|The Tin Agave along Route 66, Tijeras Canyon Open Space, Carnuel, NM|
The views from the top of that worn down yet still majestic mound begged me to scramble down its sun-drenched, boulder-strewn southern slope. At my weight, my impact on the environment is greater than so-called normal weight folks. But fortunately, I can count on built-up core strength - from my intensive 2010 medicine ball workouts and tons of 2012 hiking to keep me on solid ground, even in scree or talus zones. Always considering Leave No Trace ethics, I carefully avoided sections of trail labeled "closed for re-vegetation" and stepped mindfully to avoid uprooting the dry high desert grasses with my sometimes clumsy feet.
|Looking east toward Albuquerque from Tijeras Canyon Open Space|
|Southern Sandia Foothills, Tijeras Canyon Open Space, Tin Agave Hike|
For me, it was the last hike of 2012. Here's a pic of today's short but still epic hike. Stay tuned for more hiking in 2013! You'll find more hiking posts on my goals blog Man of Merit and my hiking blog HikeyHikey.