New Mexico Blue

We welcomed back our New Mexico blue skies today by taking an exploratory hike at Golden Open Space. After ruining Mother’s Day with a wicked windstorm, a mass of cold air to the north of us hung around for 2 days, bringing overcast skies with it. 2 days without my New Mexico sunshine makes me want to crawl under a warm blanket and not come out till the sun does. This was the day the weatherman assured us we could wave goodbye to the cold front. What more appropriate name to celebrate being outdoors again than “Golden Open Space”.

This wasn’t the first time we have hiked here. The first time was in the fall, and then we went there again as an end-of-the-year hike. One of the things we enjoy about the area is that, although there is an established trail, there are arroyos and canyons off the beaten path that you can explore easily without getting lost. Each time we have walked in some new areas, as well as on familiar parts. And since this was our first time to go there in the spring we enjoyed sighting some spring flowers along the way.

Pricklypear cactus flowers
Pricklypear cactus flowers
Fendler's bladderpod up close.
Fendler’s bladderpod up close.
Fendler's bladderpod along the trail.
Fendler’s bladderpod along the trail.
Unidentified flower
Unidentified flower
Indigobush
Indigobush
New Mexico blue skies!
New Mexico blue skies!

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Apache plume.
Apache plume.
A familiar rock in one of the arroyos.
A familiar rock in one of the arroyos.

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Exploring a new arroyo
Exploring a new arroyo

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Indian paintbrush.  How can anything grow in such a rocky place?
Indian paintbrush. How can anything grow in such a rocky place?

GPS Track on Every Trail

Author: bjregan

Enjoying retirement activities. Main goals for retirement are to stay spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.

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