all of us atop sandia peak
still no sun here; too much rain instead. i can't get the humidity out of the house, therefore am having a "whole house" (also known as a "big ass") dehumidifier installed tomorrow. am beginning to suspect the sun no longer shines on iowa and this is all a cruel plot to give me permanent depression-induced insomnia. and a touch of paranoia. and a dollop of self-centeredness, thinking the weather is happening just for me... on the bright side the swampland out front is thriving--must post pictures.
but today i would rather look at images from when we used to live in the desert and could see the mountaintop from our valley home's front window. we hiked sandia peak (aforementioned mountaintop) right before we moved. lovely. i miss it very much.
getting ready to hike at two miles up
rich loves hiking on top of the mountain
rocky mountain penstemons litter the path
as do beautiful aspens
sophie runs to keep up with her big brother, which is impressive considering the altitude
the stone house! of course, not content to just hike to it rich and gus must also climb on top of it...
...and then drag sophie up there as well (it is quite a sheer cliff under them)
like the clovis man, meet paco the sandia dog
sophie and rich fueling up for the hike back down
butterflies fueling up for their flights wherever--this is one of very few plants they were interested in, and who would have thought there'd be so many butterflies on the peak?
pretty, pretty flowers
it was a beautiful hike--i love sophie's found object: walking stick
sophie's face is just screaming "SUCKA!" daddy is so wrapped.
pleasantly hiked-out kids and puppy
the wheels are turning and rich is thinking he hasn't hiked enough...so he continues his hike, alone, down the mountain (we drove)
rich is somewhere out there hiking down from the peak...
...but gus and sophie missed this view.