Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Sunday at 7,500 Feet

Mountains north of Taos in fall color

Changing scrub oak thickets light up burned over mountain

For the last nineteen years, I’ve lived within 30 miles of scenes like this. Could have been doing something else, I guess, but hey. To me this kind of space and clarity comes close to peak existence. It ruins you for ever moving to a city, though. We ate our sandwiches at a pristine picnic [...]

Two Days Ago

Rio Grande del Norte

Managed almost a mile and a half before the weather turned us back

Yeah, we got a little wet. It wasn’t bad. That line of virga with rain behind it snuck up on us faster than I expected, or maybe not. I do love a certain element of weather risk. Quite the glorious foreshortened hike, otherwise.

More Gorge, Less Mess

Rio Pueblo gorge

Looking south toward the Rio Grande from the Rio Pueblo gorge

The vantage point above is very close to where we live. Yes, I know you’ve seen this view. I can reach it by driving less than fifteen minutes and walking briskly for ten minutes more, and every time, I’m simply stunned. So what, though, in the larger scheme of things? We have to leave our [...]

Found It Again

Rio Grande view

No one here at all

We were half an hour down the road at 10 to 15 mph except for crawling over black volcanic boulders. The Dakota’s V-8 chugged happily enough that in the smoother stretches, I had the brief sensation I was piloting a boat at low speed in the vast high desert sea. And then we saw the [...]

Wednesday Getaway (Video)

The mighty Dodge Dakota took us quite a few miles into the outback yesterday. I’m happy to report that the expedition to the vicinity of Ute Mountain (Rio Grande del Norte National Monument) went perfectly. The truck had to crawl over boulders and in and out of holes and did so without scraping bottom once. [...]

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