What was your medication that interfered w/alcohol, & ? was it for? Just curious.
Congrats on summitting Wheeler, which I climbed ~5 yr. ago. I hiked to Wms. Lake where I found confusing trails & wound up at a waterfall. Somebody put me on the right trail on the other side of the lake. The trail up Wheeler was so steep I just ran out of steam, an increasing problem at high altitude in recent years (guess K'jaro in 73 will remain my lifetime HP, no A'gua). I reached a knob at around treeline where I had lunch, came back down, arranged another night at the B&B down the valley I'd stayed at, and had a nice climb via Bull O'the Woods (didn't see him) next day.
Wms. Lake was beautiful--it had ice on it in the morning--but the trail was just too steep. I found the Bull route far better, and v. scenic despite the big dip in the middle, which I detoured round cross-country on the way back. Nice view from the summit but I couldn't see that lake, Blue I think, the Indians took over and closed to all outsiders; I'd hoped to see it. A th'storm was coming up & left fresh snow on one of the lower peaks down the ridge. My energy was better though 2 Dutch women passed me on the way up despite coming from sea level vs. Boulder (5330', 1625 m., or so).
I visited Taos Pueblo on another trip, a one-off (one-time) experience. It was all right but there were too many rules. Lands and kivas round the central pueblo--interesting but just gift shops--off limits. No photos in the chapel (on in the Alamo in Texas) & can't go forward. You can visit the cemetery though.
Good luck on G'upe, a nice climb; it took me 5 hrs. When you get to the hitching rail you're almost there. It was nice in May, warm but not hot, v. windy. I also recommend McKatterick (?) Cyn. & the steep nature trail, and of course, Carlsbad Cavern which is in the same range, a huge fossil reef. Went on to Odessa Tex & its small meteor crater (just off the freeway), then Okla. and its obscure but scenic Wichita & Arbuckle Mts., and Monument Rocks in Kansas.
Roger Williams (63), Boulder.