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The walk that turned into a hike (pics)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Yesterday I had to go to a small community about 10 miles outside of town to see one of my homebound patients. One the way back, I had decided before I left that I would to 2 miles off the main highway to some forest service land and take a short walk down the access road. Once I parked, I decided to follow a trail instead. I had my runkeeper on my phone turned on (tracks my miles and time) and set a goal of walking a mile to a mile and half one way and then turning around and walking back. I figured an hour or a little more and that would be my lunch break. I work from home, so my lunch breaks are flexible. Once I started walking though, I kept changing my goals. At 1 1/2 miles I decided to go another 1/2 mile, then a little further decided another 1/2 mile. I ended up doing 2 hours and 5 minutes and 5.8 miles. It was a beautiful fall day, and I just kept going!





This area is part of a protected game preserve where no hunting is allowed of the elk and deer that are out there. I never see any of them when I'm hiking in this area, but they often get down on the highway especially at night, and sometimes get hit by cars. I've hiked a lot in this preserve, going in from different directions. This trail was one I hadn't started on before, but before long it ran into one I had done. In high school, many years ago, I had a horse and used to ride a lot out in this area. The forest service keeps some of their horses in this area (there are many fences out here to keep them confined to specific areas) and I saw a few of them today, after I went through a couple of fences. They aren't locked, they just request that gates are closed after going through.









Right past the horses the trail merges with a dirt road that I followed. This road is for forest service use and not for public use for motorized vehicles but is okay for walking or bicycle riding and mountain bike riding is a big sport around here. The path and road had a slow steading incline.



There are signs in various places which point to various trails.



The road gets a little rougher and I also start to get into some of the evergreen trees. There are places with trees mixed with places without them throughout.



I came across what may be an old well but not sure. A little further there was something that looks like it may have been, or still is, a holding tank or something under ground.









The road continues. In the background are the Twin Sisters peaks.



I came across a salt block left out for the horses. Mineral licks are very important to the health and performance of all livestock. Without essential vitamins and minerals, major health problems arise that could've been avoided by supplementing animals with loose mineral or a salt block. I hadn't seen one in a long time.



At the top of a higher spot now and started downhill for a while.





Another sign. This one points to the Big Tree trailhead, which has a parking area that is about 2 1/2 miles in from where I left the car. I've started from that trailhead many times. I decided instead of going back the way I came, to go to that trailhead and then follow the main dirt road back to the car. The forest service has some buildings near the trailhead.



Through another gate and then down and up a trail.













On the main dirt road that ends at the parking lot, headed back towards my car 2 1/2 miles down the road.





Zoomed in on the old water tower behind the old Fort Bayard hospital. It was actually a little further away but if I didn't zoom in you wouldnt be able to see it. That's not to far from where my car is. Fort Bayard was a military fort at one time, built in 1865. Then in 1899 when it was going to be abandoned, it was transferred to the Army Medical Unit and it became a tuberculosis sanitarium for military. In 1922 it was transferred again to the VA and became a hospital for veteran's. Then in 1965 the state of New Mexico acquired it and it became a long term care facility (nursing home) owned by the state. There is a historic cemetery on the property with graves dating back to 1866 and it became a National Cemetary in 1976. In 2004 the whole facility and grounds became a national historic landmark. A couple of years ago a new hospital was built not far from the old one, and the residents were all moved there. Right now there is legislators in New Mexico who want to tear down the old hospital and there is a fight by a lot of people who don't want it torn down but preserved as a historic site. Maybe one day I'll walk through the grounds and post pictures of the site. But on this hike I had driven through the site to get to the dirt road I was walking.



I got back to my car a little tired, hungry, but feeling good about my exercise.

Have a great day!

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NORASPAT 12/17/2012 1:13PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing you great looking hike. I would be scared out there with spiders and snakes so we never hike when we visit our kids in NV Pat in Maine. emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 12/6/2012 5:35PM

    It's easy to see why you kept prolonging your walk. Great place. Thanks for the pic.

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JLPEASE 12/5/2012 11:56AM

    Awesome photos! Thanks you so much for sharing!
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MAYBER 12/3/2012 10:23PM

    what a wonderful experience you can take this walks anytime and then share the great pictures one day at a time
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RACEWELLWON 12/2/2012 11:59AM

    Stunning Thanks for taking us along on your journey. Incredible how we can get consumed into our walks just due to eye candy after eye candy. One of the things I adore where I live is, in any direction I can find a place to walk , ride or jog and always notice something new, even after all these years of living here. LIL Racer emoticon

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CHANGINGHORSES 12/1/2012 8:10PM

    What a great way to spend your lunch hour. That looks like a very interesting place. Thank you for sharing the photos.

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SPEEDYDOG 12/1/2012 8:32AM

    Thanks for taking me along with you. You live in a very nice place. In my life I have seen too many historical buildings and facilities destroyed. I have also witnessed some extremely interesting old mountain "ghost" towns put off limits because of vandalism.

I am glad the weather is holding up for you.

Thanks, Bruce

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/30/2012 1:14PM

    What a wonderful hike!

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DESERTDREAMERS 11/30/2012 1:00AM

    So, Linda, when did you realize you had become an over-achiever? Your walking/hiking posts are terrific!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 11/29/2012 9:59PM

    What a neat place! I would have gone longer than planned there too!
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KNITTOBETHIN 11/29/2012 9:14PM

    YOu are just too much my girl. I would probably get hopelessly lost and wonder around for years until someone stumbled across my path and pointed me in the right direction. My hat's off to you - and not only for the report, which I so enjoyed.

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MICKEYH 11/29/2012 7:40PM

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. I am glad that you've enjoyed your hiking.

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PORTIAWILLIS 11/29/2012 6:22PM

    I am jealous. What state do you live in. Will have to plan a vacation there. The pictures are wonderful

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JUNEPA 11/29/2012 5:33PM

    Nice day !!

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STRINGI719 11/29/2012 3:32PM

    I've been reading the articles online about how they want to raze the old hospital. I sure hope they don't. That whole area is really neat, we loved doing the trail run up there in May!

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HAPPYDEM 11/29/2012 3:00PM

    I would've loved that hike, especially seeing the horses. I once tried to find trails or any sort of pretty wooded area near me but there's like, nothing. Boo.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/29/2012 2:35PM

    That was too cool!! Especially seeing the horses! I love those walks or hikes where no one is around and you can really enjoy the peacefulness of it all, like this! Very interesting about the old Fort - I love history and I would not want it torn down! We should preserve old buildings!
Thanks for stopping by and for commenting on my Slow Progress blog! Being such avid hikers, walkers switching off and on to our bikes would be a nice change of pace, I think. But, can understand about the hills! That is what is so nice about FL, mostly flat! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TX.PATRICIA 11/29/2012 1:54PM

    Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing.

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SWDESERTLOVER 11/29/2012 1:41PM

    I always love seeing your pictures, but it makes me really miss New Mexico. Thanks for sharing!

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GLADGAD 11/29/2012 1:13PM

    Wow! That's one of the best lunch hours I have ever heard about. Glad you had a nice day and enjoyed what looks to be a beautiful, relaxing, and soul cleansing hike.

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SONDRAJ20 11/29/2012 12:19PM

    Linda, What beautiful country and what great photos! I really can understand why you love to hike in such a magnificent setting. I also admire you for finding your way back. If I tried that hike they'd probably have to send out a search party because I have no sense of direction whatsoever - even with a GPS! Thanks for another great post.

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THESUBY 11/29/2012 12:10PM

    Nice pictures! Thank you for sharing!

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35ANGELS 11/29/2012 12:08PM

    I always love your hiking pics. Thanks for sharing.

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SEABREEZE64 11/29/2012 12:01PM

    What a great trail and "adventure!"

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NATPLUMMER 11/29/2012 11:51AM

    I can't blame you, I would have kept going as well :-)

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LILPAT3 11/29/2012 11:24AM

    Good job!

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40LESSOFERIN 11/29/2012 11:24AM

    Wow!! What an awesome walk! With all the pictures i felt like i was right there too...lol Looks like a beautiful place to live!
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