Hiking the Albuquerque Volcanoes in the Snow


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On the west side of Albuquerque there are the remains of five cinder cones. The Albuquerque Volcanoes, or Three Sisters as they are also known, formed as fissure eruptions in the middle of the Rio Grande Rift over 100,000 years ago. 

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The area around the volcanoes is crisscrossed with hiking trails. I have been thinking and planning to hike there for a while. Rattlesnakes and unshaded heat kept me away over the summer. So, Sunday morning I decided to check them out. I initially planned to drive out and take pictures and did not prepare for hiking.

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But that trail was just irresistable!

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So I decided to hike. I did have gloves, but was wearing tennis shoes and a jean jacket and NO hat. That kept the hike fairly short…frozen ears are no fun. I hiked to the scenic overlook and back which is one mile round trip. Not bad for the first hike in a long time.

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The view of Albuquerque from the overlook was pretty amazing!

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I will go back soon with better gear for hiking. It was a really fun way to start a morning!

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Sandstone

Layer upon layer of history
Embedded in the Earth
Colors interwoven
Golds, reds and tans
Occasional insect or leaf
Trapped within, fossilized forever
Water erosion exposing
Souls previously hidden
Traces of ancient upheaval
Scattered, confused
Eons pass in an instant
Layers submerge and reemerge
We are written there
Together
 Shawn Graybeal
April 30, 2005

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