Frijolies Canyon to E. Jemez River
So much contrast happened today I can hardly keep it straight.
I woke up to light rain during the night. Heaven.
The route continued through the Las Conchas fire area. It is covered a large area! Such devastation, but with that brings many lovely plants and revelations. We had many log crossings and with the heat I was super nauseous and dizzy. I ate a salt packet, sugar, and a drop of peppermint oil which helped a ton.
As the elevation rose, the cool air was amazing. Obsidian literally sprinkled the ground. Quite rare.
The next water source Upper Alamo Spring stunk and was polluted with at least a hundred cow pies. We grabbed water quickly and headed out of that place. Within 10 minutes a storm blew in. We hunkered down under a tree and pounding hail like I have never seen pelted and stung our backs. Nuts. Just a few minutes before we were hot!!!
Much of the rest of the day was spent hiking around the Valles Caldera. It is an enormous impression left by a volcano…open expanse.
We are camped at a lovely sheltered camp by flowing E. Jemez River. Another storm is definitely brewing.