We are back in hot country. The mountains were cool and beautiful and fun. But now it is back to the real world. Sigh!
First thing we did upon arriving in the mountains, we ate at the Hideout. Then we went to check in at our hotel. We definitely have our priorities right. It rained before we could get the car unloaded, and that was fine with us. New Mexico rain is just pretty wonderful.
After we settled in, Toby and Jesse went for a hike, and I went to do some porch sitting with my cousins. If porch sitting was an Olympic sport, I'd be a gold medal winner. While sitting and visiting, lightning struck just across the road. A plume of smoke went up from a telephone pole. It sounded like an explosion and the flash was awesome - scared the be-jeebeeze out of me! I felt a tingle down through my body. I immediately sent a text to Jesse and Toby to get out of the trees. I don't think that has ever happened to me in the mountains. Bac, in the 70's, there was a family killed while out riding motorcycles in the mountains. It had started raining, and they got under a large tree. So, I knew lightning could be dangerous, but that flash made a believer out of me. Jesse and Toby were fine - other than a little mud and cold wet feet from the rain.
We went out to eat at Texas Red's and met up with old friends. The two ladies in this picture have been friends since we were very young kids. Cindy (on the left) and I used to play in our "fort" down on the river. She got grounded by her parents for burning matches down at the fort. I don't know how her parents knew about the matches, but Cindy did manage to singe off her eye-lashes. Kim (in the middle) was my best foxy friend's baby sister. We've got lots of history between us.
On Friday, while I did more visiting, they rented mountain bikes and rode the trails at the Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski Area. They had a great time. I need to get Jesse to share some photos of their ride - I stole this one from her FB.
On Saturday, Toby stayed behind with me while Jesse took the cousins for a hike up Wheeler Peak. It is about a 20 mile hike - round trip. We had the family gathering with lots of food when they got down from the mountain. They were pretty worn out, but Jesse managed to go dancing that evening - never miss a good party. Here she is at the top. Here is the ridge going up to the peak. Here is the view from the peak including Horseshoe Lake below.