The Journey Home

After our section on the Hayduke we headed to New Mexico to climb a few more NM county highpoints; Beautiful Mountain, Mt Taylor (one we had climbed while thru-hiking the CDT, but didn’t get a picture),  and Alejandro 9166 (near Mt Taylor). From the Summit of Taylor we saw the beautiful Rio Puerco Valley and Cabezon Peak, a peak I fell in love with on the CDT and decided, though not a county highpoint, that we needed to climb it, and so we did.

The quest to climb little bumps and giants in the sky always feels like a journey home, perhaps because it is often a journey inward, one of letting go, and embracing my connection to the land, the sky, and all that surrounds a place: the mountain, like a castle in the sky. In just a few short days my affection for New Mexico was rekindled, perhaps partially from my nostalgia and love of the CDT, but it really is an enchanted land.

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Beautiful Mountain is the slight rise you can see on the mesa of cliffs on the horizon.

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Sunrise at the base of Beautiful Mountain

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Sunset, near the CDT, between Mt Taylor and Alejandro 9166.

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Cabezon Peak

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Taking some time to capture my experience at Cabezon Peak
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voellmer_mountains-and-canyons-25x18-smMountains and Canyons, 25″x18″, mixed media on canvas. Inspired by my recent time in Utah.

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