Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dale Ball and Chamisa

Andy and I have been catching up on hiking the past couple weeks.  Last week we hiked Dale Ball.  At 7,000 feet above sea level, the Dale Ball trail has over 20 miles of routes that are a physically rewarding and really aren’t that hard.  There are a few heart-pounding uphill climbs, but it’s a beautiful hike that I can’t wait to try again.  

The weekend before we hiked Chamisa trail.   Day Hikes in the Santa Fe Area rates this trail as easy so I thought I’d be fine.  As far as technical aspects go it's a straightforward hike, but it was a lot of uphill!!  The trail starts at about 8,000 feet and goes up to a midpoint where several trails intersect.  Then, it goes back down to our destination, a meadow by the roaring Tesuque Creek. It was the perfect place to stop for an afternoon snack and to prepare for the hike back to our car.

Last month I purchased new boots and trekking pools.  I think the pools make hiking a little easier, but at the same time they help work the whole body.  I'm enjoying hiking more and more each time we go out and can't wait for this weekend's hike!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mom and Dad in Santa Fe

I was planning for a whole month to make my parent’s trip to Santa Fe perfect.  It was hard because they planned a trip in between their stay to visit my Aunt in Arizona. But I did clean the guest room top to bottom, found a couple easy hikes to take them on, horseback riding companies to try, and I even researched new restaurants for my dad since he doesn’t like spicy food.

Mom and Dad at Marble Brewery
My mom was able to witness the beauty of Santa Fe last year so this time around I was especially excited to show my dad our new town.  I was also very interested to see how my dad reacted to the culture.  New Mexico is a very different place and in my opinion you really have to learn to love it. It was quite entertaining to see him take it in, but I think he liked it in the end. He even tried some spicy food ... turn red and had to guzzle water, but he tried it!!

Dad enjoying Sunny Santa Fe
After the first full day I realized my plans were flying out the window … we were going to follow Tourist Ricci and Rodney.  Instead of horseback riding and hiking we went to a handful of bars and restaurants, walked the historic plaza, hit up Santa Fe Harley, and they were able to stay at my hotel.  My mom and I even had a spa day while the boys went to a shooting range.  Their visit was great, but it really went way too fast.

What a great time!!
Since we didn’t do everything I wanted during their stay I told them they HAVE to come back soon and this time for longer.  

I’ve already wrote a few things down for their next visit so I don’t forget!!