” I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Santa Fe Plaza to La Veida Trail – 8 miles
It is simple relief when a month of planning a trip with all the logistics and obstacles comes together. So far…this one is a winner.
Sally and I both successfully sent our resupplies, landed at the Santa Fe Airport, took Uber to the beginning terminus, the Santa Fe Plaza, ate at The Plaza Cafe that served grass-fed beef, and headed out walking out of town.
Very few hikers have walked this route: Brett, Not a Chance, Treehugger, and Arno. Sally and I will be the 5th and 6th. We are very thankful for Brett’s work and support on this adventure.
One of the obstacles this year is the crossing of the Rio Grande River in the first 30 miles of the route. A ford on a regular snow year is manageable, this year not so much. We are carrying rafts and paddles on our backs until our next resupply at La Cueva.
After getting off the plane and a 3:00 pm start, our sense of direction was so mixed up, we made some wrong turns getting out of Santa Fe. We laughed and soon hit the open land of Juniper and Pinon. New Mexico is quite fantastic.