We went hiking this week on a trail off of Las Huertas Creek- just take 165 through Placitas to about mile marker 14 and you'll see a small parking area for about 7 cars. On the right is a dip and the beginning of trail. It's green, relatively untraveled with many wildflowers and flowering shrubs. It is quiet except for the utterances of an occasional bird or insect. The barrel cacti were showing off their magnificent deep red blooms and you meander through alpine and high desert zones. There are views of San Antonio on the back side of the Sandias and if you look closely there are rocks with fossils reminding you that what is 9000 feet above sea level used to be below the ocean. Without straining ourselves too much we were able to climb a ridge for more views looking west towards Placitas.
Albuquerque and Rio Rancho vanished as I immersed myself in the limestone and granite refuge of a late Spring rebirth.