The Caldera, Again

Yes, back to the Caldera. When M&D started talking about a hike on Wednesday, we said Valles Caldera.

We met up with them at the Visitors Center in White Rock, now moved. The old location is just leveled. Not sure what's going in.

Headed up the hill. Got to the parking area, and took the obligatory Last Known Photo before heading out.

It's slow going, and as Mom noted, kind of like a New England forest. Well, not quite — more pine, and less trees overall, and then it all opens up. We got to the base of the trail before ditching our stuff...

and headed down to the fence:

We wandered the edge of the Caldera for a bit, headed back to the treeline for our sammiches (turkey, roasted red pepper, goat cheese, basil; courtesy of Monica) and to sit a while. Spotted the whole time: cows, a coyote, piƱon jays, crows, chipmunks.

And flowers.

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