there are a lot of ticks in that region, or is it too hot? Just wondering with all of that tall grass! Thanks!

  2. Really awesome views in this video…it was like I was on the trail with you guys. Happy hiking to you..

  3. Congratulations on 100k. I’ve been following you since you put out the video about why you switched from hammock to tent. Your videos are by far the best in the genre!

  4. Always love seeing your updates Dixie! I love telling my family about you and where you are in your hike. Hope you're all doing well

  5. I really enjoy your content, thank you for sharing your adventures. May i ask what the name of the song in the end of the video is?

  6. You eye for catching images is so good! Your use of drone shots to highlight a scene is spot on and not overdone. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Wow! 100K You deserve all of your success. But as Disney songs go, "Bare Necessities" is the best Disney song for hikers. Either the original or the new American Idol winner Maddie Poppe has a great version.

  8. I recently did some long distance hiking in the north of England (highly suggest if you get a chance) and it feels like you’re walking through ruins the whole time! Even on the tops of mountains there are old stone walls (and sheep).

  9. Are you packin' a drone Dixie? The aerial shots surprised me. That is a beautiful canyon thru that section.

  10. Love the water views, the underwater shots (how is that done?), the drone shots and the slomo lizard shot. Very well done. Take care of yourselves out there. Wishing you the best.

  11. Awesome! I've just subbed to your channel! If you guys are in need of any info along your journey thru NM, I'd be glad to help. I just finished a section of the CDT by Cuba, NM last week. Plenty of water in the San Pedro Parks and none of it is going to get your feet wet. Looking forward to following your adventure!

  12. Greetings from New Mexico! Enjoy my beautiful home state. Also have you thought about hiking the Arizona National Scenic Trail?? You totally should! Its only ~800 miles!
    #QuadraCrown #AZT #NationalTrails

  13. I can not imagine seeing such amazingly beautiful things in person!!!! The geology, plants, rocks, ancient history…I’d LOVE all that! Thank you for that treat! Now I’ll go read about the geology and native history. I could not walk past all that…I would explore for hours. Congrats on 100K—that’s awesome!

  14. please tell me that beetle in your hair is, in fact, a beetle and not a tick!? #thingsthatkeepyouupatnight

  15. I've been watching your videos for awhile now and am so happy you're tackling the CDT!
    I just recently moved away from NM. But am SO HAPPY to be able to still see my beautiful home state! Thank you so much! Don't miss out on any red or green chile while you're there. It is our state question; Red or Green?

  16. How are you such an optimistic hiker. It never seems like you get bored or exhausted? Also tell perk to bestow some science knowledge/facts on us when relevant (Pretty sure you mentioned he teaches science).

  17. Another awesome video. Aaron is truly amazing getting the production value basically from the trail.
    Again I really appreciate the variety of shots you take, it gives a total feel of the adventure.

  18. Just watched your 2nd q&a post! Your so sweet! Is that a term of endearment? Idk. Can't wait for your next segment. Prepping for Yellowstone. Love you!

  19. After seeing this video I am going to have to put the CDT on my bucket list now! Thank you for inspiring me!

  20. I know the video does not do justice to being there in person ,but you do an awesome job capturing the beauty. There are few vids I like to rewatch on my big TV to get more immersed and yours are definitly some of those. thanx for showing our great country. Glad you got to enjoy a nature perk of hot springs and soon a steak dinner, way to go guys

  21. When i worked trail crew north of Durango, Co, the hinge cut on the trees, reminded me of chicken. Tuna, ramen, beans, tuna, ramen, beans, when you camp with sam, you eat tuna, ramen, and beans.

  22. Hi Dixie I am a new follower I have to say I was happy when I saw you entering the Gila wilderness it is my backyard I do a lot of hiking and camping there know a lot about the area I have one thing to say can you please tell me that your camera man had a fishing license and the reason I asked Gila trout are an endangered species Anglers are only allowed to catch to if every CDT hiker that went to the Healer decide to catch one with their hands what would that do I asked you to please be a Stewart of the land post camera man's fishing license and we will all be happy safe travels thank you very much I hope you enjoyed the Gila

  23. Thank you Dixie again for taking me along on ur Quest , you a Bad Ass …..  may all you hikers  be safe , may you all be blessed , DIXIE Dixie Dixie …. go girl !!  p.s. so sorry to hear about ur Dad I know he his proud of you , and so am I Dixie … be safe ….. just WOW !! 🙂

  24. This channel is by far one of my favorites. It's quality from top to bottom. Dixie, to you and Aaron I say thank you. Not just for making videos, but making them at a standard of quality I find hard to believe can be done from on the go like this. You guys really don't get half the kudos or views you deserve. Thanks!

  25. Just started watching your videos. I’m amazed at the extra work you do to put together these excellent videos while doing these hikes. I attempted a thru hike of the pct in 95. Just had a point and shoot. Sometimes I was too tired just to take a simple picture

  26. Dixie…you may or may not have heard of the channel “Fight for together”. They are a family with 6 kids ranging from 17 to 2 and are hiking the AT this year. The mom Kami is a big fan of yours and I told them I would put on a good word for her to you…lol. If you haven’t, you should check out their channel when you can. Unique family……I have been following you since you did the AT and am still excited when I see you post a video.

  27. Hey Dixie I’ve been watching some of your videos for a few days now and find them entertaining and informative. I don’t think I will be any through hikes like you, but I am currently planning on 26 mile multiple day(for me I’m thinking 5 or 6 days so I can really enjoy the scenery) in Teddy Roosevelt National Park up here in North Dakota for either September this year or June next year, depending on when finances I can get the equipment together. Than maybe Yellowstone the next year.

  28. Hey Dixie! If you’ve gotten good use out of your new light weight headlamp yet, let me know how you think it performs. I’m looking to shed a few ounces and would be stoked to know!

  29. The Gila is an amazing place. You are going to see a little bit of everything in New Mexico. After you finish the CDT I hope that you will come back and Explore the Pecos Wilderness which is also incredibly beautiful.

    Your videos and pictures are amazing. I hope that you can continue to show people what they are missing out on by sitting at home.

  30. Beautiful scenery. Another killer video, Dixie. I'm a little late to the party, watching on Memorial Day. You are at 108k subs now. And climbing!
    Love the videos. Thanks for sharing your adventures, your passion, your life.
    Happy trails.

  31. Hey! Make sure you check out hte HUGE cliff dwelling (second biggest in the world I think) In MESA VERDE, it might be close or where you're going on the CDT. Also, beautiful area! Southwest Colorado! Good luck and thanks for the inspiring videos!

  32. Congratulations on your 100,000 subscriptions. Love your video's. Thanks for sharing

  33. Congratulations on your 100,000 subscriptions. Love your video's. Thanks for sharing

  34. Yo Dixie! How do you not get blisters by submerging your feet in the water at every river crossing? I crossed one river with my shoes on here on the PCT and I got a hot spot right away. Do you let them dry out shortly after?

  35. How are y'all building fires at night when there are fire restrictions all over Arizona and New Mexico?

  36. Great videos! Are you using a discontinued zpacks water bottle shoulder pouch? Work well? Other suggestions? Thank you. Enjoy your adventure!

  37. Hey Dixie, Thanks for creating these videos of your process. My son in law is through hiking the AT right now. My hiking experience is pretty limited, and I was apprehensive, worrying about everything from water (not enough) food(not enough) weather, animals etc. Your experiences give me a clue into why and how he is doing this adventure. So, thank you and Chipmunk thanks you because now I can relax and just wish him the best. By the way, I am hooked, and will be watching the remainder of your submissions. Safe Journeys!

  38. I cannot wait to get out and start Hiking!! About 2-3 weeks my 15 year old Son and I will be hiking the Pinhoti trail here in Alabama. I am curious Dixie when you cross rivers so often do you keep going with wet socks and shoes or what do you do??

  39. Had a blast hiking with you guys, I appreciate you guys bringing me along and making me feel
    welcome. Thanks for the audio cameo at the end. Perk was a badass manhandling that fish.

  40. You hiked right past the cabin my friend owns where we elk hunt out of each year. Love this area so much and happy you enjoyed it! I can't wait to hike it myself. AT first though, 2019 SOBO!!

  41. Glad it worked out and Aron found his way out. Hard call what to do. Never know if the person continues walking or sits and waits to be found.

  42. Glad it worked out with Aron. Hard call to wait back track or keep moving because you don’t know what the lost person is doing.


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