Cebolla Mesa.Carson National Forest New Mexico, USA


Standing on the rim of the Rio Grande gorge inhaling and exhaling the mixture of Sage , Pinion Pine and Juniper as several ravens heckle me, I notice a heard of Big Horn sheep just a stones throw away. Looking into the gorge a few hawks or eagles scout out their prey.

Just a typical early morning out on the Cebolla Mesa. The hike down to Rio Grande is arduous. The trail is slippery with alluvial rocks and debris. The accent is twice the effort as the rise in elevation is quite staggering. Yet the strenuous physical exertion is well worth the effort. The area is majestic!  My assignment for the day was to clean up an abandoned camp site, investigate a stump fire. I was allowed to burn most of the abandoned camp as it was not worth the effort to back out.  The Cebolla Mesa is quite remote and all the safety essentials and precautions are necessary to have a safe outing. The weather changes on the turn of a dime as vicious thunder storms and severe lightning and flash flooding are normal occurences. By the way Cebolla Mesa is onion table in the Spanish language. I have not found and wild onions yet however

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