Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saturday hike

"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
~ Herman Melville

We got up this morning and decided it was the perfect day for a hike. We've had almost winter weather for the past week so we wanted to take advantage of the sun.

We headed out on Midland, which is the road across the river from us. Fortunately, one of the two bridges across is right by our home. I thought I would take DH on the Red Mountain Trail that I had hiked on this past winter with my hiking buddy. (Who, by the way, is spending this month hiking across the state of New Mexico!) A very nice lady was gardening in her yard near the start of the trail and pointed us in the general direction. However, a few minutes later when things didn't look familiar to me we asked some young mountain bikers if we were headed correctly, and they told us we weren't.

Fearing that we'd get into something we might regret, I thought it prudent to just forget about this hike and head back to town until I got a map. The nice lady from earlier asked us if we'd found the trail and when we said, "No," she proceeded to take us to the trailhead herself! A little hiking angel. And, by the way, the part she took us on turned out to be the steepest of the whole trail. What a sweet lady.

A sweet sign on a bench we passed.

Near the start of the trail.

The usual warning sign. Today, even more important:
The bears are back!


Beautiful views and a little stream.

The area we were hiking was burned in a terrible fire about nine years ago but is coming back to life. Most, if not all, of the trees were destroyed, and what remains are charred.

Made it back home before the afternoon thunderstorm!


yammy said...

Its always nice to be reminded that there are good people in this world! When Lamar and I got of track while biking a few weeks ago, a nice guy stopped and went over the route with us and told us where we got off track.

Bella said...

There are angels all around us!

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