Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Snowy Spring Day

Yesterday we had a little snow that persisted on and off for much of the day. But it was light and was only sticking on the ground a little. But this morning we woke up to a much heavier snowfall which didn't let up until sometime after noon. It was a beautiful snow fall and made the landscape look wonderful. So I decided to take a few pictures to remember this late snow that we received.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

NM Highway 63: Dalton Canyon, Holy Ghost, and Cowles

Today Thomas and I took a road trip up to Pecos for a chance to get out of the house and meet up with a friend. One of our friends was camping out by Dalton Canyon and had invited us to come up for the day and hang out. So we left Santa Fe and drove to Pecos and then turned onto NM 63. From NM 50 in Pecos we drove north on NM 63. I have been on this road before but only a short distance. I have visited Monastery Lake and the Lisboa Springs Fish Hatchery on a couple of drives out there. But that is as far along the road as I had been. Today would be different - we were going to drive the entire road up to Cowles.

We arrived at Dalton Canyon around noon and hung out with our friend and his buddies for a couple of hours. Before you arrive at Dalton Canyon you pass Dalton Picnic Area and Dalton Fishing Access Site. We didn't stop here, we just continued to meet our friend. He and his buddies were camping just off NM 63 on Forest Road 123 (Dalton Canyon Road) next to a small creek. We walked around the area for a while and I took some pictures. Then we left Dalton Canyon and continued up NM 63. Our next stop was at Holy Ghost Campground. We parked and walked for a bit along the creek here. It would have been nice to do a hike but we weren't prepared to do that so we just enjoyed our short walk. From the campground we returned to NM 63 and continued our drive. We passed the Terrero General Store and made our way to Cowles. Here we walked along the Pecos River for a while and then spent a little time walking around Cowles Pond.

We left Cowles and headed back down NM 63 and made our way home. It was a great afternoon driving in a beautiful area. I think we will have to make another trip to the area and do some hiking.