This weekend, we spent a little time hiking around the Cibola National Forest.
We started out by spending Saturday night in Water Canyon. We didn’t bring a tent, but the weather was excellent, so we unrolled a sleeping bag and slept in the bed of the truck. We fit, if we drop the tailgate, as the Ranger with a tool box and the tailgate down is just enough room to stretch out.
It was a chilly night, though not unbearable. My alarm went off at 6, as I had forgotten to remove that phone alarm for this weekend. It was especially chilly at that hour, so after an hour of shivering, I decided to go for a morning stroll. I started up Trail #13, but did not go but a few hundred yards. It was a nice trail, I just didn’t want JoAnna to think I’d wandered off too far, as we had a busy day ahead of us. I thought the trail went up the nearby hill, but instead, it ran parallel to the road. The trail wasn’t terribly steep, as it paralleled the road. This was the steepest part I saw:
The view along the trail was pleasant as well. I was going to wait until the sun reached into the valley (and my truck, and JoAnna) before continuing about our day.
Along the way, I did see some Indian Paintbrush flowers (I think that is what these are called):
Later in the day, we explored the areas near the Waldo and Kelly mines. We only did a little hiking here, maybe a half a mile or so, and the photos I took were more about the mining history. I will post those on my Industrial Archeology blog instead. However, the view from both mines was really nice.
Those clouds signaled the rain. Believe it or not, I was getting rained upon in the photo below:
We did a little rockhounding and then returned to Socorro, swapped vehicles, and headed back to Rio Rancho. We will return soon, as we always have fun outside.
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