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.



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