Noelle, Parker and I awoke in Moriarty, ate breakfast, and then headed north to Santa Fe. Our destination was a canyon on an arroyo that drains into the Rio Grande called Caja del Rio or Diablo's Canyon. After a long drive on some dirt roads we arrived at the top of the canyon. Parker was excited to be hiking for the first time in a while and quickly hopped out of the car. Unfortunately his enthusiasm didn't last. It would be a hot, shadeless walk to the Rio Grande and back.
The hike started out with some great views of the impressive canyon.
We soon entered the canyon where we were treated to a few areas of shade and a few wildflowers in bloom.
As we exited the canyon, shade would become difficult to find.
Looking back after exiting the canyon.
Parker would plop down any time he could find the smallest sliver of respite from the hot sun.
I was relieved to see a line of green cottonwoods on the horizon that I knew marked the location of the river.
As soon as we arrived at the Rio Grande, Parker waded in for a drink.
Noelle and I took off our shoes and cooled our feet in the water and relaxed for a bit.
After about 30 minutes we decided to make our way back to the car on a road that paralleled the arroyo. Storm clouds began to gather to the west, but we never got rained on.
We were all glad to be back to the car and I blasted the air conditioner as we headed up into the mountains and our campsite at Big Tesuque Campground.