A random afternoon jaunt to the mountains turns into a long mysterious drive down forest roads and through a stream because of a strange desire to see what is at the end of the road.
It is Sunday afternoon and the colors in the mountains are about to change. The nights have been cool and the aspens are preparing for their month in the spotlight. Soon the enchanted circle will be host to packs of motorcycle enthusiasts and family caravans hoping to wind through bright yellow forests and rolling fields of grass.
Fall comes a bit early at the higher elevations and Will and I were hoping to catch an early glimpse of the aspens from Gallegos Peak.
There are beautiful views of the Wheeler Peak country along the way. At an elevation of more than 10,500 feet, Gallegos Peak also provides a spectacular view of Jicarita Peak and the Pecos Wilderness.
After a nice hike along mountain paths the sun is getting low in the sky and it is time to head home. Instead of turning back we push on down the un-paved forest road.