This Good Friday, like so many in the past, graphically portrays to what extent faithful Catholics will go to to demonstrate their faith. Thousands have made this climb up Tome Hill, and this year was no different. The climb, from the base to the three crosses on top of the hill is a steep one mile, but that is just the easy part for most. The hard part is the trek by foot from their homes to the mountain itself. They walk from all parts of the county, central, north, south, east and west. Distance seems no obstacles. Some this year (as in the past) have walked here from Albuquerque, 25 miles distant. As you can see from this picture of the parents and three children on the lower part of the trail, pilgrims of all ages make this annual trek. Further up the trail is a group of five adults. This picture was taken at about 6:30 PM, plus the weather was cold and windy and rain was expected. Bad weather, tiredness and a later hour seems to make no difference to the faithful.
And when they get to the top and say their prayers and feel blessed and rejuvenated, what comes next? The long, cold trek home, of course.