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Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Hike Before Heading Down

Climbing the stile
We decided to cut our stay in the high country a few days short because of a coming storm.  After we packed the car and left the cabin we drove to the Grandview Trail and hiked it yet again.  Afterwards we picked up sandwiches and beverages at the Brewer's convenience store at the base of the mountain.  Then it was an hour-and-a-half drive back to the lower desert, where it looks as if we'll be getting some of the stormy weather here, too; there's even a prediction of snow in the higher elevations.
Overcast sky--harbinger of the storm

Juniper-studded landscape

Becca in the ramada

White Sands under a cloudy sky

Cactus growing in rock

Back at the trailhead


Dr. K said...

I'm glad we were able to fit that hike into our busy day.

Scott said...

When Kali and I stayed at Ruidoso in 2005, we hiked in part of the Sacramento Mountains with forests of large Ponderosa pines interspersed with grassy parks; is any of that type of forest landscape accessible near you in High Rolls (cf. the low, scrubby juniper landscape)?

Have a good New Year's Eve!

packrat said...

If you consider 7 miles "near you in High Rolls," Scott, then, yes, we're close to that type of landscape, too. Just a short jaunt up Highway 82 takes us from an elevation of 7,000 ft. to just over 9,000 ft.

packrat said...

P.S. Happy New Years!

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