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May 16th 2010
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Looking down into the canyon from an overlook.
We're travelling again with my cousins, Gena and Bob, and their dog, Moe. Since they lived in Alaska for 3 years, they did all the planning for this trip. They are great companions and fun to be with. They arrived at our house on Thursday night.

We left home on Friday the 14th heading west on I-40, through west Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma with their full, muddy, fast moving rivers. I won't vent my usual complaints about the bumpy roads in AR and OK, I will only report that I swallowed three fillings that were shaken loose by the rough ride. Not really, but their roads were either very goody or really awful.

We finally got to the Texas panhandle Saturday afternoon and drove south from Amarillo to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. We had never heard of it, but it was recommended by my cousins' son, Bill. It is a beautiful place, with gorgeous colors and turkeys and deer in the campground. It was quiet and peaceful (except for the turkeys gobbling,) unlike many of the commercial campgrounds along the interstates with the noise of traffic and trains all night. Sunday morning we drove down the canyon for
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from the canyon floor
a couple of miles and enjoyed the vistas.

We then drove north through the panhandle to Dumas, then northwest to Raton, NM. The north Texas farms are huge, stretching from horizon to horizon. We stopped at Capulin Volcano and drove up to the rim. Gena and Bob walked down into the crater to the vent, but Kerry with his torn Achilles tendon and me with my normal hobble, didn't feel we could do it. The view of the surrounding countryside from the rim was spectacular. We could see the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo mountains in the distance and the nearby lava flows and the mountains and mesas in between.

We are now in La Veta, Colorado, in a nice little campground with views of the Spanish Peaks. We watched a red fox hunting something in a woodpile and mule deer grazing through the campground.

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Palo Duro Canyon SPPalo Duro Canyon SP
Palo Duro Canyon SP

Tom turkey displaying for the hens
Capulin VolcanoCapulin Volcano
Capulin Volcano

Looking into the crater from the rim
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From the rim of Capulin Volcano

Sangre de Cristo Mtns in the distance, lava beds in foreground
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La Veta, CO

Mule deer in the campground, good advertising
Spanish PeaksSpanish Peaks
Spanish Peaks

as seen from our campground in La Veta
Red Fox Red Fox
Red Fox

In campground at La Veta, CO

19th May 2010

how's your foot Ker? love the pic's Charlie, hope you're both feeling well.
20th May 2010

Spanish Peaks.....awesome!

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