Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Our 5+ mile hike into Bandelier Backcountry was astounding! We went from evergreen mountain cliffs to woodland glens to canyon floors and desert brush - all the way down to the Rio Grande, passing waterfalls and crossing streams along the way. It was hiking heaven!!!!!
The start of our hike
Loving the hike!
"Ford every streeeaaaam"
Pak, Jillian, and Nick checking out the peaceful beauty.
"Climb every mountaaaiiiiin"
We headed out to Bandelier National Park to explore the cave dwellings there and to do some excellent hiking. Here are some pics from the dwelling loop, which we did first before our 5+mile hike into backcountry.
Petroglyph = amazing!
Here we are in a cave dwelling - had to climb a ladder to get inside
Nick peeking out of a cave
Monday, September 21, 2009
Today we did one of the coolest hikes I have EVER done. We explored Tent Rocks in New Mexico, or Kasha-Katuwe. Nick, Patrick, Jillian and I hiked through desert canyons past some of the most stunning scenery I have ever seen to about 6700 feet for a gorgeous view. It was strenuous in parts, but well worth it. Every way one turned, there was another amazing sight to see.
After we explored the town of Taos we took a drive over to the VERY impressive Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. HOLY HEIGHTS!!!!!! It was a bit scary (for Maggie) to stand in the middle of the incredibly high bridge that vibrated as cars drove over it as we peered dooowwwwwnnnnn below to the River. But it was breathtaking!