My Memorial Weekend backpack into the Pecos Wilderness was not the easiest three days I’ve ever spent outdoors. I hiked into the Rio Santa Barbara, a new corner of the Pecos for me and surely one of New Mexico’s most beautiful alpine valleys. My first day and morning in the valley bottom was lovely, and I came away with the shot above of sunrise light on Chimayosos Peak. But up above timberline my right ankle began seriously complaining and my planned route didn’t pan out, forcing me into a long, painful backtrack over the way I had come and thwarting my plans for morning and evening shooting in the high country. But I couldn’t resist shooting a couple of panos from the Skyline Trail….
….and from the summit of Chimayosos:
It’s grand country up there, even in midday light! And the hike out was lovely, if sore, with the creeks rushing, flowers sprouting, irises almost ready to open. If my foot will behave a little, I’ll be back up there soon!