Saturday, June 27, 2009

NM: Carlsbad Caverns

June 28, 2009

5ish hour drive to southern New Mexico to Carlsbad Caverns.

Entrance to the batcave...
Stalactites and stalagmites

Interesting rock formation.

Ranger Corrie!

NM: Roswell

June 28, 2009

I visited Roswell after Carlsbad Caverns. The museum was pretty generic with lots of conspiracy theories and lots of pictures of UFOs. Oddly, the only picture I have is of alien that I met out in the parking lot.

While in NM, I did see two potential UFOs. The first was during the Albuquerque century bike ride and the other was while driving on the highway. New Mexico has a lot of word reflections and light phenomenoms that occur due to the wide open spaces, the plentiful sunshine and the strange reflections. I guess the truth is out there....

NM: Hiking Rim Vista Trail

June 20, 2009

With my women's hiking group that I joined, we drove north to Abiqui for a hike. It was raining pretty hard, so we stopped at Ghost Ranch first, which is the location where Georgia O'Keefe lived and painted many of her famous scenery paintings. The first two pictures are of the mountains around Ghost Ranch.

This is from the summit of our hike peering down through the clouds.

Me at the top of the summit.

On our way back down, me posing next to a tree.

A full rainbow on our way back to Santa Fe.

A very secluded white rock indian burial ground.

From the distance you can see the crazy rock formations that formed from sun, rain and wind.

Mountains with varying colors.

Vary colors again.

This hike was very beautiful even in the rain. Yellows, reds, greens, whites, all sorts of shades around.

Friday, June 12, 2009

NM: Visit from Mom and Dad to NM

June 12 - 15, 2009

Mother and father came for a visit to Santa Fe. Mom has never been to New Mexico and dad was 50 years ago with boyscouts. After I picked them up at the Albuquerque airport, we went to the Sandia Tram. The sandia tram is the worlds longest aerial tram which travels 2.7 miles up to the Sandia peak which is over 10,000 feet in the air. From the top you get over an 11,000 panoramic view of the land of enchantment (New Mexico). This first picture is a view on the way up the tram looking west.

Mom and I at 10,000 feet!

Dad and I at 10,000 feet!

We took the rest of the day easy and headed back to Santa Fe. On Saturday we went to Bandalier National Monument in Los Alamos, New Mexico. This picture is of dad going up the ladder into a cave dwelling.

After Los Alamos, we drove to Taos, NM. On the way we stopped at the earthships. Below is a picture of the sample earthship. You can see the glass bottles and aluminum cans that were used as a building source. Along with recycled materials, most earth ships grow there own fruits and vegetables, use sustainable energy sources such as wind and solar and reuse water.

On the way into Taos, we crossed the very famous Rio Grande Gorge bridge. The bridge is the fifth highest bridge in the US and goes over the Rio Grande Gorge which was filmed in many movies including Natural Born Killers and the recent Transformers movie. Below is a picture of the gorge and the rio grande river.

Mom and dad decided not to go over the bridge due to the extreme WIND! This is a picture of myself with my back to the wind...

And a picture with my front to the wind.

On Sunday, we went to the Georgia O'Keefe museum and museum of fine arts in Santa Fe, both very interesting. For dinner we went to a steak house-- not exactly what Santa Fe is famous for. While eating, we noticed the rain, the sun and dark clouds which produce what New Mexico is famous for.... RAINBOWS!

And another picture of a rainbow from outside of my apartment. Sadly there was no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow.

Thanks mom and dad for the visit!

NM: Dave Matthews concert at Journal Pavillion

May 5, 2009

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! My third Dave Matthews concert an hour from Santa Fe in Albuquerque.

4 fake mexicans that I took a picture with. No cameras were allowed but nobody was going to stop the single girl by herself.

Beautiful sunset.

La musica.

Ants marching.

A great concert as usual.

NM: Hiking at Jemez Springs

May 31, 2009

I found a women's hiking group on Craigslist for New Mexican women. This was our first hike about an hour from Santa Fe. This picture is of the Valle Calldera which is usually full of herds of elk and buffalo.

This is the Jemez creek that we hiked along.

Apparently there is grass and greenery in New Mexico. I've been corrected several times. New Mexico isn't desert. It's high desert.

Hiking out of the canyon.

In total there were about 15 of us that hiked that day from around New Mexico.

NM: Sandia Tram

June 12, 2009

With mom and dad's visit, the first stop was to the Sandia Tram. This is the worlds longest tram, over 2 miles.

So many beautiful pictures. You don't realize how high up you are and how big the city is until you're on your way up.

NM: Albuquerque Century bike ride

June 6, 2009

The plan was for me to ride my first century bike ride (that's 100 miles.) Post ride picture with a rock.

The rio grande.

Huge hill. And guess what awaited me at the top????

My first flat tire. I could see the rest stop, so instead of trying to fix it on my own, I walked the 3/4ths of a mile and had this guy fix it. Then while refueling myself, part of my clip on my shoe fell off. Bad luck!

Looking west to the Sandia Mountains which are over 10,000 feet above sea level. I was on the mesa east of Albuquerque.

At the third to last rest stop my dreams of riding my first century were crushed. I was told there would be no more water at the last two rest stops because I took too long. I did make 70 miles though!

NM: Mary's visit to Santa Fe

May 20-26, 2009

In between jobs, my friend Mary decided to drive to Santa Fe to visit. We went hiking, white water rafting, exploring and camping. The first picture was during our hike above the Rio Grande River Gorge.
The mountains of Taos from afar and across the gorge.
Our tent during our two nights of camping in the gorge. The first night we heard a neighbor get arrested and another go the ER for alcohol poisoning. The second night we were awakened by coyotes. I don't know which night was worse, they both were scary!

The rio grande.

The famous church in Chimayo, El Sanctuario de Chimayo in New Mexico is the location where a friar found a crucifix in 1810 and has been a mecca ever since. There is holy dirt that you can purchase and a room filled with discarded crutches, canes and braces. Many people do a pilgrammage to this church especially around Easter time every year.

Thanks for the visit Mary!