Aspen, initiating color change, carpets the rugged Sandia mountain peaks. Only a short drive and a two mile hike separates me from urban sprawl below. The view is always breathtaking, but the fall weather, lighting and autumn hues make it even more so. I’m always amazed by the contrast of the rugged rock being softly hugged by the aspen display. The affect on me is a soothing one, putting everything in balance. I hope that you, too, are taking a moment to reflect in nature.
Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.
Since moving to Albuquerque New Mexico in 2008, one of the things I have discovered about myself is that I love hiking. New Mexico’s weather is absolutely perfect for outdoor lovers; mild winters, 358 days of sunshine, picturesque landscapes and the biggest bluest skies I have ever seen, I spend as much time as I can in nature. Luckily I’ve stumbled on to a group of people with the same passion through Meetups. We hike in different towns most weekend. Oh yeah you can find fantastic hiking trails EVERYWHERE in New Mexico.
I’ve been to Jemez Mountains (pronounced HEH-mez) several times and below are pictures from some of my trips.
Highway 4 to Jemez Village
When you first enter Jemez via Highway 4, you are greeted by these towering red rocks.