Chiricahua National Monument

More from our three day MLK weekend camping trip.

We almost went home Sunday morning. But small child wanted to stay so after the traditional rainy day lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup we opted to brave the elements and go for a hike. Turned out to be a great idea.  It was delightful being out in some winter weather.  Normally I would have taken very few pictures because of the cold but I found the above nifty gloves/mittens in the trailer and they worked great! And since I bundled up I was surprisingly comfortable and didn’t mind the damp and cold at all.

Our hike started around 7000′ and we walked the 3.3 mile Echo Canyon loop that went past the Grotto and down into Echo Canyon.  The weather changes as we descended and rose were quite marked.

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Snow at the start of our hike.

We started out in the clouds with a stiff breeze and some light snain (rain/snow mix).

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In the clouds.

Soon we descended below the clouds, were sheltered from the wind and the precipitation stopped.

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A fairly dry section of trail.

 

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We bundled up pretty good, it was 32° at the start of our hike, cold for us desert dwellers.

 

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At one point we seemed to be looking down on the clouds.

 

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We could barely see the rock formations for much of the hike.

 

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Whoooo

 

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Creepy tree.

 

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One last shot.

When we returned to the truck the weather was the same as when we left:  windy, damp and gray.  We were happy to return to our home on wheels and mugs of hot cocoa.  Nothing like cocoa on a wintry day, such a rare and wonderful desert treat!

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