Burned mountains around LA, from Pajarito to Guaje Ridge
Sherwood Family Vacation to Los Alamos, June 2001

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 
to Chama.
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 in
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 2 times) 
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.