A few final pictures from my birthday hike:
Mark wasn’t sure whether to let me include this next one. I think he made the right choice:
The required pretending-I’m-Ansel-Adams shot of the post:
This next one is a manmade cave that you can hike right by. I was a little shocked that there is theoretically nothing but your own integrity to keep you from climbing up and checking it out:
The sign said that there are benches carved into the walls, which you can sort of see below. You can also see soot on the ceiling:
After we hiked both of the short trails in the southern end of the park, we headed up to the northern end. You have to drive through private land to get there, and there is a noticeable difference in road condition, but our little rental Corolla survived. There is a veterans’ memorial at the northern end, but it was closed and we ran into construction at the overlook, so we turned around. It was worth the trip up to catch this view on the way back down:
After that we returned to the casita to get ready for dinner. We had our final dinner at Geronimo, which came very highly recommended — and for good reason. We both had the elk tenderloin, which was delicious and one of the most tender steaks I’ve had. I finished, of course, with chocolate cake.
Birthday dinner outfit (taken in our casita):
That’s it for the Santa Fe recap. I hope you were inspired to visit — I know we’ll be back!