Deb and KZ head down the hill from the front porch to FR 10, aka Ponderosa Road.
Looking back at our house which we won't see for another 10.5 hours.
Gibbs is watching us leave from the deck, wishing he could come. Marley was barking at us because she wasn't sure it was us.
FR 10, the start of the M2M50K
Looking back at Redondo at 8am.
KZ heading up the switchbacks on FR10
KZ at the cattle guard at the top of the switchbacks, this is around 8500'
FR269 (San Juan Mesa)
This was our typical morning footing
Looking SE towards ABQ.
Looking East at Cerro Del Pino to the right and Cerro Pelado to the left
On we go...
Getting a little lower now and dirt is appearing undefoot
Lunch for KZ
Rock formations to the East
KZ at the gate on San Juan Mesa Rd before we drop down the switchbacks into Ponderosa
More dirt underfoot, deb up ahead...
Petraglyphs on the rocks...are they ancient or modern?
KZ running down behind me in a shady spot, so more snow
Road down there is where we go
Deb coming down the bottom of 269, aka San Juan Mesa Rd
Rock cliffs to our right
Cacti in the snow
Mountain lion tracks and they were fresh
Here's a scale, Deb's a women's size 9.
She figured this was a momma and kit.
Signs of civilization
Don't know what this is/was
Nice view looking south
Ancient artifact? Mixing bowl of some sort?
Outskirts of Ponderosa
KZ enjoying the view
Deb and KZ making some time on a good dirt downhill
Old truck left in a yard
Deb asked me to take this for painting
Ranch with VW bus and old truck
Now on the intersection of San Juan and rte 290
Looking back from where we came
On the road for about a mile
Adobe along the road
Nice raven gate
Turkeys in a yard
Another old adobe
and another...this one's for sale!
Neat old sign
From now on, until we got up onto Cat Mesa it was all mud, deep mud.
This little dog came out to greet Deb and KZ.
More old cars parked in a yard, it was riddled with bullet holes.
The gate onto Cat Mesa and Bridge Rd.
It was locked and we had to hop it.
Eating lunch on the go
Some nice rock formations along the way
Deb and KZ coming up behind me trying to avoid the mud...it was impossible.
We needed to follow this road to and around that mesa to the left.
7 foot Cholla cactus
Like a mini Grand Canyon down here...
Back in the snow, but the mud wasn't done with us yet.
The going was much slower than we thought it would be.
Now a steep, rocky road
Interesting rock formations along the way
KZ still trying to avoid the mud
The southern end of cat Mesa
It was a mess...
First view of Redondo Peak since this morning.
Redondo is across Rte 4 from our house, so is a beacon for us.
Footing was terrible the rest of the way home
Looking to the north at Virgin Mesa above Jemez Springs
Virgin with the Nacimientos behind it
This is the spot where the Padre Alonzo trail drops down into Jemez Springs.
Sunset is coming
It's now nighttime and we have about 5 miles to go
Footing was worse than this looks
Going down the Caldwell trail, about 3 miles from home...only animals have tracked this out.
Although it doesn't look it, it was steep downhill in about 8 inches of snow.
Good Hardrock training!