So, finally I did the Buckman Mesa hike. I did not have to go alone. I had an excellent hiking companion, my neighbor’s dog Sammie. We bonded on this hike and are now the best of buddies. I wonder if she will go back to her owners when they return in a few days? (She will probably be overjoyed to see them.)
Almost ready to descend the mesa. The Sangre de Christo mountains in the background. Santa Fe is at the foot of those mountains. The snow covered peaks are about 12 000 feet high (4000 m). Good skiing up there.
Back at the bottom. Sammie is exploring the canyon walled arroyo. These walls are very soft, basically sand that has collected over the ages when the river has transported sediment as it has cut it’s way deeper and deeper into the landscapes. An arroyo like this is basically a dry river that can suddenly become very dangerous if a flash flood comes rushing, as a result of heavy rains far away.
Almost back at the car after just under three hours of hiking. The southern tip of Buckman Mesa towering behind us. A very nice experience.