Friday, December 30, 2011 – Back Roads of Fierro
Don’t ask me what trail we were on, ‘cause I don’t know. All I know is we parked past Fierro, in the same place as before and we walked the upper path. (see hike #18 – Saturday, November 26, 2011 – past Fierro – FR 4203E for more information)
I can’t find it on any of the maps, and it didn’t have a marker. We enjoyed slopping through the mud, playing in the snow, slipping on ice and crossing over some running brookettes. I was able to bring both Cody and Cisco since Aunt Margaret can help me corral them if need be. The dogs kept each other busy while Margaret and I talked the hike away. I’m getting used to the dogs sleeping at my feet as I write these blogs. Makes me happy to watch them dream.
At one point, we passed by a large hole with tailings next to it and some concrete structures; I assume this was part of the mining operations I saw last time. We also saw some prints in the snow of a turkey. A large, raptor-like print!
Don’t let the photographs fool you into thinking it was cold – it was 60 degrees out there!
One last thought, I find these hikes to be helpful to my inner self. Perhaps it’s the fresh air; More likely, I find the company and conversation very enjoyable and relaxing.
2.19 miles / 2 hours
27 down / 73 to go