Winter Break

It only takes one day of warmer-than-normal temperatures for me to forgot all my complaints about winter weather in Albuquerque. The hike that we picked yesterday was a good one for making the most out of the break from the cold. Three Gun Spring Trail is on a south-facing slope of the Sandias, capturing the sun’s warmth, which is then held in by the surrounding canyon walls. The leftover snow on the trail at the higher elevations was no hindrance for walking and the snow that we could see on the northern slopes in the distance added extra beauty to the scenery.

Promise of a good hiking trail and the return of New Mexico blue skies.
Promise of a good hiking trail and the return of New Mexico blue skies.

Looking south at snow on northern slopes of Manzanitos.
Looking south at snow on northern slopes of Manzanitos.
Some leftover snow on Three Gun Spring Trail at higher elevations.
Some leftover snow on Three Gun Spring Trail at higher elevations.
Intersection with Embudo Trail.  A short trip down this trail brought us to our lunch spot.
Intersection with Embudo Trail. A short trip down this trail brought us to our lunch spot.
Nothing like a rocky outcrop overlooking the city for a good lunch spot.
Nothing like a rocky outcrop overlooking the city for a good lunch spot.
Looking west at Albuquerque and Mt. Taylor in the distance.
Looking west at Albuquerque and Mt. Taylor in the distance.

Looking south at Interstate 40 where it passes through Tijeras Canyon.
Looking south at Interstate 40 where it passes through Tijeras Canyon.

Three Gun Spring is not a new trail for us. In fact, it’s one of the very first trails we ever hiked in the Albuquerque area, during our 2-week stay here in 2012 when we were traveling the US, trying to decide where we wanted to live. As we hiked it once again yesterday, it was a reminder of all that drew us to this area in the first place and a promise of the good things yet to come as we continue to wander and wonder our way through New Mexico’s beauty and enchantment.

Author: bjregan

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

One thought on “Winter Break”

  1. Beautiful photos! Makes me want to get back out there. I’ve been sick in bed since New Year’s Eve and finally getting over it a little.

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