Thanks to my friends, Pat and Kevin, I saw everything in Los Alamos. I was pleasantly surprised by its small-town atmosphere and its WOWWIE WOW scenery. Also its library book sale where I found three books I've been looking for.
Pat and Kevin have great friends; they were very warm and welcoming to me. An evening in a hot tub - watching shooting stars in the dark New Mexico night and drinking wine - was a special highlight. Thanks, Jeannie!
|Golgotha? Or just some skull place?|
|Tsankawi (say "SAAN quay")|
You're looking at the ladder that stopped my hike. I made it to the second rung, thank you very much.
|The Rio Grande, north of where we start mocking it.|
Kevin gave me a geology lesson here, which I will now pass along to you. About 1.25 million years, a nearby volcano erupted, shooting lava rock as far as Kansas. Some stayed here and became scenery. Since we were talking about it, he said Let's go to the caldera!
It's like this: a volcano gets fired up and erupts, then it collapses on itself and has a beer. One and a quarter million years later, elk frolic and people camp. All is forgiven.
|Fenton Lake State Park|
|This is Fenton.|
|Jemez Mountains looking dapper.|
|Jemez ("HAY mez") Springs|
We had lunch at Highway 4 Café. They knew what I meant by "vegan," which always makes me feel like I'm not so alone. I had a fairly delicious sweet potato burrito. Among the three of us there were three different dietary requirements, and they managed to work with all of them. No-frills dining.
|Do not adjust your set.|
|Soda Dam. It's not how it sounds - bring your own beverage.|
From there I headed toward Datil (where?) and my friends, Betty and John. This is another small and welcoming community. We're cooking up some mischief here. Details to follow ... maybe.
|The Land Porcelain Forgot|