Tuesday, March 24th – Two day ago we climbed Emory Pass (elevation 8228 feet or 2507 meters), and wild camped in Gila National Forest. It is bear and puma country so we kept our food in bags hanging from trees away from our tents. We had no humans nor animal visitors but the temperatures dropped down big time and were just above freezing. I wore two pairs of socks and thanks to Noreen’s stove, we had hot ramen noodles at night and hot beverages and oatmeal in the morning. Yesterday was a lot of fun since we went down the other side of the mountain and continue into hilly country by Caballo Lake. Well we had a nice wind from the back until it stitched to cross wind and biking became more challenging. Before we arrived ton the RV park we stayed last night, I went down a ditch to take a pee. As I am about to pull my pants down, I heard a whistling sound before I knew it I am running for my life. Right next to me (not further than 2 inches) was a rattle snake. Jeez they got my heart rate going. We are living so remotely from the rest of the world that it is hard to imagine what everybody is going through right now. Sending to you all love and positive thoughts (hi to Sydney and Connor who are homeschooling right now and reading the blog, I miss you!).