Near where we parked....
Deb heading up the arroyo where the trail begins
The mesa we are heading to
Gibbs checking out the action
Looking down where we are parked in front of the Jemez HS track
Deb and Gibbs heading up the red dirt
Nice views all around
This is why i wanted back here so much!
Me and Gibbs (notice the shorts?)
Jemez Mountains in the far background
We are all happy we're not in New Hampshire, where this morning it was 13 below zero!
Deb's doing great after her truck accident just 6 weeks ago!
Our Gibbs...he's the nicest dog.
Deb making a cairn so we can find the trail again later this afternoon
Camino Amarillo is the name of this road that winds up to the top of the mesa from Rte 4
The road switchbacking up to the top of the mesa, notice it going on and around to the right.
We decided to take a different road up to the top of Datile mesa to see if we could get to Cat Mesa, which goes to our house.
Mountain lion tracks
Here we decided to bushwack up to the top of one of the hills....good Hardrock training!
Still heading up
An impressive adobe down below....this was a ways down, I zoomed way in to get this shot
Same shot at normal zoom
It's getting downright hot now!
Looking back down the road we came up...a good western movie could have been filmed up here!
Looking south towards Albuquerque
More interesting flora
Redondo Peak up near our house showing itself
Here we are going backcountry up a hillside....just to see what's up there. We built cairns along the way to help us find our way back
All the terrain is of course dependent on elevation. Here we're 2000 feet below our house, and so there's basically no snow, and it is mesas and junipers and pinon pines.
Looking north at Redondo Peak from the top of the Mesa
Deb cairn building...
Looking at the background and the Jemez shows how much we've climbed already
We found a road and some tire tracks up on the mesa..so we decided to follow them
Gibbs cooling off in the warm temps
We think Coyote burrows
The road to somewhere
Interesting cliffs and tent rocks off to the side
Gibbs drinks from a water bottle
Here we came upon a cattle gate, went a little further and turned around, we had been out for 2.5 hours at this point
No exit, but Deb went anyway
We had no idea what these were, but they are really old and have something to do with the cows or cowboys back many years ago. Deb guessed they might have been something to tie the horses to???
Gibbs siting amongst the spines...he got some cactus spines in his paw from a prickly pear and we had to stop and do some surgery earlier. He did not complain (good dog!) even though some of the spines were in very deep. He allowed us to pull them out - one was almost a half in. deep and bled quite a bit.
A pottery shard left from an ancient local Indian tribe...most likely the Jemez (Hemish). Some of these can be 1500 years old....we left it behind as is asked.
Looking at the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque (far background)
Looking down at the Jemez Pueblo
Same shot as earlier in different light
Another shot of the Sandias looking south
Lake down below...not many of those in these parts
Back down the road we came up
I think John Wayne was here once upon a time
Back on Camino Amarillo
Where we were up on that Mesa...and some dogs wanting a piece of Gibbs
The rental we have...we're hoping to come back next Saturday to do more exploring on the southern side.
These next bunch of pictures I took on Jan 29th...temps near 60!
This is Wilbur, a local Jemez Springs dog who decided to follow us....and he did great!
Gibbs in his new pack....this is Hardrock training for Gibbs, he has to carry his own water, and anything that Deb finds on the trail, including petrified wood and a conglomerate rock ;-)
I have no idea why I took this photo
Some of the views from up on the Mesa...this is looking south towards the Jemez Pueblo
Nice gorge in the middle there. The lighter trees in the background are cottonwoods along the Jemez River. Jemez Mountains in the far background.
That cut in the upper right of the Mesa is the road we took to where we are
Another shot of the road that led us here
Me and the boys...
Deb looking mighty fine!
Caves in the rocks along the road
These very geometric dugouts in the cliffside were interesting, obviously from some ancient Indian tribe, the Hemish...too bad the sun bleached the photo out.
Another road we followed....we must have followed 4-5 roads that just ended up as a dead end. Some places we bushwhacked through cactus and scrub brush to get to another one.
10K+ Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque in the distance
Another nice view...al painting fodder for Deb
An Arroyo we crossed to get to another road on a different mesa. On a summer day this would be full of rattlesnakes...but this is January....and it's 60 degrees!
Deb and the boys doing some cross country...watch out for the prickly pear cactus that is everywhere!
Last week we had to lie Gibbs down to get some spines out of his feet.
Yes, I am in a short sleeve shirt...if still in NH, where I was a couple of weeks ago, I'd have at least 5 layers on!
Deb had to get a picture of me running in summer running clothes ;-) It was awesome!
Another possible painting scene
And another of a box canyon below
These pics don't show the reality of how this looked...
That is Ponderosa down below
Redondo peaking over San Juan Mesa...our house is across the road from Redondo Peak
Another shot looking down at Ponderosa, a real cowboy town.
Closeup of Ponderosa
Deb in fine running form, just 5 weeks post accident.
Deb's "Runnin' with the Pack"
(Bad company for those that don't know)
Deb calls this "Open Range"