It’s been a good few weeks, but limited none the less. We are doing our best to maintain a very manageable level of adventure while C19 continues to ravage the country. New Mexico cases are on the rise, as they are in much of rural America. My feeling, this is only the beginning. Things are going to get much worse before they get better.
So, this means we have tempered our outdoor expectations by quite some margin. Two long road trips canceled. Two major events canceled. Visits to family canceled. We are doing small, safe, and easily doable adventures, and you know what, it’s fine.
Thinking of the collective and not ourselves is the key. Little victories if you will. Swim, hike, ride, shoot, etc. (Cameras) This first photograph is from the top of Cerro Grande in Los Alamos. This is by no means a long hike. This is by no means a strenuous hike. If sharing numbers is your goal you should just skip this one. But, if enjoying life at 10,000 feet is your deal then by all means this hike is for you. Storms, birds, burn areas, and a grand view of the Valle Caldera. And a nice little picnic while on top.
Riding has been solid as well. Typically, a little over one hundred miles per week, time permitting, work permitting. I need to get out for a good 60-70 miler but have just not had the time and this week isn’t looking like it will allow anything this long. No worries. (Yes, I wear a mask while cycling as do about 95% of all the riders I encounter. I say this as cyclists from other states where the virus is RAGING can’t seem to be bothered by wearing masks and are coming here and acting somewhat defiant.)
And finally. The adventure doesn’t need to be outside. I’ve always loved to bake. And I bake by feel not by recipe. I know this might sound like BS but it’s really not, at least to me. I look at the ingredients and I imagine what I could make. Then I just feel the right about this and I go. People ask me for recipes and I return to them a list of ingredients. Baking is simple, easy, and entirely worthwhile. By the way, these are gluten-free and vegan and still taste like something you want to eat. I use them as my power on long rides. Quick burning fuel. These are red chili, blueberry, banana walnut. I hope this post finds you in a safe place in a country with a plan.