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Been There, Done That, But Still Enjoying New Mexico
July 13, 2017
High Point: Wheeler Peak (New Mexico)
Elevation: 13,161 feet
Starting Point: Bull of the Woods Trailhead
Total Miles: 15
Elevation Gain: 3,686 feet
Three years ago I hiked to the highest point in New Mexico with my brother and his wife. I talked about this hike in my book, “When Mountains Alone Can’t Heal.” A couple of days before we left for the hike up Walter and Wheeler, the two highest peaks in New Mexico, my brother and his wife were told by a doctor that they would not be able to have children. Now, three years later, I am back in New Mexico to visit them and to celebrate their son’s first birthday. Somehow they proved medical science wrong, defied the odds and had a beautiful and healthy baby boy.
Since I have already done the highest point in New Mexico, I have been spending my time in New Mexico hanging out with my brother, his wife and my adorable nephew. During my first two days in New Mexico, we did a couple of great hikes in both the Santa Fe National Forest and Sandia Mountain Wilderness. We spent the third day in Albuquerque where we visited the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, ate an amazing BBQ restaurant, (which I will reference in the food section of this blog) and picked up my mom at the airport. The following day we went to Lake Abiquiu where we went kayaking, cliff jumping and swimming. I have to admit, it has been nice to be more casual in natural rather than trying to conquer the largest peak. As much as I love the adventure of summiting the highest point in each state, it is exhausting at times.
I have enjoyed the break from driving and summiting mountains, but am also excited to get back on the road and head to Black Mesa in Oklahoma. Unfortunately, after that the majority of the high points are drive ups, but I will figure out a way to make an adventure out of it!
Food: Since I have been in New Mexico, I have had so much phenomenal food. While in Albuquerque, we went to Rudy’s, which serves Texas style BBQ. There I got almost a half a pound of pulled pork with corn on the cob, which I devoured it. Another day, my brother and I went to Duel Brewing in Santa Fe and I got a sandwich with corned beef, swiss cheese, escabeche and homemade mustard on a toasted ciabattini. It was the best sandwich I have ever had in my life. Lastly, we went to a restaurant in Madrid, New Mexico, where my brother and his wife live, and I had a buffalo burger with goat cheese and green chiles. We also got fried green tomatoes and okra as an appetizer. My eating disorder has been yelling at me lately, but my logical self knows that it was totally worth it.