8 Jun 2013

Fires and La Luz

Pronghorn antelope in the back yard. Our last house was near BLM land

Horses lazing in the heat near the finish at Jemez

Full moon in the early morning while running with Hud at Galisteo. Hud is having a great time being a bad dog chasing jackrabbits and disappearing over ridges. He has no chance of catching them

Healer's house in the tiny town of Galisteo

Unfortunately there are two large fires near Santa Fe - one in the Pecos Wilderness and one in the Jemez Mountains. They've been burning over a week now. I had hoped to run Pecos Baldy and to a ghost town but they are now off limits

Pecos - what we see from 15 miles as the crow flies and then what a volunteer fire fighter sees (Jason Lombard)

Jemez from 40 miles and at the scene (Dark Glass Photography)

Work was a sweat shop this week as budgets were due Thursday - so took Friday off and went for a run at the Dale Ball trails

Monday they are closing the Sandias (fire risk) so ran La Luz today. I heard about the La Luz trail race - a 9-mile race that only goes up - over 4,000'. You can either run back down (Hahaha) or take the Sandia Peak Tramway

My Sierra Club "Day Hikes" book was very specific - if I started at the lower tram and took a detour to summit Sandia Crest (10,678') and then on to the upper tram, it would be 8.9 miles. Somehow it ended up being 11.9 miles with 4,567'

The first few miles were pretty easy

The next 5 miles or so were enjoyable although no shade. Sandia Crest is on the top right - you can faintly see the towers

After 7 miles hit some shade and it was very pleasant for a mile

After a mile running over large rocks it was a short steep hike to the summit. The views were great but the summit was lame - a parking lot and gift shop

1.5 miles later and I was at the upper tram just as Maureen arrived

On the road to La Luz there were Buffalo - owned by the Pueblo of Sandia