Morning hike to Pinos Altos
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Even though the original plan included hiking, we never really went hiking once we got into Silver City nor did we go to the Catwalk as initially planned. We made a last minute decision to go to Pinos Altos which was closer. Pinos Altos is located north of Silver City past the Continental Divide . . . it was the place we started to go to before we branched off to go to Lake Roberts. We eventually made it to Pinos Altos on our return leg when Matt decided he did not want to return the same route we had come through.
Pinos Altos is a historic mining town and has an art museum and a fort as far as I saw: we did not spend much time touring at all except for a brief stop on the main street where the Museum was located by the side of the road with a sign that is falling off, only one car was parked outside and we assumed it was that of the person working in the museum.
Nestled into the Gila National Forest, the town began in 1860 when three frustrated 49-ers, Thomas Birch, Colonel Snively and another guy named Hicks, stopped to take a drink in Bear Creek and discovered gold. The Main Street of this charming old gold-mining town is like an old western movie set. Many of the old buildings date back to the 1800's and have been restored and decorated with original memorabilia and artifacts.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.