Published: April 7th 2013April 6th 2013
The Rio Grande Gorge
This is the view of The Rio Grande from The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
We didn't find treasure at Black Rock Springs, but we did have one lucky break. After hiking back out from Black Rock Springs, we decided to head to the campgrounds at Rio Grande Gorge State Park to meet our friends. We had a 45 minute drive left ahead of us, but the day was still early.
We took the New Mexico Highway 522 south to Highway 64. Highway 64 led us west over the Rio Grande River on a bridge with stunning views. We decided to pull over to check it out. We pulled into a small lot and trotted to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. We passed by some tables with locals and natives selling a few goods. I spotted carved grizzly bears and some necklaces. I passed by a table with rocks and geodes. A man standing at the table looked familiar. It was my friend, Andy! What a crazy coincidence. OK, maybe it's not that crazy since we were planning on meeting him just 15 miles from there, but it felt lucky! It was especially lucky since Andy said he and his friend, Adam, really had no idea how to find the campground from there. For some
Andrew and Me
We're overlooking The Rio Grande Gorge.
reason, Andy was in just his socks. They told us some story about treading water near The Red River up north. They soaked their feet, but they didn't find any gold.
We strolled over to the bridge. It gave us stunning views of the gorge. The Rio Grande River was an 800 feet drop down below. We were inclined to hike along to gorge to check for any dried creek beds that intersected the Rio Grande River. We thought a dry creek bed could be a clue in the Forrest Fenn poem that leads to the treasure chest. There were barbed fences that kept us from hiking through the scrub, so we decided to pass. We said goodbye to the gorgeous views of The Rio Grande Gorge and set out for the drive to The Rio Grande Gorge State Park.
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