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Mud and Invisibility

MountainArroyoDB124Hidden Mountain on the Puerco. Crossed the sedgy wash in bare feet because the Chinle red mud stuck like glue and gooshed up between my toes. Tried to clean my feet with snow, sand, paper towels. Useless! Had to use precious water from my canteen. My hiking partner, who tried to cross without taking his boots off, did a Three Stooges pratfall smack in the mud.

All along the hogback there are sulphurous spring deposits.  One is a breast, the nipple a round pool a handspan wide where cold water bubbles up.

All of this is perfectly visible from Amtrak. I’ve ridden Amtrak. Never noticed.