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.


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



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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.


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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exploring our land

Although hunting season has put a damper on it, I have spent more and more time exploring our land lately. Since the fall has killed off a lot of the brush, I can hike around more, so the pups and I have been walking the trail system on the land. It’s pretty damn exciting to walk  our own land! I started out exploring to find our property lines. See, our land is a triangle, with the highway along one side and a long diagonal that creates the triangle. Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 10.45.02 AMThat is the section that cuts part of the driveway off, creating the big easement fiasco that some of your are privy to. Anyway, I had never followed the top line far enough to find the corner of our property. When I did so, a good portion of that bumps against clear cut forest that the neighbors logged. I found the corner and then tried to follow that down, to the road, finding a tree stand and some nice hemlocks. I figured out that that particular logging road is just off our property, so I’ll stay out of there next time. There are beautiful ravines and really varied terrain, so they’ll definitely be good ski trails once we have significant snow. I think if we wanted to, we could really cut a great system of trails on the land, kind of like Phil’s farm in Esko.

We found a big open field down the old rail line that makes up the straight part of our driveway. If you take that far enough, you’ll end up at our only real neighbor’s place. I had no idea! Here are some pictures of when I took Bryan around to show him what I had found.


A little peak at the yurt from afar.





We also put away a lot of wood this weekend, working together. Bryan would split it and I’d peel the wet bark off so it dries faster. My fingers are all pink and raw from this job, but I’m glad I was able to help!


Nitsa played incessantly all day long, taking only a quick break to law in the leaves.


We also added a roof to the generator area. Eventually we’ll add a box around it to protect it from the weather and create some soundproofing.