Last night my wife and I watched this amazing documentary on PBS about hiking the CDT or Continental Divide Trail by film maker Mark Flagler. The trail follows the Continental Divide (oddly enough) North/South from the Mexican Border to the Canadian Border and covers over 3,000 miles. Unlike other well known trails the CDT has many unofficial routes where you must decide which branch you will follow and even provides opportunities for forging your own trail by map and compass until you can locate the actual route.
We watched the first hour in revered silence until finally I said, “wow, this makes our cross country drive look like a trip to the mall.” She readily agreed and added, “yeah, now I want to do this!” Since we’ve never really done any hiking at all I don’t see this happening anytime soon if at all. We saw many of the great National Parks this summer by car and knew that we were missing a lot of the parks’ beauty by not getting out on foot. Having three kids under the age of 10 (plus being incredibly out of shape) hampered that.
Walking The Great Divide inspired us to start thinking about doing some day hiking locally this fall with the kids. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll be one of the very few people to be able to say that we through hiked the Continental Divide Trail.
Check your local PBS listings or go to Flagler Films to find out how to purchase a DVD.
To read a detailed account of a cyclist’s adventure on the CDT you can check out this Blog here.