January 28, 2016
Aguirre Springs, Las Cruces
“Getting fit after a long trip of 'sit'” is our mantra right now! We have spent the last three days doing short hikes around Las Cruces. Today we decided to take our cameras and visit Aguirre Spring, a section of National Park on the opposite side of the Organ Mountains—this side gets the rain (or snow); the other side doesn't. We knew that this would be an adventure when: 1) we saw the adjacent rancher on his calico horse checking his fence line sporting a rifle across his saddle horn; 2) the sign at the trailhead of Pine Tree Trail read, “This is cougar country”; 3) the park host ended her description of the park with the comment, “I don't want to scare you, but you may come across rattlesnakes sunning themselves on the rocks.” The only wildlife we saw by the end of our 2-hour hike—2.42 miles—were birds. We walked about 1 mile per hour—straight up and straight down. Lou remarked, “I would not recommend this for anyone awaiting knee replacement surgery.” So glad we had our hiking poles.
Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) are career professionals who are currently pursuing life-long interests in photography and digital imaging techniques, respectively.