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The Upside of Coronavirus

The Upside of Coronavirus

In a strange turn of fate, I have discovered the upside of coronavirus. First of all, my tour business, Santa Fe Footprints, has been destroyed. At least for now. All bookings from March 14th through the end of April have been cancelled. One hardy group with a booking for May 1st is still hanging on. Hang in there guys!!! The dark night will pass! Morning will come! Easter may bring resurrection in more ways that one!

Start of the Upside

You may be saying; Bob I’m not quite seeing the upside. Once I accepted the situation I found I was sleeping like a rock. My mind had been full of tour issues. How to schedule the bus. New bookings for the historic walking tour. Arrange transportation for the shopping tour. What shops will the ladies enjoy most? Which trail is best for a group of hikers?  Now all of those issues are gone. At least for now and hopefully not for long.

Now I must admit I am luckier than many. I will survive without the income from Santa Fe Footprints but it did provide a very nice supplement.

The Upside

Now for the real upside. Being unable to just stay inside I have begun taking long walks. I have hiked and walked the city before but the coronavirus has given me time to discover much more of the city. It appears many others have been unable to stay inside and have taken to the trails. I pass many others, at a safe distance of course, on these trails.

The River Walk

One of the most enjoyable city trails that I have discovered is the El Comino Real Walking Trail. This is a paved trail along the Santa Fe River. The pavement is wide enough for good social distancing. Bikers are generally courteous and let you know they coming. I enjoy watching the big machines working in the river bed setting up dikes and falls to repair the damage from the thousand-year flood of a few years back.

Murals

I found the most enjoyable and surprising part of the trail was heading east from Ricardo Rd. Murals have been painted on the walls along the trail. They were painted by a youth group and they are incredible. I discovered John F Ray Griego Park with its moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A little further down the trail is Bicentennial Alto Park. A lovely place I plan to visit more even after the coronavirus is just a memory.

The winding road muralRolling down the highway.Hope for the future during coronavirusTeepee, painting or real?Tecolote looking for coronavirusThe river runs through it.Building a zuni bowl

The coronavirus panic has caused much pain and loss but it has force me and I hope others to reconnect with the little pleasures of life. Remember, morning will come.

Blooming Cactus

Blooming Cactus

Blooming Yacca

Blooming Yacca

Now is the time to get out and hike the trails around Santa Fe. For the next few weeks the varieties of cactus from Claret Cup to Tree Cholla will be blooming. Yes, cactus does flower and when they do it is a sight not to be missed. In addition to the splendid cactus there are many colors of wildflowers lighting up the hillsides.

Sign up for one of the Santa Fe Footprints hiking tours and experience the flowering magic.

it’s time to stop shopping, put away the credit card and head for the hills. Natures beauty is unparalleled and best of all, it’s free!

Blue Flux

Blue Flux

Spring Cactus Flowers

Spring Cactus Flowers

 

Many may think of claret cup as just another spiny desert plant. When not in bloom, this evergreen is somewhat unremarkable, but in the spring, it transforms itself into a showstopper when dozens of deep scarlet red blooms cover the stems. As one may guess, the plant’s spines detract deer and rabbits, but the hummingbirds love the nectar, which sits deep inside the corolla at the flower’s base. Cactus flowers bloom from late March through late May, most peaking in mid-April.

Hiking Sun Mountain or Sierra Del Norte are the perfect ways to experience the red, pink and yellow flowers that spring in Santa Fe bring forth.