Saturday at 3:02 P.M.

Rio Grande view

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

This spot is only about half a mile down the trail. Of course you’ve seen this view before. It’s always different, though, and alters my consciousness every time. The air on Saturday was so clean and cool (about 16°C/60°F), it burned my throat. We went three miles, and that was plenty—funny how it sometimes is and sometimes isn’t. But we were pumped for hours afterwards. Just knowing that you did the thing can make you come alive and whoop.

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  • Garrett November 14, 2017, 2:05 AM

    Love the post hike pump! Just think it will be 70 degrees today! As a skier I worry about the snow, but I’m thinking a nice hike is mandatory. Maybe Williams Lake. Any suggestions to enjoy this crazy weather! Living in paradise does have its advantages, along with many challenges.

    • JHF November 15, 2017, 12:05 AM

      Where’d you go?

      • garrett phipps November 15, 2017, 6:10 AM

        I must confess that I didn’t go for the massive hike I was contemplating, but instead went horizontal at the north rim loop, which was just what I needed. It was funny when my 6 mo old puppy got a clear view of the vertical drop, he sat transfixed for a couple minutes. May be anthropomorpic, but it seemed as if he was contemplating the sublime beauty.

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