May 27, 2016
We have been on the road for a month. Seems like we just left Evanston and Nashville. Northern New Mexico was great. Several surprise areas that were not in my limited research. I mentioned Valles Caldera in a previous post. Last week we drove deep into Valle Vidal a beautiful 100,000 acre mountain basin in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. We were in search of the Elk herds but didn’t find them. I fished on Costia Creek and fantasized that I was Ted Turner who owns Vermejo Park Ranch, 600,000 acres to the north.
We are now in South Central Colorado at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Wish I could say the weather was great. All I can say is that it changes quickly.
The good news is that we are surrounded by tent campers. So if we start to feel sorry for ourselves we just look out the window.
May 22, 2016
Don’t know what happened. I posted an update about Taos last week and it’s gone. It was really good too with awesome photos. Oh well.
Fishing isn’t always relaxing. Yesterday I dropped my reel into the fast moving water of the Red River. You feel very helpless watching it wash away while you have about 150 yards of line to frantically pull in hand over hand hoping that the clerk at the store tied a good knot at the end. He did and will now get a Yelp 5 star review.
Luckily we are very remote here in Northern New Mexico and there were no witnesses or hidden video cameras. We are camped in the “Wild Rivers” area of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. We are seven hundred feet above the confluence of the Rio Grande and Red Rivers. We hiked down to the Red yesterday. Down is pretty easy. Up is another story. Today is a day of rest.
May 7, 2016
We are northwest of Santa Fe. This is known as Georgia O’Keefe country. Maybe too much. She didn’t discover it. She just lived here and painted the beautiful scenery. We hiked “Plaza Blanca” near Abiquiu (where O’Keeffe lived).
We toured Valles Caldera National Preserve, reminding me of the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone (without the bison).
Drove along some dirt roads reacquainting the Touareg with that fine red dust that gets everywhere.
We even got our own personal escort through Los Alamos. I guess the Airstream was suspect.
In case you were worried, Rex is doing fine.