I was hoping that you could fake out a blog, but it seems that is not possible, unless I’m just missing something.
I wanted to go back in time and create some entries, but this thing seems too smart to let me insert posts for back in February.
I suppose what I can do is at least catch up for a bit of June and then try to be more diligent in getting at least some kind of entry posted from time to time.
So this entry will have have to go back to the fifth of June, a week after I restarted hiking in the Sandias. The work schedule and the massive amounts of snow kept me off the mountain for all of the spring. I hiked up for the first time since January on the 30th of May and then became determined to overcome boot issues to try and get back into shape for an upcoming marathon of hiking on the 4th of July weekend.
The route I take basically goes straight up through the center of the valley until it reaches a series of switchbacks just before the saddle. This is the shaded route and occasionally the sun breaks through the canopy to highlight the wildflowers.
This last flower reminds me of a miniature trillium, but I doubt that it is part of that family. The entire flower is just less than the size of a dime.