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Sunday's hike


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

This is what my yard looks like this morning.







Abigail was out with me for a few minutes and accummulated some snow on her in that short a time. Brought her back in with me but 10 minutes later she wanted back out again so I guess she wants to play in it a little longer. I'll have her back in soon. It's too cold for her to stay out there long, even with her heavy coat (labs have an undercoat and a top coat because they were bred for swimming in cold water) but since she's used to be an inside dog I won't leave her out long.



Last week we had beautiful days with temps in the upper 50's. Then Saturday it rained all day. On Sunday it was overcast and threatening to rain again but I wanted to go hiking so I took my chances and headed out. I was going to go to the Little Walnut area just out of town, where there are a lot of trees and networks of trails and the "forest" look but when I looked that direction there was some very dark threatening clouds. So instead I headed the opposite direction, back to Fort Bayard game preserve, where I've been lots of times. It didn't look quite as dark that way and about the sam amount of time to get there.

From the parking lot some clous on the horizon but also some blue patches.



The ground was not as muddy as I expected but there were some places where it was worse. These are not my footprints in the mud because I stepped on the side of the trail around it but someone before me really got in the mud!



The clouds obscure the top of the mountain in the distance



This part of the trail crossed a dry creek and I love the color of the brush in this area.



The trail gets to another part of the creek bed and follows it for a little. There are some spots with a little water in it and lots of dry places.





There is some water in these spots.





I had crossed the creek and followed a trail back toward the canyon through there on a trail I haven't gone on before. This part of the creek was still frozen solid from a few weeks ago when we had extremely low temps. I was surprised after the warm temps last week.





But a little further down is no ice.



I followed the creek and climbed over rocks at times just for the fun of it.







Eventually I climbed out of the creek area because it was headed back the direction I had come and I wasn't ready to go that way yet.



I kind of cut across country for a little bit in an area I hadn't been in since I was a teenager. I knew I would hit another trail or a fence though so I wasn't worried about getting lost. I did come to a fence and a trail that follows it and so I headed north on the that trail and knew I was headed for a place where different sections of fence come together. There are a number of fences in this Gila National Forest owned area, with gates that are not locked. They just have signs to close them because sometimes the forest service lets their horses loose in the off seasons in some of these areas and wants to keep them confined to the area they put them in.



In through this area it started raining lightly on me but I didn't care and kept going. The picture is a little hazy looking because of the rain up ahead of me a ways.





About 15 minutes later I came t the corral and the junction of the fences I'd mentioned. About that time the rain also stopped and I didn't get rained on anymore. This is also where I turned around.



I had a great time being out there. I ran into several others on the trail at different times too, so I wasn't the only one who braved the weather. This area is popular for hiking, mountain bike riding, and horseback riding but not so busy that you see people all the time. there is a lot of quiet solitude out there, and yet you know you aren't totally alone. There is also good cell reception out there in case it's needed. It's a great area and close to home. However when weather is better, I love the higher mountains and. Just so many great places to hike here.

Hope you enjoyed going along. The weather forecast calls for clear weather later this week and by the end of the week up in the 60's so I'm hoping to get into the trees then.
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REENSKI 2/3/2013 2:38AM

    Love the picture-beautiful! You have more snow than we do!
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63KEEPONGOING 1/31/2013 4:42PM

  I enjoyed this walk with you. Let's do another soon. emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 1/31/2013 1:08AM

    Loved the color of the brush there too! And that blue sky is gorgeous! What a difference in the weather! It sure has been crazy everywhere- I hate the ups and downs-the body can't adjust fast enough sometimes! We have had 20 degrees above normal-mid 80's! Not complaining though! emoticon
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DRB13_1 1/30/2013 4:17PM

    nice pictures
I'd like to carry some apple in my pocket in case I saw the horses

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ANDY_54 1/30/2013 3:10PM

    Thanks for taking us along on the trail. Love the pictures-very beautiful!

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SWDESERTLOVER 1/30/2013 10:11AM

    That was a nice hike! I loved all the pics, especially the frozen creek. Thanks for allowing us to go with you again.

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REGILIEH 1/30/2013 10:03AM

    I LOVED going along!!! That was quite a hike! I loved the snow too. We were at 77 yesterday and today 37! Crazy weather! I am in Oklahoma. emoticon for the hike and I am looking forward to going in the trees! emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 1/30/2013 5:56AM

    I'll bet Abby really loves the snow. Even my little fluffies (esp. Samurai) like being out there, altho we don't get as much as you did. I had to carry the chihuahua (Spartacus, the weasel) inside my jacket for over 3/4 of the walk this evening - 29 degrees!

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ANDYLIN90 1/29/2013 9:00PM

    Does Abigail hike with you? I'm really missing a dog to hike with. My last dog has been gone for 10 years and when she was alive, I wasn't hiking. I know you hike alone as I do and for me having a dog with me would make my husband feel better. Great pictures and enjoyed the hike with you.

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ARTJAC 1/29/2013 8:29PM

    beautiful plenty of wide open spaces emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/29/2013 8:13PM

    Beautiful pictures! You're lucky to live in such a beautiful area.

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STRINGI719 1/29/2013 4:01PM

    Can't believe that frozen creek!

Can we invite you down for a visit some day in February?

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/29/2013 1:21PM

    What a great hike and beautiful pictures. Abigail looks like she's enjoying the outdoors for a few minutes but I bet if she was out there for very long, she'd be eager to get back inside. She almost looks like she's wondering what's going on - what is all that white stuff anyway?

Thanks for sharing your hike with us, especially since I'm under the weather and having to miss my hikes this week - boohoo, I'm full of self-pity these days!! But enjoying it vicariously helps a little bit! Glad you got a chance to get out!
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NATPLUMMER 1/29/2013 11:45AM

    Beautiful!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 1/29/2013 11:05AM

    Your yard looks pretty in snow and your hike looks like fun! Your upcoming 60's sound so nice!

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COOP9002 1/29/2013 10:53AM

    Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing.

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JKNEPFLE 1/29/2013 10:43AM

    What a beautiful area to hike in! Keep up the good work!

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MICKEYH 1/29/2013 10:40AM

    Your place looks freezing!! Stay warm. Thanks for the blog. nice one as usual. emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 1/29/2013 10:27AM

  Nice blog. I enjoyed the pictures too. emoticon

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