Lions… and Tigers… and Bears…

I have hiked a lot and even done a little backpacking. I never see wildlife. Well, okay, there was that close encounter with a rattlesnake. Other than that, a deer or two, and a split second view of the south end of a north bound elk. That’s about it, not that I really want to get within eye-shot of a lion, or even a bear. But I hike in the wilderness. I’m supposed to see wildlife. Well, except for Tigers.

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Day Hike: Old La Luz Trail to The Five ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico ~ USA

February 19, 2015

The Old La Luz Trail is my get-back-in-shape hike after being relatively inactive all winter. At around 6.5 miles round-trip, an elevation gain of 2,000′, and an average grade of 12%, it provides a really good workout.  My first hike was on Feb. 8th. Then hiked it again on the 19th.

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Map: Old La Luz Trail ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Old La Luz Trail to The Five Map

“Old La Luz to The Five” Trail Map

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First Cactus Flowers

April 24, 2014

Anyone who knows me knows I’m not really into flowers and birds. Well, I hiked the Old La Luz Trail today in the Sandia Mountains and, on the way up, I saw the first (for me, anyway) cactus flowers of the year. And this cactus was the only one in bloom on the entire trail… and the flowers were so bright red and beautiful (pretend I didn’t say that)… and impressive enough (keep pretending)… even to a florally-challenged individual like me… I had the strangest urge to take a picture.

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Day Hike: Embudito Trail to Oso Pass ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

April 8, 2014

Embudito Trail to Oso Pass

Embudito to Oso Pass Trail Map

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Day Hike: Tapia Canyon and Tower Ruin ~ Cabezon Region ~ New Mexico, USA

April 5, 2014

Tapia Canyon

Tapia Canyon Trail Map

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Day Hike: South Crest Trail ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

April 3, 2014

South Crest Trail

South Crest Trail Map

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