George and Steve ready to go minutes before the start of the 50-Mile.
Rhonda with Steve and George, she would be doing the 50K. Her toughest to date.
First climb of the day.
The ridge above is only a false summit.
A view from the course high point - Caballo Mountain - 10,480 feet
Pajarito ski resort. The 50 mile course comes up and over the top and then goes straight down the main black diamond ski run!
Ugh. Someone got hurt. It's me, damn it! It turns out a be a ligiment tear and fractured ankle. I'm out of the Jemez 50 mile:-(
Larry would be my first-aid guide to the next aid station, Pipe Line, after 3 miles and 1170 feet of climbing, where I got a ride out.
I sure wish I could be running these beautiful single track trails....
A view from the top of this climb.
There is Rhonda making her way to the Pipe Line A/S - mile 19 for her.
Having fun on her kind of course.
A view of the Valles Caldera Preserve in which the 50 mile course runs straight through.
Another view of the Valle Caldera Preserve
What the hell... The frst ultra I have dropped out of becuase of injury.
A view of the Valle Caldera before the course dives off this cliff for a STEEP drop.
The Pajarito Ski Hill. The course comes over the top in the center and down the run just left of center.
Los Alamos, New Mexico down below.
The race start/finish line down below.
Rhonda in the final stretch.
Rhonda taking her victory lap!
10:19 her toughtest 50K finish.
The beatutiful landscape around Los Alamos, NM
That patch of snow is where part of the course went to.
Rock formations on the way to Bandelier National Monument
Rhonda in post race bliss.
A view of Frijoles Canyon where ancestral Pueblo people once lived.
Not the way we planned on seeing this national park. But still enjoying it.
Some of the cave dwellings were the Pueblo lived.
View of the Kiva ruins where the Pueblo people used to gather.
A ladder into one of the dwellings where the Pueblo people carved the soft rock cliffs to make their homes.
A view of what a cave dwelling looks like from the inside. Wilma!!! I'm home.
Back to civilization in the downtown Plaza in Santa Fe
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi near the Plaza
Antonio preparing our guacamole at our table. It was awesome!
A fancy salad for Rhonda.
One of the many museum's along the plaza area.
An art piece next to the Museum of Modern Art.
It's Santa Fe, there is art everywhere. Some Indian art I really enjoyed.
The tram ride to Sandia Peak in Albuquerque.
The Sandia Peak Tram has the longest span between tram towers in North America, two towers top to bottom.
Baca Canyon on the way to to Sandia Peak
Our Tram operator was great but I'm afraid she would hate me for this picture.
The sprawl of Albuquerque.
The restaurant from the top of the Tram.
Sandia Peak has a small ski area on the back side of the top.
Actually lower than the high point of the Jemez Mountain runs.
Thre pully system that makes this tram go.
Our tram ride back down is here. It was a great trip to New Mexico.