Petrified Forest/Painted Desert
|Very green lizard atop petrified wood. Brad and Doug were convinced it was fake because it never moved. I was just about to zoom in for an artsy close up when he proved them wrong and skittered away.||Doug in the middle of a prehistoric forest. Bradley had seen enough and retreated back to the air conditioned visitor center. Doug was game for a hike in the heat.|
|The agate bridge: petrified log left air borne by erosion. That ugly man-made support was added sometime last century, I think.||Painted Desert from Nizhoni Point, north of the Interstate.|
|Kristi at Kachina Point, behind the Painted Desert Inn.||Keith there as well. The kids didn't even bother getting out of the van, preferring to stay and play GameBoy.|
Cumbres & Toltec Railroad
|Brad, Grandma Leslie and Grandpa Art prepare to depart from Chama NM on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.||Brad and Grandma Leslie have figured out how to lower the window and get air in the car.|
|After pulling a 4 percent grade out of Chama, the train arrives atop Cumbres pass, 10,015 ft. in elevation.||Brad, Grandma Leslie and Grandpa Art discuss area geology, history of the railroad, and what to have for lunch.|
|Grandpa Art and Brad enjoy the Los Pinos Valley
from the open car, Brad's favorite spot on the train.
|So much debris (right) falls from the cliffs (left) that the fireman gets off and looks around the corner ahead of the train.|
|Artsy picture of engine and water fall.||Osier, Colorado, where we stop for lunch. Art and Leslie switch trains here, and head back to Chama.|
|If you take the train from Chama to Osier
and back, you get the two trestles (twice), but you miss out on
the two tunnels.
|Brad spent the entire second half of the trip out in the open car. He was the only out there for a while, as a not insubstantial afternoon thundershower chased less goal oriented passengers back to their seats inside.|
|The sign says, "Enter New Mexico." The
tracks criss cross the NM/CO border 11 times before ending in Antonito,
Colorado, where we board a bus to go back
|I got so used to taking pictures of people in front of steam engines, I couldn't help myself. Brad didn't cooperate by turning around, however.|
|The old coaling tower from 1880 still works
Chama, but certain modern conveniences have
intruded upon the operation of the railroad.
|Brad and I got the treat of watching the engine empty its firebox into the ash pit.|
In and Around Los Alamos
|Since last year's fire, we always (2 out of
go the back route from Albuquerque to Los Alamos through the Jemez Mountains.
|Elk in the Valle Grande, in the middle of the Baca Ranch which the Federal Government recently bought but doesn't quite know what to do with yet.|
|The ski hill road, which runs up the side
of Los Alamos canyon, offers many views of the fire
|Somewhere between lunch and dinner events Friday and Saturday, and leaving Sunday morning, Kristi had to repack the entire family into three separate bags for three separate directions on Sunday.|
|Ken and Keith in Mom's backyard.||If he's not in the picture, he must have taken the picture.|