Finally, a weekend off! Yay! My schedule has tough for the past 3 months, in that I have worked every weekend, which makes it tough to get together with friends who work the normal M-F. My assignment ended on Friday, so my friend & I celebrated Saturday with a nice long hike in the Mountains above Santa Fe. I thought I'd share a few pics...
Our hike started out at the Ski Basin, above 10,000 ft... and a chilly 34 degrees!
A fair amount of the lower trail was icy as we had snow a few weeks ago and it hasn't gotten warm enough in the mountains to melt completely... just enough to start to melt & then refreeze, which made for some slow going & careful steps!
|Penitente, Lake & Deception Peaks|
The view as we climbed higher, looking towards the 3 Peaks.
(which is also a great hike, by the way!)
Climbing higher still, we make it to the saddle & look up toward our destination, Santa Fe Baldy @ 12,622 ft!
Yup, that's me... crossing the windswept ridge to the Summit. It looks so sunny & warm, but the wind was icy!
The views are amazing in all directions~ from rocky ridges & outcroppings...
to alpine lakes & mountains as far as the eye can see!
(Click to enlarge any of these for a better view!)
Looking down towards the ridge, it's time to descend...
back into the forest, with the sun casting late afternoon shadows.
Passing stands of Aspen that have lost all their gorgeous fall color... but still look lovely to me!
Leaves frozen in creeks display their own wintery beauty!
I did get a few cool "creeksicle" shots, but I think they deserve their very own post... so stay tuned! Until then, wishing everyone a wonderful week!