Bread Loaf meets Hyde State Park

We’ve been meaning to have a BL picnic up at Hyde for the last 3 summers and we finally made it happen. Dan and Jenn rolled in Thursday night and since I’m a moron, we were expecting them Friday night. Luckily, we got to have them there for the hike and picnic with BL! It was a great surprise!

We met at 10 at Group Site 2 and headed off to hike the Circle Trail. We were huffing and puffing within minutes and hauled our butts up the mountain side stopping for rest breaks  photo ops along the way. DSC_0002 DSC_0007 DSC_0011

The poodle brigade (at this point, Klue, Nitsa, and London) led the way and London, what with her sheep dog herding skills, kept us all together. DSC_0006

We stopped at the top, admiring the view of the Jemez and the Rio Grande Rift below. We also got to take Dan and Jenn’s engagement photo too.

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“Sometimes you’re such an idiot, Dan!”

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Better!

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"See, I told you we're at the top!" (9,440 feet) Photo Credit: Alfredo Lujan

“See, I told you we’re at the top!”
(9,440 feet)
Photo Credit: Alfredo Lujan

Everyone appeared to enjoy the hike, teasing me because I kept telling them it was all down hill from here. It was. Pretty much. Until we had to go back up to get to the picnic. Good thing there was enough food for a small army.

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Rangers Unite

By the time we made it back to the picnic spot, everyone was tired and ready for burgers and beers. Kelly and Chris stopped by and met everyone, and of course, Kelly and Alfredo had all sorts of people in common from growing up. Small world. Bryan grilled up the burgers and kielbasas the size of my head, while the rest of us relaxed. He was leaning on all those years of army cooking, so obviously there was too much food. It’s a good problem to have! DSC_0023

We ate, relaxed, and watched dog tv, especially once rambunctious Parra rolled in a while later.

Jon and Sara brought Who’s Donuts (they make blue corn donuts with incredible mixes like raspberry chipotle and lavender) to add to the tremendous amount of food already there. It was ridiculous. Added to the feast was my totally botched caramel “layer” rice krispie bars. They were a disaster.   After the second phase of folks feasted, we headed up to check out the waterfall trail, beers in hand.

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Here are some shots of Dog Whisperer Katelynn wrangling the poodle brigade, now complete with two standard poodles, one sheepadoodle, and one aussiedoodle. Life is good when there are “oodles of poodles” (Samoiel).

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