Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rockhound State Park and Spring Canyon State Park, New Mexico

Based on limited data (n=several), I have decided that I feel best with a mountain next to me. Second-place goes to an ocean.

In New Mexico state park language, that means that Oliver Lee and Rockhound are in my Top 2.

It doesn't hurt that it's spring in the desert, which rocks rocks.

You do not see me.

I am a rock. I am an island ... no, I'm just a rock.

I'm not especially ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.


This is kind of a crap picture, but it's a tarantula hawk, so it made my cut.

Spring Canyon State Park is a day-use-only park, open Wed-Sunday until late afternoon.

I will skip the saga of the unrated (super-strenuous) trail up the mountain to Lover's Leap (".5 miles"). Those lovers did not leap - they slipped.  I'll just say that 18 miles in, I sat on a rock and waited for my hiking buddy to check out the peak and return. I fell 27-1/2 times, and nothing doesn't hurt.

This blog post is brought to you by Deming McDonald's and too much coffee.

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