The sun was high in the sky at 8:15 a.m., the morning crisp and cool. I knew what awaited me. I had been down this road before. I made the trek once before, in 2009, but this walk would be much shorter than that one. The first time I walked, it took all day to walk more than 20 miles.
My family and I made our way down to Santa Cruz and parked at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Cañada. We stocked up on water and set out. Our final destination would be El Santuario de Chimayó, approximately seven miles (give or take) down the long, windy road.