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The other day we had a truly by-golly spring day after several days warm enough to melt much of the snow at our altitude.  Warm, sunny bright, better-be-outdoors day!

My prayer book that day had this appropriate advice:

Live outdoors whenever possible.  Sound and air are nature’s healing forces.  That inward joy changes poisoned blood into a pure, healthy life-giving flow. But never forget that the real healing of the spirit comes from within, from the close, loving contact of your spirit with God’s spirit.

So of course, that’s all I needed to prompt me to take a hike!

One of our trails is real good now — clear of snow and dry.  It’s on the south side of a mountain.  And I had the inclination to take even more time than usual to do a three-mile round trip to its first of several lesser peaks.

It’s a mile-and-a-half hike into my destination from the trailhead and a climb of about 600 feet in elevation — 7900 up to 8500 feet elevation.  Not high out here, not even to treeline.

It is probably our most popular hike since it is only about two miles from the plaza center of town.  But truly backcountry beautiful.

I decided I’d take photos, to see if I could capture some of the various beauties of the trail terrain to create a carousel of them on my blog-site.

[metaslider id=3006]The other day we had a truly spring day after a series of warm ones that melted much of the snow at our altitude, at least on the Southern side of the mountains.  Warm, sunny bright great time to be outdoors.

So I took five dozen shots!  That was a lot of fun and took a lot of time.

I had to keep my eye peeled for different views of the trail, linger longer to get good angles.  Then shoot before moving on.

I edited the shooting down to a couple of dozen images to give a nice sampling of the varying terrain and views.

I hope you enjoy my sharing the trail with you — in absentia of course.

This is the Divisadero Trail just outside of Taos, New Mexico.

If you get out here sometime, you’ll want to be sure to slip into your hiking boots and give it a go.  Most visitors do.

The full trail is a six-mile loop around and over the peak which tops out just below 9,000 feet.  And at the top there is a pile of stones that make into a throne for two sitters.  Take your photo with your queen or king.

And you’ll certainly meet a dozen or so other hikers on your hike as you can see from my slides.

And this is February!  Nowhere near as busy as June or July.

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