Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Last week, the Bear and I went for a walk on the Paseo del Bosque trail, a recreation path which runs through the Rio Grande Valley State Park. The trail follows the eastern bank of the river and is meant for walking, running and cycling. Bosque, derived from Spanish, means "woods." I think fall is the best time to visit. The weather is most pleasant in the fall and the scenery is most interesting now too, I think. It was chilly, but we were bundled up. I liked being a little cold, actually. It made me walk more and seek out the sunny spots.
It was beautiful down there, in a last-gasp kind of way. Bosque vegetation is a mixture of desert shrub growth and larger trees like cottonwoods and mesquite (the trees tend to be quite tall in the Bosque because of their proximity to water). Most trees still had leaves but they were past the fall-color peak. The ground was covered in a layer of fallen cottonwood leaves. I was surprised to find a few wildflowers still blooming. Do you love the sight, as I do, of a bare tree silhouetted against the sky? I can stand and stare for a long time, and I did.
It was good to be out there together. The weather was fine and there were no children to supervise. We each took photos. We look for different things; I like my carefully-framed tree and flower shots and he likes dramatic wide-angle views. He'll scramble down a dirt face while I pick my way over established paths. We parted several times, meeting up many yards down the trail. I loved our Bosque walk. It was worth every goat head stuck in the soles of my shoes.