SUMMER BEGINS! – The Northern New Mexico Loop

Original painting by E. Whitney (a favorite student of mine)

School is out. Oh ya.  It is time to hit the trail.

First up this summer Sally (Arrow) and I will be hiking the first half of Brett Tucker’s creation, “The Northern New Mexico Loop”. Brett Tucker has put together a number of very interesting and challenging routes. Three years ago Dan and I hiked Lowest to Highest, one of the routes.

The 500-mile loop starts in the middle of Santa Fe, then crosses the very swollen Rio Grande River (I borrowed a pack raft from Drop n’ Roll), then heads north through Bandelier National Monument and the Jemez Mountains, to the Valles Caldera, up onto the Nacimiento Plateau in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness, joining the Continental Divide Trail to famous Ghost Ranch, then we will end our trip at Cumbres Pass.

New Mexico is all new to me, so I am excited to find out what all that looks like.

After I return from this 2 1/2 week trek, I will be heading into the snowy Sierras to hike northward on the John Muir Trail with my family, Silly Chili, Stealthy, and Dan and 4 other amazing friends.

Today, I am on a plane headed for Santa Fe, New Mexico, then will start walking. It is going to be great.

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  1. Hamburger Helper

    Ah, my homeland, The Land of Enchantment! Make sure you find a place where you can stuff yourself with sopaipillas, and for sure green chile cheeseburgers. Remember, the official State Question is “Red or Green” so be ready to tell the waitstaff whether you want the hot or the mild sauce. Angel FIre has a very moving veterans memorial; the reflection chapel is quite moving. Happy trails!

  2. Oh yeah! Very much looking forward to your summer posts.

  3. What an awesome adventure! Thanks for the links to Brett Tucker and good luck on your 500-mile trek.

  4. Very cool. Can’t wait to see the desert photographs. Hope you have a great time and it is not too hot. Will you have to carry the pack raft the whole trip?

    Good luck in the Sierra’s; looks like there is still a ton of snow up there.

  5. I, for one, can’t wait to read about your adventure!

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