A ‘New Mexico Blue’ Sky
03-04-12 – Steven’s Ranch Rd – Fort Bayard Game Preserve
What a beautiful day for a hike! The sky is that New Mexico Blue that just gets me all smiling inside. It was warm and sunny; layers were peeled off early. As spring approaches, I think it’s time to shift the layers to lighter materials – which is good since I’m sick to death of seeing that old black turtleneck and the ancient red jacket in my photos!
Marianne, April and Dora joined Cody and I at the Fort Bayard Game Preserve where we drove up Ft. Bayard Rd and parked in the lot up there. We headed north onto Stevens Ranch Rd and enjoyed a meandering hike through meadows, rock outcroppings, and a variety of trees. Time wasn’t with us to go all the way up to Woodhaul Wagon Rd, which was our destination, so we have an option for another day when we all have more time.
As I get closer to the halfway mark, I’m getting excited. I see this challenge as doable suddenly. My anticipation of what’s to come is fueled by memories of the wonderful things I’ve seen already. As much as I love being outdoors and in nature, I’m also enjoying the human aspect of this. The people I’m getting to know during the hikes, and the human history I’m learning about and seeing. Plane crashes, Indian ruins, grave markers. It’s all making for a dynamite experience!
3.82 miles / 2.0 hours
42 down / 58 to go
Posted on March 4, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Southwest and tagged challenge, Fort Bayard, Gila, hike, hiking, New Mexico, Silver City. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.