Monday, February 29, 2016
To hike in the snow or to hike on bare south facing slopes: That was the question.
The answer was apparently "You can't keep good women out of the snow—even if sometimes it's up to our knees."
(Maybe it was partly due to the sunnier slope was longer and steeper.)
So, we climbed up to the TV installations on Baxter Mountain to view the valley in which we live.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The Del Norte/BLM trail system led 8 of us to the top of the bluffs overlooking the immense Rio Grande Valley (a.k.a. Valle de San Luiz). The looking was good, decorated with occasional snow clouds. We heard several exclamations of "beautiful, spectacular, wonderful." We saw someone--maybe Lloyd--strolling on top of the D mountain. We used binoculars but couldn't identify the stroller.
The late spring time here features spectacular cactus blooms and flowering shrubs, along with diverse green grasses. It's worth another hike; I'll check on the timing.
With the return of snowfall, we may have some more chances to use our snowshoes in March. We welcome new folks to join our 10-12 hearty winter hikers who gather at the Visitor Center in South Fork before 10 a.m. on Mondays. No charge. No dogs. No barefooted hikers (especially in cactus country).
—Doug Knudson 719-873-5239