Hiking toward Heaven – East fork of Jemez River
WHATS IN THIS BLOG:
• The Jemez River and its scenic beauty.
• Hiking to a perfectly lovely waterfall.
The Jemez River starts in the Jemez Mountains about 1.5 hours drive from Albuquerque. Soon after this you come to the Valle Grande – an immense crater left after a series of volcanoes about a million years ago. Drive a little further and you come to Bandolier National Monument, one of the best-preserved ruins built by the Ancient Ones around 1100 AD (that’s 900 years ago). A bit further and you come to the science town of Los Alamos, where they built the bomb. It’s an enchanting area!
Kim and I hiked along the East Fork of the Jemez last week. At the end of May the grass is lush and green, and the scenery is spectacular.
We had to cross the river 8 or 10 times in total, and some crossings were a bit nervous — we teetered on stones and fallen pine trees, trying not to fall into the water.
Kim’s a mountain goat, and she has to keep waiting for me to catch up. But I got one-up on her. At one river crossing she slipped from a rock and stepped into the river. It wasn’t deep, and it wasn’t cold. From then on, she walked in the river in her tennis shoes – and she loved it.
As the canyon narrowed, we could hear the sound of a waterfall. And I love waterfalls – I’ve even seen some terrific ones in Tasmania and in Queensland, Australia.
And suddenly there it was. Not large, just a few feet tall, but really pretty. I sat on a rock and ate my trail mix and said a quiet thank you to God for legs that could get me here, for eyes that could see the splashes of sunlight in the water, and for ears that could hear the murmurs of the droplets. To me, it was a little bit like heaven.
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The Gray Nomad …..Lean in and learn
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
Book of Psalms, chapter 42.