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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Her Mudder Was a Mudder

Elk cows on a neighboring property, High Rolls
Dr. K, Becca and I hit the Bridal Veil Falls Trail just outside of High Rolls, New Mexico at about 8:40 this morning.  It was cold and the earth was still frozen from near-freezing temperatures overnight, but it was evident that most of the path had been extremely muddy due to a heavy rain last week.  It was also apparent that as the morning heated up we would have to deal with navigating around muddy spots on the way back.  Unfortunately, we encountered several areas where it was impossible to get around the muck.  As a result we all had mud caked to our boots and paws by the time we reached the Jeep at hike's end.  We couldn't remember a time when Becca had that much mud on her feet, but she didn't mind; in fact, it was as if she was seeking out mud bogs to traipse through on the return leg of the trek.
Herd of Wapiti (elk) on a neighbor's land

Elk RVers

Dr. K and Becca headed down the Bridal Veil Falls Trail

White Sands, what else?

Wide section of trail

Dropping steadily downward

Attractive bunch of weeds

Juniper country

The territory near High Rolls/Mountain Park, New Mexico

Yes, that's where we're headed

I'll be the first one down

Deep chasm cut by mountain rains

Hedgehog Cactus growing in rock

Riparian woodland

Time to turn around

The Packster and the Beckster

More distant view of White Sands

The bottom of Dr. K's boot

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

A muddy but very enjoyable hike. I hope we get to see more elk before we leave for the lower desert.

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