July 3rd, Day Thirteen – Finding Thyself
Some of the many horses that made up the campsite.
We woke to sunny skies with the beautiful view from the top of Mount Philips.
We packed up our sleeping gear and took down the campsite. It was amazing to
have slept on the top of such a great view.
Our next mission was to get water at the nearest staffed camp to replenish
our supply, as Mount Philips had no water source. When we got to the water source,
we stocked up on water and had breakfast. Our next stop was the commissary.
There, we had a long lunch while we stocked up on our last couple of meals for
the remaining of the trek. We left and headed to our campsite. It was about
a five mile hike to the site.
Cows, horses, branding, rope tossing and horseshoe throwing made up this farm-like
staffed camp. It was an amazing site to see the horse roam the green field.
This place is filled with western spirit. We ate dinner and set up camp. During
this night, we all had some extra time to sit down and reflect upon our lives.
It gave me a chance to think about life and where I was. To summarize, it was
here in Philmont when I was starting to really find some answers in my life.
As I saw the horses roam through the field of the campsite, I thought about
how I got here and where I was going. I thought of where I will take myself,
all important things to ponder. I discovered that I am no longer someone shadowing
others, but my own independent 19-year old adult self.
Later that night, I went to sleep under the brightly lit moon.
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