Sandia Field Trip Report|
Submitted by Mark Kalin
On Saturday morning, 17 April, ten of us met for a field trip (hike in the woods) at Doc Long picnic area on the east side of the Sandias. Although it was rainy in early morning Albuquerque, the weather was only overcast at the picnic area parking lot.
David Wallis, the Sandia Mountain trailmaster, led ten of us up the Bill Spring trail. He was capably assisted by Terri (she of the myxomycetes) Wallis, Rich (king of the spring mushrooms) Therrien, and Linda (wood ear spotter extraordinaire) Zobrist. We were happy to welcome returning NMMS members Jesús Galván and the Bauer family - Mike, Trinie Dalton, and Eli (a high energy 3˝ year old, as well as guests Matt Greene and Meg Rogers. And three dogs.
Here's what we found:
Several different wildflowers, including lupine, were emergent. Like Rich says, "Spring in the Sandias is beautiful."