August's Liturgical Hike

Greetings All,

I'm sorry for the late posting about August's hike but our internet service has been on the fritz for over a week - some days it doesn't work at all and other days it works slowly and/or intermittently. According to the ISP, "they're working on it."

Please meet us in the St. Bede's parking lot at 8:30am on Sunday, August 2nd. We will leave there about 8:45am. At this point my hope is to hike a portion of the Winsor Trail from the lower Santa Fe Ski Basin parking lot to the point where it intersects the Big Tesuque Trail and then up the Big Tesuque Trail to the trailhead. It should be a very pleasant hike.

As always please remember to come prepared for the day with plenty of water, rain gear (although the forecast looks good at this point) and at least a hearty snack. It's always a good idea to keep the 10 Essentials of Hiking in mind and you can find a link to them at the bottom of this page under "helpful information" from the American Hiking Society.



P.S. Please email me with any questions as I am able to use my BlackBerry for individual email communications. Also, the photo above is a view from Deception Peak, which I have proclaimed the WitW "top of the" World Headquarters. ;)

July Hike: Reflections

If you read my previous post about our Valles Caldera hike on Friday, July 3rd, then this post will seem repetitive as I begin.

Sunday morning, July 5th, began for me as I suspect it did for many in Santa Fe - with a mad dash around the house to close windows as a very loud thunder storm began around 6:00am. As I watched the storm outside and got ready to meet everyone for our hike I wondered if anyone would be there given the intensity of the storm.

But by the time I left home the rain had stopped and it was sunny and clear to the west, which was a good "weather" sign for the rest of the day. However, I figured many folks would have already decided not to hike so upon arriving at St. Bede's I was surprised to find the wonderful gathering you see above. They seemed to know what I had begun to doubt, it was going to be a beautiful day for hiking in the Sangre de Cristos!

We did indeed have a wonderful time hiking the Norski Trail. The temperature was nice and cool, the wildflowers were beautiful and the Holy Spirit was definitely with us. We kept silence for a period of time which opened a whole new dimension to the experience - the sound of woodpeckers at work, the buzzing of insects, the chirps and calls of song birds, and the rhythmic sounds of our own breath as we hiked along. It was a blessed morning and I am so happy that we all decided to go in spite of the early morning thunderstorm.

Keep in touch and share with us how you have been experiencing the Holy in nature this summer.



Valles Caldera National Preserve Hike

Friday morning, July 3rd, was quite stormy in Santa Fe as our small group met at a local Starbucks before driving the one and a half hours up to the Valles Caldera National Preserve from Santa Fe. The forecast was for more stormy weather with heavy rain possible throughout the day and there was a real question about whether or not we should undertake a seven mile hike in the middle of an 89,000 acre preserve under such conditions, even if the Preserve staff would let us. But each of us was well prepared with rain gear, etc. and so we decided to give it a shot.

By the time we got there the weather was better. It was a wonderful day with light rain occasionally - the kind that quits as soon as everyone puts on his/her rain gear. The Colorado Blue Columbine pictured above is representative of the beauty we saw that day. I'm sorry to say that I didn't take any photos of the wild strawberry plants that were growing all along the way but I can tell you that, even though they were only the size of peas, they were the most flavorful strawberries we'd had - maybe ever.

I'm hoping to do more Valles Caldera hikes soon and will keep you all posted.