On April 25th., i went on my first desert hike near Socorro, NM. Six miles round-trip, with minimal elevation gain of 500 feet (152m). Saw some pretty cool rock formations and there was more color than I expected for the desert. Also hiked through a slot canyon and into a box canyon. Enjoyed it. When we stopped for lunch everyone starting singing Happy Birthday to me! A total surprise. I had no idea my friend had set that up a little earlier in the hike. What a neat group of people. Too cool!!! 🙂