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Last week I came across a calendar I had designed for 2015. To tell the truth, I had completely forgotten about the calendar. The pictures and the words lifted my spirit at this time of injustice, loss, death, and despair sweeping across the country. The following photos and words are from different months of that calendar.

Hiking the red rocks in New Mexico

Figure 1: Starting out on a cold fall morning in late 2014 about 60 – 70 miles from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kim on the right with kids Kara and Jaden, and friend Brayden in the middle.

If you are a hiker, you will especially appreciate the challenge of the climb. If you are a God-follower you will especially appreciate the encouragement of the ancient words — some of them over 3,000 years old

Hiking the Gallup Sandstone in New Mexico

Figure 2: Kim admiring the red gallup sandstone. Red tint due to traces of iron (rust) deposited with sand at the shore of the cretaceous seaway about 60 million years ago.

Slick Rock gallup sandstone hiking

Figure 3: This is what they call slick-rock – smooth sandstone surface. The rock face was so steep that I was truly scared of falling down. Jaden and Brayden didn’t seem too worried though.

Red sandstone looking towards Albuquerque

Figure 4: We made it to the top. Kara is pointing out the direction to Albuquerque, New Mexico. We enjoyed lunch while absorbing the glorious view.

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Figure 5: After lunch we explored the top of the mesa before heading down.

Down the red sandstone bum sliding in Grants New Mexico

Figure 6: Bum-sliding down the mountain…Same ol’ slick-rock.

Red Sandstone bluff out of Grants New Mexico

Figure 7: Healthy-tired but fulfilled. Did we really just climb this mesa behind us?

More info on Grants, NM

Related Topics: Durango, Colorado hike to Castle Rock in photos

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The Gray Nomad ….. The story of God is written in the rocks and in the ancient scripture.

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Vanessa
Vanessa
3 months ago

Ian ~ Thank you for sharing these pictures and thoughts. The Red Rock Mesa’s in Grants are beautiful.

Karen Larre
Karen Larre
3 months ago

Wonderfully inspiring, Ian. Thank you for sharing!

Patti
Patti
3 months ago

Thank you for sharing, Ian! Great shots! Red Rocks, Tent Rocks – New Mexico has them all, don’t we – and they’re all gorgeous!

daely
3 months ago

I really enjoy earth formations, of which New Mexico seems to have more than its share. The very red-orange ones are curious and mysterious. Are we really closer to God in places like this or does it just make us feel closer to God? I ate in Grants once in a pizza parlour that was kind of in a residential neighborhood. It had a surfing theme and was decorated with many surfboards all about. That sound familiar?

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