Friday, January 06, 2012 – Hiking is Better than Vacuuming

I was in the middle of vacuuming when suddenly, I had the urge to stop. I said to Frank, “either wine at Diane’s tonight or a hike now”. A spontaneous hike broke out to the joy of 2 dogs (sorry Diane!).

 

We walked the dirt road of Dos Griegos Phase I and quickly noted that since it is not developed, the road is gradually becoming a path. There’s a lot of grass and cat claws growing there now. Cody even ended up with a bleeding tongue; hey girl you shouldn’t run through a tussle of cat claw with your tongue hanging out! Much of this part of the hike was spent watching two black and white blurs fly back and forth across the path – the dogs were fired up today!

Some hikes are easier than others.

 

I’m so glad to live in the hills so that we can hike right in our neighborhood. It makes for a fun Friday afternoon. We crossed over the road back towards our house and then descended into the next arroyo, to the east of our house. There we found water from the past snows, a bunch of bear scat, and a good work-out as we climbed up the arroyo. We made it to the top of our street, circled around and walked the east ridge south towards our house. This is one we have done many times before; but not during this challenge. With Frank joining me more often, you’ll be seeing more neighborhood hikes; he’s a homebody that one! Luckily, we have plenty of options. The arroyo on the other side of the house, a variety of climbs to the east, and Mary Ann promises to show me the area to the north (this time of year we can see a road cut up there!).

 

2.0 miles / 2.0 hours

30 down / 70 to go

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About Gila Hiker

First I hiked 100 different trails in a year, now I write a monthly article in Desert Exposure about a local hike. Come on out to Silver City..... and bring your hiking gear!

Posted on January 6, 2012, in Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Southwest and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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