Monday is hiking day. Every Monday, yes even in the winter, Aaron and I go out into the wilderness to recharge our batteries, exercise our legs, wear out the dog, find some inspiration, explore new territory, you name it! It is our day for finding inspiration. Luckily, we live in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Within one hour in every direction of Albuquerque, there are some amazing places to explore. Since we both grew up in southern New Mexico, neither of us had explored much of the northern part of the state. So, after almost 9 years in the largest city in NM, and a great wilderness book Aaron received for Christmas, we have set out to expand our horizons past the hiking trails of the Sandia Mountains east of town. The Sandias are wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but you can still hear the hum of the city and run into lots of people there. The past couple of weeks we’ve headed northeast of town, up hwy 550 out of Bernalillo, to the Cabezon Peak WSA(wilderness study area) and the Ojito WSA. Yesterday, we even remembered to take the camera! The photos that follow are all from yesterday’s hike. I probably took close to 100 pics, so this is just a small sampling! There was an old abandoned ranch ruins, lots of great rock formations, even an old jail building. Osa was completely worn out, plus she ended up with several thorns in her paws which she proceeded to get in her mouth trying to chew them off. Took a few minutes of wrestling to get her still enough so Aaron could pull them out for her. Poor puppy! Other than that, she had lots of fun! We are looking into getting her some dog booties for future wilderness trips. Trails are not maintained, so at times they disappear altogether which resulted in our having to back track to find our way. It was all too fun though, picnicing on the rocks not to mention a beautiful day with temps in the low 70s! T-shirt weather, finally! Enjoy the photos and I will try to make this a regular weekly post, with photos and descriptions of our trips. Lots to do here in New Mexico, if you’ve never been here before, you definitely need to visit someday!