The Fearless Bus crew recently watched Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, New Mexico episode. In it he described it as a mix of people including the folks who have been here for centuries, newer European immigrants, people who came for health along what we call the Tuberculosis Trail; and the influx of artists of all kinds.
We should probably back up a bit and talk about Bottomless Lakes here just outside of Roswell. It is yet another state park that has a great deal of physical beauty. The lakes are small but sparkling clear.
This is one of our fav places. Below the Caballo Dam along the river, this campground offers green grass, a low number of goats heads, and the ability to boondock along the river without giving things like showers.
Nothing ever goes as planned. No matter how much research and YouTube binging you do on any subject, having the experience is always, always profoundly different. The start of my CDT thru-hike did not defy this expectation. One minute I was visualizing in my head being there, the next minute I was there with 85 miles of desert between me and the next McDonalds. It would be a long way to go.
I know people stack up waiting their turns to get into the "big" parks - Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Glacier, etc - and I am eagerly awaiting seeing those parks. However, it is amazing how nice some of the smaller state parks are, how inspiring and grand they can be.
Coyote Creek State Park, about an hour southeast of Taos, is nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains along a meandering stream. Enclosed by a forest of spruce and pine, the small valley displays abundant wildflowers and beautiful fall foliage. The park is ideal for fly fishing, camping, hiking and birding.
It is always a great day when you acquire a new favorite word! Often during our bus rides I have opportunity to just sit and think.
We left Coyote Creek to the last of the golden Aspen leaves blowing on the wind. It was a paint with all the "Colors of the Wind" moment if you get the reference. Hard to leave this place but the knowledge that they pulled the plug and shut off the water on Halloween morning prompted us to get up and head down the mountain that Sunday before.
We have used this as our home base for landing in TorC for 3 year now. Great park, lots of hiking, water for a desert, and with the New Mexico camping pass is only $4 a night for an electric and water site.
So after James and Jonathon spent an entire evening helping us out, we ended up staying over at the Days Inn the night before the election. Side note - it was a great Days Inn, super breakfast, didn't charge us for the dog, king size bed, first floor. Really great.
Today I say farewell to Truth or Consequences and start the trip to Crazy Cook. We've been here about 6 months which I've put almost training 500 miles along the Rio Grande. Along the way I've taken photos of some of the sights and put a few together in this video, please enjoy.
Well, I gotta tell you, it's hard to argue with spending the summer in southern Colorado! Even though we were far out of range of all of the internet, all of the television, all of the cell phone ranges (well, sometimes a bird would flyover....) we had a fine time. So here we are and Jaco's chillaxin right next to the Rio Grand. This is the lovely Riverside area of the Caballo Dam Campgrounds, part of Caballo Lake State Park. There was a Chilli Challenge going on so we were forced to boondock and it was quite nice!
Well this week sees us back in one of our very favorite states - New Mexico - and absolutely one of our favorite mountain ranges, the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Taos. Although we can barely breath up here it still feels like a load is lifted when you step out and gasp for that first deep breath of mountain air. Gorgeous.
A running joke at Fearless Radio has always been time zones. The two changes of the clock during the year always put a special twist on the thing, like, you know all of Arizona doesn't have DST. They are ahead of their time (so to speak).
This Saturday, our last day at Coyote Creek and Halloween weekend, we were comfortable that we had a neighbor staying over. It was after 1:00 p.m. and they were still there. We had discussed how it would be a bit fun and spooky if we were left alone on our last night.
Coming back to one of the coolest state parks in New Mexico, Elephant Butte State Park, I found myself looking forward to getting reacquainted with the quail and that terrific view of the beautiful night sky.
So in case you missed it, I've decided to hike the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail from The New Mexico / Mexico border to Glacier National Park on the Canadian / US border.
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