Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Taos Hiking Adventure 

Was awsome. It was a really great experience all around. The hike was pretty arduous. We did about 14 miles, gaining about 4000 feet in the process (and then going back down 3000 of it on the other side of the mountain). It was only a day hike, so there were no backbacks involved (other than a day pack with 4 liters of water and a sack lunch). If I'd had more than 25 lbs. on my back, I wouldn't have made it.

Here's the view from the top - Wheeler Peak (the highest point in New Mexico) is visible in the background:

Here's the whole crew once we got back to the bottom again:

I'll post some of my own pics later if I have a chance. Overall the hike was excellent and it was a great bonding experience. I really got to know the people I work with here much better and the more I get to know them, the more I like them. That's always a good sign.

I learned that quitting smoking can cause you to breathe with greater ease...who knew? I also learned that if you don't work out for months on end or do any kind of cardio, then you hike 14 miles at altitude on steep grades, your legs feel like they are going to fall off for three days following the experience. But I'm more or less recovered now.

After hiking all day Saturday, we took over the nicest restaraunt in town and the debauchery began. It didn't end until about 3:30 in the morning. A good time was had by all, except the few people who didn't realize that shots and altitude don't mix right in certain members of the population.


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