I’ve been working from New Mexico for the last two weeks, and getting in as many morning hikes as I can before the summer monsoons roll in. The first week I spent a lot of energy searching out hot springs on the Rio Grande. These springs are the product of groundwater running through the thin-stretched crust where ancient cataclysms tore the earth apart: today the water passes by magma near the surface and comes out at a lovely 90-105 degrees Fahrenheit. Great for a hot dip and a cold plunge.

This is the Rio Grande at gorge’s edge just above Manby Hot Springs. We had just come within 50 feet of a herd of mountain sheep and watched them leap boulders against the sheer cliffside as they ascended.

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