Today included another hike on Hermit Peak. The Peak is named for the Italian religious recluse Giovanni Maria de Agostini, who lived in a cave on a narrow ledge on the southeast side of the mountain about one hundred feet below the summit.
The cave can only be reached from descending from above. Today the kids waded through thigh high water down into the cave entrance.
The cave has become the subject of pilgrimage my religious New Mexicans during Agostini's life.
The peak is 3,129 miles high! Hermit Peak's rocky features forms a man's face looking to the sky. Left to right, you see a forehead, eye, nose, two lips, and a chin. The rugged trail to the top of the "nose" winds through the "eye." The view from the tip of the "nose" is said to include five states. There is a rock overhang known as "Hermit's Cave" on the "nose."
Your father’s blessings are greater
than the blessings of the ancient mountains,
than the bounty of the age-old hills.