On The Trail To Chimney Rock

Yesterday we drove over to Ghost Ranch — Georgia O’Keeffe’s old stomping grounds — and hiked up to the top of Chimney Rock butte.  It’s about a three-mile hike, round trip, heading up and then scrambling down more than 600 feet.


The trail is classified as easy to moderate, but it was complicated significantly by a lot of mud and some icy patches.  Fortunately, the welcome center offers walking sticks, and we took them up on their offer.  The walking sticks came in handy as we navigated the trail switchbacks and tried to avoid spills on the icy sections.


The last section of the hike was especially steep and icy, but once we reached the top the view made the hard work all worthwhile.  The butte is an outcropping that gives a commanding view of the surrounding countryside.  We felt we could see for miles.  The views on the way back down weren’t bad, either.

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Tree, Sky, And Shadow

The fine Georgia O’Keeffe museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, teaches that beauty can be found just about anywhere — in skyscrapers, in flowers, in barns, in the rugged landscape of New Mexico . . . and in trees. So when I left the museum and saw this tree framed against the adobe walls of the museum, with the sunshine etching an intricate shadow on the wall, I had to let my inner O’Keeffe snap this photo.