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Finding Beauty Close to Home

Albuquerque, NM
The Famous Route 66

We stayed in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains on historic Route 66. It was my first time on Route 66, unfortunately, we didn't spend much time exploring it. We did play the classic Chuck Berry song while on it though. It's amazing the wildlife that grows regardless of climate. Every time we left the house we saw rabbits and while leaving the house one evening we even got to see a bobcat. I was thankful to be in a house that was surrounded by so much nature.

Trekking Near the House

There were a number of beautiful trails into the foothills near our house. One evening, my wife and I ventured out onto one before dinner. We began down the path and came upon a couple of large boulders stacked on top of each other. We, of course, climbed them. After taking a couple goofy pictures, we climbed down and continued on our path.

A Fork in the Road

We came to a fork in the path and opted to take the more rugged, primitive trail. We followed it along and made a few wrong turns here and there trying to stay on the path. Finally after walking on that path a good ways, we decided we didn't think it was prudent to continue on the trail. There were too many points that we could easily lose the trail on the way back. So we headed back before we got ourselves lost.

We came back to that fork and headed onto the other trail that is much more defined. Though even this trail had plenty of cacti protruding into the trail. You had to be watchful of where you stepped in some areas. At one point the road sloped downward pushing me to speed up my walk. At the bottom there to greet me was a cacti about chest high. Thankfully, I stopped prior to getting stuck.

At the crest of the hill we stopped and just admired the late afternoon Sun painting its golden rays on the foothills. This sun soaked horizon provided a beautiful scene for our evening hike.

Remember, Adventure is Calling!

August 15th, 2015