Takin’ It Easy

February was a pretty tough month for me for a bunch of reasons I’m not going to get into and so rather than Abbs and I huffing it up and down the mountains we spent a couple weekends relaxing with Tom as a threesome, just enjoying some chill time together.

The first of our unwinding days we went for family walk in Windmill Canyon at the base of the Florida Mountains. The trail, which begins at around 5,000 feet, was uncharacteristically warm and sunny on the first Sunday in February and before noon we’d shed our outer layers as we marched uphill into the bowl of the rocky canyon.

Somewhere past the one mile mark up the old jeep road (which we were walking and definitely NOT driving) formations rise at the north and south points, marking a dramatic entrance into the bowl and the unveiling of the surrounding pointed peaks. As you pass below these sentinels the feeling of insignificance briefly takes over but emerging into the upsloped bottomlands of the canyon it once again feels as spacious as any place in the high desert. We cruised around the flats for awhile pointing out potential routes up to the ridgeline, but stayed true to our goal of having a easy day, declining to ascend any of the ridges or summits. This of course meant we foregoed any chance of spotting the elusive ibex, but there’ll always be next time.

And then it was our anniversary weekend. To celebrate 5 years together, Tom booked us an overnight in the town of Ruidoso in the mountains where we indulged in a couple easy walks at Cedar Creek and Grindstone Lake with some all-important brewery breaks in between. Though daytime temperatures were a bit chilly we hiked under full sun both days and even managed to have a couple beers at our beloved Lost Hiker Brewing Company on their patio. Can I just say how much I love these southern mountains where even winter sun is warm?? This was definitely a rejuvenating weekend, one to be cherished.