In the mountains 300 miles to the west of Lubbock, Texas, peaks are capped in feet of snow. Winter and spring storms have blanketed and will continue to blanket the peaks of these mountains through the months of February, March and into April. While there are many of us who enjoy spending our days in the lift lines of Ruidoso, Taos and Wolf Creek, there are also those who enjoy getting away from it all. Why not experience our environment before we are hit by the brain-melting heat of our west Texas sun?
Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” This is important to remember. Let’s hit the road and the trail as soon as we can, open our mind to the mountains and beyond. As west Texans, we have an opportunity to experience so many landscapes in such a brief distance.
The “beauty” of our area is sometimes hard to describe to the non-plainsmen (or plainswoman), but it is there. The fact of the matter is, you don’t have to drive far to get a head start on your backpacking, fly-fishing, or rock climbing. It’s just of matter of knowing the right places and how to get the best out of your time there. That’s where we come in.
Hideaway Outdoors has always been a great resource on the latest gear and topics. My goal for this year is to help this blog evolve into helpful tool, a tool that people can use to get outside. It should be the overall goal, right? We need to feel the spring sun on our face and the soft soil under our Gore-Tex™, ultra light, synthetic hiking boots that we got for Christmas.
As I said, the next few weeks will be dedicated to this goal. As Mountain Hideaway as the base, I’ll do my best to give our blog readers and Mountain Hideaway’s customers as head start on hitting the trail. But, this shouldn’t be a one-way street, that’s not what these blog things are about! I’m going to post a map of our area, and update it from week-to-week. Any blog reader that has a special spot in West Texas and/or New Mexico that they believe the other readers should know about, comment on the posts and get involved. Let’s get the ball rolling on this. We want Mountain Hideaway to not only be your go-to location for outdoor gear, but also to be a place where people can get together and GET OUTSIDE. The snow may be melting, but that just means we can find the trails underneath.