We've had some wild weather recently. Two weeks ago, our weekly hiking group was sscheduled to go on a hike in sunny White Rock that Dave and I had proposed, a few miles from home. Then the night before the hike, we got our heaviest snowstorm of the year so far.
Sounded like a great opportunity
to test those new ice spikes (for shoes) I'd ordered on eBay.
We went down Lion Cave Canyon, around the mesa and up Water Canyon,
then climbed up to the top of the mesa and went out to the end to a
lunch spot with a panoramic view of Water Canyon and the Sangre de Cristos.
Then back across the narrow neck of the mesa.
The temperature was just about perfect for hiking with the sun and the snow.
The ice spikes worked perfectly -- the snow wasn't deep
enough to need snowshoes, but there were plenty of places where it
would have been slippery without the spikes.
We also had fun speculating on the cause of the "snow bumps" that
formed around the grama grass stems.
Now, two weeks later, most of the snow is gone and it's a beautiful day with a high of 60. We headed out for a short exploration in Pueblo Canyon, looking for the old airport that some folks in the R/C flying club thought might make a good flying site.
Some clouds moved in while we were walking, making for dramatic views
of the cliffs. I just never get tired of the way the changing light
plays on the mesas and canyons.
We didn't find the old airport -- more exploration needed! -- but we did find the new connector to the Tent Rocks Trail, where the Youth Conservation Corps has been busy with trailwork in Pueblo Canyon. And we explored the remains of an old road -- below Anderson Overlook: possibly the original horse/mule road that they used in the Ranch School days before the Manhattan Project.
Another beautiful day in Los Alamos.
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