Hiking Mania—April 13-21
Four big hikes in one week; most were group hikes taken with our hiking buddies. Soon our snowbird hiking companions will be dispersing until next year--> with anticipation of new discoveries in 2022.
LBJ hike to Cloudcroft—8,000 ft+ elevation; the Osha Trail had lots of rocks, but it was a beautiful day—one highlight was the train trestle bridge, but it was a photo op only—hikers were forbidden on the trestle. History: Because of the altitude and abundance of trees making logging so prevalent around the the turn of the 20th century, a railroad ran from Cloudcroft to Alamogordo. If the loaded train went too fast down the hill, it risked jumping the track; if too slow, the load would slide off. Engineers had to get it right!
Sierra Vista Trail—a trail which runs 13 miles from Las Cruces toward El Paso—we did a hike of +/- two miles—group hike thanks to Betsy.
Petroglyphs of Rincon—Group hike thanks to Carla and Tom who led us to these petroglyphs in the middle of nowhere, NM.
City of Rocks State Park—Group hike to a park which features “geologic formations made up of large, sculptured rock columns, or pinnacles, rising as high as 40 feet and separated by paths or lanes resembling city streets” (per website). Of course, we had to end up at the Adobe Deli, a restaurant only to be found in the likes of NM.
Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) are career professionals who are currently pursuing life-long interests in photography and digital imaging techniques, respectively.