After a fairly dry winter, Monday (April 18th) brought tons of snow to the mountains, if not quite to the foothills. I ran up to Elena Gallegos Picnic Area after work to watch the snow and clouds.
Looking southeast from Trail 230a on Monday …
And zooming in to the same snowy mountains in the background of the photo above.
By the end of the week, true to form, the weather had changed to a preview of summer. I saw the first thunderstorm looking west from Trail 365a, close to the Embudo trailhead.
Back at the trailhead, I saw these piles of rocks:
I’m fascinated by the way we humans are compelled to build piles of rocks. I think it’s one of the many creative actions built into the species. Others include making visual depictions of the environment (drawing, painting, petroglyphs, pictographs, and of course photos); banging (drumming); singing (all forms of music); storytelling; and even stringing beads.