Two weeks ago, I attended a Department of Labor conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’ve driven through northeastern New Mexico many times on my trips home to Texas from when I was stationed at Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls, Montana. And Brian and I spent a long weekend in Santa Fe at the opera several years ago. But this was my first trip to Albuquerque.
I went out a day early so I could get some sightseeing and hiking in. I started the day at Petroglyph National Monument, which offers several desert hikes. I began with the Rinconada Canyon Trail hike. It’s a fascinating mixture of desert landscapes, ancient lava fields, and Native American petroglyph carvings. There were lots of small finch-like birds in little colonies among the rocks. And I actually saw a tarantula, but it hid before I could get a photo.
This one is very interesting. It was carved on an angle of the rock to give the face a 3-D effect.
After I finished at Rinconada Canyon Trail, I did the 5-mile hike at Three Sisters Volcanoes, also in Petroglyph National Monument.
After the Sisters, I changed terrains completely and hiked the “Five Hills of Death” trail in Tijeras, about 20 miles east of Albuquerque. Isn’t that awesome?!? How could one not want to hike something called the Five Hills of Death? Luckily, I lived to tell the tale…