Got home from Chicago yesterday and found myself with a relatively open weekend. I'm working hard to get into as good physical shape as I can in anticipation of the May operation so I'm pushing my hiking (which I love to do anyway). Both Wild Bill (still in Denver taking care of a son's wedding planning) and Tim de Buffalo (blisters from last week's hike) bailed on me today so I couldn't do the new challenge I wanted to (I avoid going off the beaten track when I'm by myself). So it was back to my old friend the South Crest Trail. My time was very good.
The conditions today were phenomenal. It was around 43 degrees and sunny when I started and was 62 when I got back. The sky was New Mexico perfect - not a cloud in the sky and the most crystal clear, blue that you're going to find anywhere. Hopefully these pictures do it justice.