Rio Grande del Norte
This (looking northeast) is actually taken from the opposite direction from my blip and on June 9th. In fact, if you look closely to the left upstream you can see the dirt road that leads to the other side of the canyon rim. The serpentine flow marks the way of most rivers, regardless of their direction. Speaking of serpentine: no rattlesnakes have been spotted this journey.
The river and the gorge are completely inaccessible this trip.
Neither when I have traveled alone, nor when Glen and I have explored Taos together have we avoided going into the river. At the very least, the natural hot springs at the bottom of this trail have served as our baptismal. This trip, we have not even hiked down to the springs. The wind, of course, has something to do with it. However, the thought of getting into a hot spring with other human germs, (even if it's outside; even if the water is so hot it would kill a virus) is not one bit enticing this time around.
Until calmer times, el Rio Grande.......
The winds are hellacious this Spring...the worst in this our 9th spring in NM. Mariah has ruled almost non-stop since March. We are used to March, or sometimes April, being a windy, windy month. This is the first year the entirety of Spring has been dominated by winds. Perhaps, where it's frequently wet, 15-20 MPH winds don't mean so much? Blippers in Scotland, Ireland,Germany, NZ?
But here, where the sands are just waiting for an excuse to resume their nomadic life, we have been met with a real challenge: how to maintain physical fitness in spite of the wind and the sand (and the pollen)? Neither Glen nor I have ever been inclined to indoor aerobics (though I do practice yoga).
The lesson: remain calm in spite of the chaos afloat.