Mom and Dad in NM 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 08:43 PM - Weekend Fun
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My parents visited NM for a week to help around the house and do a little exporing. During the week they walked around Nob Hill and the University, biked out to the Petroglyphs, rode the train to Santa Fe (while I was at the AMRC training), watched Mud with me, and then road tripped up to the Pecos for the Memorial Day weekend.

Friday - We stopped off at Tent Rocks for the slot canyon hike. On the road Dad played with GoPro road trip time lapse capabilities and Mom napped in the back. That night we made camp at Panchuela Trailhead in the Pecos. It was packed for the long weekend, but we managed to find a nice spot. I gave my parents the two sleeping bags and I had to curl up in a blanket for the night. It was so cold up there at 8000' at night!





Saturday - Based on a tip from Justin, we took off on a shot hike up Cave Creek to the caves. They turned out to be short little mazes but interesting with the running water pouring through the rock. The river disappeared into the side of the mountain for 1/10th of a mile while it made the subterranean traverse. We brought headlamps and helmets up there (climbing for me, cycling for Dad, and skiing for Mom); the few people on the trail must have thought we were an odd group. The big discovery was a bat taking a snooze on one of the rocks.

Back in camp, we had a beer in the hot sun and gathered up firewood for the night. We wrote letters to grandpa, cooked carne adovada on the open flame, and turned in early.





Sunday - We embarked on a bigger adventure up to Stewart Lake along a nice 14 mile loop. The trail migrated through spectacular aspen forests and worked up a couple thousand feet to the gorgeous alpine lake with a half dozen fishermen. We had sandwiches on a sunny rock and then headed back downhill to the car. The return trail didn't get spit out at the car so I jogged the last 2.4 miles to the car and swung back around to get Mom and Dad as they finished their trek. We had Tim Tam slams to celebrate a great day in the wilderness!





Monday - We packed up camp and made our way south. By chance we ended up at Pecos National Historical Park, so we took the mile loop around to look at the kivas, old spanish church, and imagine settlers working there way along the Santa Fe Trail. NM's got some fairly impressive history! We took the long way back along North 14 and had a great lunch at Greenside Cafe. Then it was back into town to relax and play Sorry and Golf. I dropped my parents off in the morning for the flight back to my brother in Chicago.






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