4 Mar 2013

Sandia Crest and Jemez Trails

A great weekend playing in the various mountain ranges. There are three within an hour drive - the Sangre de Cristo, the Jemez and the Sandia - and we hit them all

Friday we ran Atalaya. Ended up 6 minutes shy of my best time last May so was pleased - especially since I had to put traction on for the last mile and was confused by the "L". After putting the "L" on my left foot I was baffled how I still had an "L" in my hand. So I switched. Finally realized "L" stood for Large, not Left

Afterwards we went to the town of Lamy just 5 miles past our house. Population: 137. It has a railway museum and for some reason an Amtrak station. Lamy also has a small claim on New Mexican folklore

There are multiple accounts, particularly in the Santa Fe New Mexican at the time (March 26, 1880) of a sighting of a "fish-shaped balloon" which contained "about ten human occupants" from which was heard singing, music, and shouting "in an unknown language". A rose tied to a letter written with "unknown characters" and a cup of "unusual workmanship" were reportedly dropped from the vehicle. According to accounts, the following day a person unknown to residents purchased both items for "a large sum of money", declaring them "of Asiatic origin"

Even has it's own entry in the URECAT (UFO catalogue)

Lamy today:

Saturday morning with Hudson

Later we headed up to Placitas, just northeast of Albuquerque, to the Tunnel Spring Trailhead in the Sandia mountains. The Sandia Crest trail is 26 miles long and is the best trail I've been on this year

Came across this cool Buffalo bench after. It's for sale. Tempting...

Sunday we headed up to Los Alamos to run part of the half-marathon course. It was great. Maureen was running pretty fast so we met up after 5 miles just before the steep climb

After my run I went into town to get drinks. Then Maureen called - she had missed a turn and was a few miles off-course. Fortunately she flagged someone down who was nice enough to drive her back. She pulled up in a big ol' OHV

Fun week and my best running since late November - 48 miles with 6,400'

And to clarify my last post re: work, here is a pic of my bosses JR and Bill Hague