Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Backpacking in Bandelier

This was a first for me. Sure, I've been camping, and I've even hiked in a mile or two to my camping spot. But backpacking in the wilderness for 3 days? Nope. Hadn't done that before. I had a great time, and I plan on doing it again, but I wouldn't recommend northern New Mexico as a starter point for new backpackers. I'd probably suggest somewhere pretty, with green and shade. However, if you're heart is set on New Mexico, Bandelier is a pretty cool place. It's famous for the ancient cliff dwellings where Native Americans lived once.

Day 1: We hiked along the trail until we came to a sweet cave with a reconstructed ceremonial house.

Then we hiked along this "river" until we realized we were on the wrong trail. At that point, we were several miles into the canyon. No biggie - we can just climb up the side of the mountain to get on the correct path! So, that's what we did. And nobody died (which was somewhat surprising).

 Day 2: We hiked about 7 miles, with 5.5 of it being a loop. The first half of the loop looked like this:

 barren desert with no shade. It was a little bit miserable until we got to a different canyon with a little stream. We took off our shoes and walked in the water a while. It felt so nice! Then we headed back toward camp to stop for the day.

Day 3: We hiked the 5 miles back to the visitor center. The weather was lovely and the walk was much less treacherous than the previous two days. No major mishaps (thankfully), so the trip left an overall good taste in my mouth.


Jashley said...

Hey that is exciting! Look at you guys go! I can't believe Mark still has his beard. haha. (yes, you can tell him i say that)

Mom said...

Wow-I am even more impressed!! That's a lot of hiking with some big backpacks--- nice ones too! -I still like your hat mark!! I am glad you didn't get lost!!!

fezzik said...

This was my favorite part: And nobody died (which was somewhat surprising).


Kylie said...

Way to go! Ryan has been backpacking in Bandelier before, I hope you liked it! You should have called and I could have said hi or had you over!