Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Forest Jeep Drive

We took a drive. It was on FR (Forest Road) 144. It went from Espanola west for 60 miles. We went as high as 10,946 ft up. Along the way we saw some beautiful scenery and found one geocache. It took us 4 hours and 8 minutes to go the 60 miles.

This was the view where the geocache was found.

 We could see the other side of the butte we see at our campsite and the lake were we are camped.



Many different rock formations.
We met a couple from Australia when we were eating lunch and they showed us an intesting phamplet about a road we hadn't seen so off we went. The scenery was beautiful.
 It took us to the Gillman Tunnels that were dug thru two mountains in 1920.
The road took us out near Fenton Lake State Park.
 The campsites are very small and the lake had scum on most of it.
As it was getting near sunset we were on the road back to our campground and witnessed this pretty butte just glowing in the sun.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Canyon Geocaching Trip

When we moved from Eagle Nest to Abiquiu we passed thru this beautiful canyon and we wanted to explore it more. We downloaded geocaches in the area and off we went.
 Along the way we watched the rafter's.
 We found rusty stuff, interesting signs and a museum full of antiques.
 Donna rested with a cool drink while Bob went exploring thru the place.
 Some geocaches where at pretty views and interesting things.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Abiquiu....

To get to our new location we drove thru Taos. There was a Fiesta going on an we were just ahead of the parade. The streets were lined with people and we had fun waving at them like we were one of the floats. 

Along the way we drove thru some pretty countryside. 
 The road hugged the banks of the Rio Grande River. There were kayaker's and rafts.
 And more pretty scenery.
We picked out a site and got parked. Lois was parked nearby. We had a beautiful view of the lake out our windshield for the first 2 nights. Then we moved across the street so this view is out our couch window now. Lois moved to the site next door. We decided to stay longer so had to move to a non-reservable site.
The sunsets here were awesome. Even a rainbow behind us.
 
Donna took Lois for a drive up the road to see the pretty scenery. Along the way they stopped at Ghost Ranch. Georgia O'Keefe's home was here. Now it is a place that does events and retreats.
 Views of Lake Abiquiu.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Last Week at Eagle Nest

We went geocaching quite a bit this last week. Nearby is the Vietman Veteran's Memorial State Park. 
 Up a dirt road southeast of Angle Fire took us to this pretty view.
 There was a geocache (which we didn't find) at this shark rock.
We did see this pretty butterfly.
Another day took us to 10,000' and this beautiful meadow called Garcia Peak.
                         
 We got a new humming bird feeder and we saw a new to us bird. A Rufus hummingbird.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Our Enchanting Day

We had a wonderful day exploring the "Enchanted Circle" here in NM. We first went for breakfast in Angel Fire then headed to Taos geocaching along the highway thru Taos Canyon. 

At Taos we stopped first at the Indian Casino where our friend Brad was parked. We went inside and gambled a little. Bob's restroom break cost him $10 but Donna won 59 cents.

We briefly stopped at Walmart for some non-perishable stuff and cooler clothes for Donna as it was a lot warmer on this side of the circle.

We continued up to Questa where we checked out the camping at Wild River's National Recreation area which has just become a National Monument. The Rio Grande Gorge is beautiful but the camping was mostly for tents or small units. It was also 16 miles from town.
 After our dinner in Red River we headed home and came across this huge herd of elk.

 Continuing on we could see Eagle Lake in the distance.
 Upon entering the state park we were greeted by this beautiful buck.