We’ve spent the week at the base of the Pecos mountains, just a few miles outside of Santa Fe, NM. The hiking has been fantastic, and we’ve put in many miles on nearby trails during the week, in after-work adventures.
This weekend, we’ve focused on the Pecos National Wilderness, on the reference of our friend Wendy, who described the area as one of the world’s magic places (my paraphrase). So we’ve spent this weekend in the area, and certainly have not been disappointed! First off, we visited Pecos National Monument, NP where we saw a wonderful archeological example of a pueblo, as well as the ruins of the spanish mission that was erected on the site. Photos to come, but it was a great hike through history, and standing on the ridge looking out to the distant mesa took me to a place where I could envision what this space looked like 300, 500 years ago.
We then continued our journey up State route 63 to ‘the top of the world’ (translation, end of the road) to Jack’s Creek wilderness trailhead; the drive up into the wilderness was spectacular, as we followed the Pecos river higher and higher into the mountain. As we started hiking, I quickly felt the drag of the 9000 ft elevation – I could either hike or talk, but not both at the same time. We gradually became acclimatized to the elevation, though were surprised to have been so impacted after so much hiking around Santa Fe this week.
On our way back down, we followed old Route 66 (our campground is located on the route, too!), and saw this great marker of a bygone time. I’ve looked at books that followed the old Hwy 66 route (check out Kent Baker’s book), so this was a particularly sentimental marker for me to find. Score!
As I write this, I’m back in the camper, all snug and warm as a storm comes in. The winds are howling and the raindrops have turned into snow and hail. We’re expecting winds up to 60mph through the night, so am grateful for the timing that we didn’t feel the storm when we were at higher elevations. But really, snow??? In April-almost-May??? You’d think we were in the mountains 😉
And so what’s in store for the rest of the weekend? Colorado, here we come!