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North America » United States » New Mexico » Clayton September 13th 2020

Driving West on US Highway 87 as I crossed from Texas into New Mexico I could see extinct volcanos in the distance. Not far away I drove through Clayton, New Mexico then stopped at a picnic area on the North side of the highway. Of the four historic markers there, my favorite was the Sierra Grande volcano. This is part of the Ratan-Claton volcanic field that extends also into Colorado. I picked up a nice tumbleweed that would follow me for a few weeks. This was also a Southern route of the Santa Fe Trail. An hours drive West of that picnic area is the small town of Capulin, New Mexico. Just North of that town is Capulin Volcano National Monument, with the large cinder cone clearly visible from the highway. About forty years ago I ... read more
Clayton picnic area
Clayton picnic area
Clayton picnic area


blog 07-24-20 There is a tremendous amount to catch up on so I'll try to deliver the shorter version. Last report was the earth ships in Taos. The next day we spent walking around town and visiting the Kit Carson Park which turned out to be a perfect place to walk Watson with lots of shade trees and green grass. He must have rolled 10 times. The park has a famous grave yard where Carson and his wife are buried along with other prominent citizens. On the 17th we hit the road and followed the Rio Grande south toward Albuquerque winding our way through some beautiful valleys with the river, the life blood of the desert. We pulled into Truth or Consequences about 4 pm and we both felt like we came home. We had terrific ... read more
strange and colorful outcropping
entering the desert, raining in the distance
down one side and up the other through a canyon

North America » United States » New Mexico » Gallup July 17th 2020

Thursday, 16 July, 2020 We had a pleasant drive from Bryce Canyon south to Alt 89 and on to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We saw evidence along the way of the awful forest fires they had a month or so ago. Parking was a bit inconvenient at the Canyon Village due to road construction, so Kerry and Timmy walked from the parking area to the Lodge patio to view the canyon from there. The drive from the North Rim to Page, AZ, seemed to take forever, but we were just tired and the road was bumpy and winding. It was a relief to at last pick up some groceries at Walmart and settle into our spot at the campground. Friday, 17 July, 2020 We drove south from Page to Flagstaff where we headed ... read more
Grand Canyon NP
Grand Canyon NP
Grand Canyon NP

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 15th 2020

blog 07-15-20 Earthship Today was the day I headed out of town to investigate the Visitor Center. Michael Reynolds, with a degree in architecture, built his first house out of can bricks in Taos in 1972. After years trying other building materials and off-grid systems, he went on to build the first Earthship in 1988. The homes are built with recycled tires that are filled with dirt and sand and stacked like a brick wall. Bottles are added to add light and color and then a coating of adobe over top. Simplistic explanation. The water is attained by catching rain water on the roof and running it into cisterns buried in the berm. It is filtered and used in sinks and showers then runs to the watering system for the indoor plants. The plants filter the ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 14th 2020

blog 07-13-20 and 07-14-20 Sightseeing Monday I was feeling a little punk, so I took it easy in the morning then in the afternoon I took Watson for a ride in the car. Oh wow, big outing.. We went north of Taos and hooked up with rt 150 that led us into the mountains ending at the Taos Valley Ski Resort. We drove parallel to the mountains on a flat plane then the road took a shark right and to my amazement, there was a little valley. It twisted and turned following a large creek up and up, mountains on both sides. It was a both hands on the wheel kind of road so no pictures, oh maybe one. The creek was swift and sparkling and pull-offs provided fly fishermen the opportunity to try their luck. ... read more
start of little valley
closer to the mouth
ski lodges

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 12th 2020

blog 07-12-20 Taos Tour and Rain It was another cool night and just delightful to sleep without the air conditioner. The temperature fluctuates 40 degrees between night and day, thank goodness or it would be intolerable. Watson and I took a nice walk this morning before it got too hot. We walked around the campground which was pretty quiet after the weekend. I straightened up inside the camper and cleaned up the kitchen, just boring stuff. At 1:45 I met the trolley that picked me up at the campground and off we went to the Plaza to pick up 3 other customers. The trolley held 36 but only 4 of us were on board plus the driver and tour guide, Dave. Business is way down because of the virus. Dave told us about the history of ... read more
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the two blue spruce trees represent Peter and Paul
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 11th 2020

log 07-09-20 Melting in Taos Our spot along the Arkansas River was wonderful but I was looking forward to the excitement of Taos and cooler temperatures. The ride was beautiful with mountains and high valleys and quaint towns. The last settlement in CO was Conejus and boasted the oldest church in Colorado. Well I just had to turn around and investigate this claim. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church was built in 1929 and beautifully maintained. See pictures. The inside was very spiritual to me and I enjoyed my visit. It was my Mother's birthday so it just seemed extra special. Back on the road again we left the flat open land and saw more mountains, actually hills to start. There were trees and shrubs indicating more rain than other areas. Then the settlements began. There ... read more
view of the mountains along the way
The old church
inside


blog 03-25-20 to 04-1-20 Finding a Safe Haven On Wednesday the 25th I just did my laundry, cleaned the camper a little and relaxed. I have been keeping an active pace and I'm tired. Thursday the 26 th was travel day to Truth or Consequences, NM. I had a tail wind of about 35 mph most of the way and could have gone an extra 100 miles on this tank of gas. Sure am glad I was going with it. The last 20 miles I headed north so the wind hit me from the side which is a little tricky when you're in a boxy vehicle. The rear duels really help keep you on the road and in no time I was heading into Cielo RV park, up on a hill overlooking downtown T or C. ... read more
Lynne on the "wash" trail
1st day seeing the cactus
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Silver City March 19th 2020

PINOS ALTOS Spanish Mexico had been mining in the area of Santa Rita del Cobre in New Mexico for a hundred years or so before Americans stumbled onto the scene and tried their hand at it too. The American effort there got underway in 1860. It was on land long being used as a homeland by the Chiricahua Apache. Their chief, Mangas Coloradas, or Bloody Sleeves, did not care for Americans in his neighborhood. One day he stopped by for a chat with the friendly intention of pointing out to the miners that there were much richer deposits a short distance to the west. He was talking about Morenci and Globe which were both fabulously wealthy deposits, but the miners wouldn’t listen to good advice when it was offered. Instead, they overpowered Mangas and whipped him ... read more
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SALLY PORT

North America » United States » New Mexico » Columbus March 7th 2020

blog 03-07-20 Cabalgata Biacional Fiesta de Amistad I planned to get up early so I'd be able to get to Columbus, NM in time for the parade. Columbus is 30 miles south of Deming and less then 2 miles from Mexico. I had been to Poncho Villa State Park last week to visit Lynne and posted information about the raid that took place there in the early 1900s, the only time the US was invaded in it's history. General Pershing was commander and after the attack he raided Mexico in search of Poncho but was unable to find him. The celebration today was to commemorate the raid and express camaraderie between the US and Mexico. There must have been 75 or more riders in the parade who started in Mexico and rode into Columbus with a ... read more
Poncho re-en actor
Poncho and General Pershing
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