After a lazy start to our Saturday we asked each other what tasks or plans we might want to accomplish with the rest of our day. My conclusion was that I would lounge a bit longer in my easy chair and then maybe I would be inspired about what to do next. Before long, an idea popped into my head which required me to get up and log in to my computer. I was just warming up at the keyboard when the phone rang. “We’re getting our stuff together now to head out for a hike,” my friend said, “and wondered if you guys wanted to join us.”. Wow, what could be better than going hiking, even on a day when we were planning to just be lazy.
Our friends were patient enough to wait for us to get ourselves ready and even offered to come by and pick us up. One of the many benefits of hiking is that it doesn’t take long to make a sandwich, fill up water bottles, grab a day pack and head out the door. When Ken and Sue drove up we were already outside waiting.
The trail they had selected was a short drive from town. What I feared would be a late start, turned out to be plenty of time to accomplish the goal.
The plan was to start near Placitas at the Tunnel Springs trailhead, a starting point for hiking up the North Crest Trail. We would go partway up that trail to the intersection with the Ojo Del Orno Route, a shortcut, steep descent back down to the starting point. I much prefer going up steep trails and suggested reversing the loop so that we would do the Ojo Del Orno first. The majority agreed so we quickly found ourselves huffing and puffing our way up to the Crest Trail.
As always, the energy expended is well worth it for the awesome views from the top and the knowledge that the way back down will be much easier. A short distance south along the Crest brought us to an overlook with a rock bench, perfect as a place to enjoy our lunch. After lunch, turning back north along the Crest, we still had the majority of the miles for the loop left to do. But it was easy walking with more views and wildflowers along the way, ending the day with a sense of accomplishment, grateful for another opportunity to get out and enjoy this beautiful land.