Camping & Taking Photos in E. California and the SouthWest

Archive for July, 2012

New Mexico Wanderings

We spent 3 nights in the Wild Rivers Recreation area, enjoying our campsite on the rim overlooking the Rio Grande. The evenings and mornings were cool and beautiful; we’d spend┬ámost of the day in town.

On Tuesday we got a call from our friend Dave, telling us that Diana had collapsed, was in the hospital and unconscious. The next day we drove back to Albuquerque via Chimayo to get our trailer and pack up. Chimayo is known for its weaving and for El Santurio where people go for the healing powers. We didn’t spend much time there; I’m anxious to return when we have plenty of time to explore.

From Albuequerque, we drove to Torrey UT to get some things we left at our friend Jay’s house. We stayed the night in his home – it’s such a neat place. It’s unique cordwood construction is beautiful. The wood is laid in the walls crosswise with masonry surrounding the individual pieces of wood. The ends of the wood are polished and there are some polished stones in the walls as well.

From Torrey we headed to Kanab UT, driving over Boulder Mountain through the small town of Boulder UT (of course, we had to stop at the coffeeshop) then over the Hogs Back and through Escalante Canyon (stopping at the Kiva Koffeehouse for lunch) and on to Kanab. While we were in Kanab, we looked at a home we’re going to rent Jan-March. It’s amazing – the home is beautiful and the view is spectacular. There are lots of hikes nearby (one right across the street) and it’s only 40 miles to Zion National Park, and 20 miles to an area we visited earlier this year between Kanab and Lake Powell where there are so many places to explore…Buckskin Gulch (longest slot canyon in the US), The Wave, WhitePocket, and on and on.

We spent the night in Kanab, then drove to Bishop CA to leave our trailer and a lot of gear, then started back to Seattle.

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