Monday, March 26, 2012

A Hike up Guadalupe Mountain

Yesterday was just a wonderful day.  You know those days? Where everything is just amazing and awesome? Yeah, that.

Since we got here we haven't done much in the way of exploring or enjoying our new state, partially because of money but also because of laziness. And the fact that Robbie and I are certified homebodies. Sometimes I really feel like we just picked our life up in Wilton and dropped it here, does that make sense? I was pretty excited, then, when Rob had the idea of going hiking on a mountain about two and a half hours north of here.

The drive was beautiful and a guy with a barbed wire tattoo told me my tattoos were "fierce." What a compliment, am I right?!

The hike was totally deserted which is just how we like our hikes.  I did have to stop pretty frequently to catch my breath.  I have a strong fear of closed-in places, and the thinner air here causes me to hyperventilate at the slightest hint of physical activity.  I'm ashamed sometimes that I'm not more of an outdoor girl, but that's fodder for another post.

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The strangest and most unexpected aspect of the hike was the mud and snow.  75 degrees outside, sun shining, and yet we found ourselves traipsing through snow.  BIZZARO WORLD, I tell you. It ended up being totally worth it though, because the view from the top was just lovely.

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Cypress was caked in mud from the hike so on the way back we stopped at the Rio Grande to give her an ersatz bath. Is it weird that I think it's cool that Cypress got to swim in the Rio Grande? Probably, but here we are.

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When we got back into Santa Fe, we picked up Indian food from a restaurant we hadn't visited yet (it was amazing, especially the mango lassi.

After a filling Indian dinner, we watched the Mad Men premiere which was as awesome as I thought it would be, then snuggled in bed to MST3K before falling asleep by 10.

A simple day, yes, but a wonderful one.  We are only a week away from Rob starting the fire season so I'm trying to soak all his time up that I can now.  With each day that passes I get more nervous but also more excited for him.

Also, funny story: as usual I was super jumpy the entire time for fear of seeing a tarantula or rattlesnake. I kept seeing pinecones that looked like the one below and thinking they were giant hairy insects, and Rob had a hearty laugh at my spaz-itude. I thought you might as well.

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15 comments:

  1. What a lovely day. Glad you are exploring your new world.
    I would have thought that was a crazy bug too.

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  2. SUCH pretty pictures! Maybe I really will come to New Mexico ;)

    No but really, love that pic of you in shorts in the snow. HA. Awesome! Looks like you guys are slowly starting to explore & having fun doing it together. :)

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  3. I love the picture of Cypress trying to get some of your lunch. And the pinecone. To be fair, I would have thought that was a tarantula too.

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  4. That looks like an awesome day out. To be fair, that pincone does look like a giant insect of some description. I can't blame you for jumping.

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  5. Aw, I love the one of you and Cypress! And that DOES look like a huge creepy bug.

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  6. sounds like a great day! sometimes the most simple days are the best days. we too have a fairly mellow evening and since we're homebodies too, it was perfect! ;)

    i love that photo of you eating and looking at cyprus hahah!

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  7. Look at you all super cute in your hiking gear ;-)
    I absolutely loved your day yesterday! Also I think its pretty awesome that Cyprus swam in the Rio Grande, I mean who gets to actually do that?

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  8. Looks like a lot of fun! Yay weird snow in warm weather, haha. And I would totally do a double-take at those pinecones. They definitely look creature-y.

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  9. You're so fierce Caitlin!

    Also, you all looked like you had a blast! And Cyprus swimming the Rio Grande? HOW awesome!

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  10. love this! jon and i are huge outdoorsy people. isn't amazing when you hike such elevations what you will encounter? we hiked in telluride once in the summer and at the bottom of the mountain it was so warm but we hiked so high that we ended up in a foot of snow! i didn't have the hairy tarantula fears but i did have the black bear or wild mountain lion fears!!

    glad you guys are embracing the world around you out there. enjoy this time with rob ;)

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  11. Now you look like a true southwesterner, shorts in the snow because 'aw, hell, it ain't cold!'
    I've still never tried Indian food! I need to! And also, I would have freaked out over those pinecones too. Any time I get a loose hair on the back of my arm I assume it's a blood-thirsty insect out to get me!

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  12. thats so crazy to have the snow in that weather! i love the one of cypress looking at you eating. that totally reminds me of how cyrus used to be, like so close but being passive aggressive lol. and i'd totally think that pinecone was a fuzzy bug too lol

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  13. I haven't been on a hike in SO long! These pictures make me wanna go! I love that picture of Cypress just looking at you. "So... watcha eating?"

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  14. Yayyy how beautiful! I love that area so muchhhhh. Want to be there right MEOW! What a fun day for you two cuties.
    <3
    That pine cone TOTALLY looks like a bug!

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