Thursday, May 08, 2008

We Travel to Pagosa Springs, Colorado

It was a two-day journey up here. I drove all the. For those who don't know, Sandi had hip replacement surgery and really not up to driving.

We stopped by Capulin Volcano National Monument, NM, along the way. We drove to the summit. Sandi was terrified of the crater. This 10,000-year-old volcano is dormant, but Sandi had been reading about another volcano that recently became active.

There was a walkway to the bottom of the crater. We did not go there. There was a trail around the edge of the crater. We did not go their either.

I made the mistake of talking about the "dangers" and altitude (10,800 feet) of Wolf Creek Pass. Sandi was terrified! Luckily, the state of Colorado has video cameras on the pass and we could see the actual conditions on the pass before we left Amarillo on Sunday morning.

So the trip of the pass was very nice. There a lot of snow, but no ice on the road.

On the first morning, I got up early and caught a brilliant sunrise on my Nikon D-200 camera. Our Wyndham timeshare resort has a beautiful pond outside the back patio. The pond was glassy smoothe and the sunlight on the snow capped mountain tops was beautiful.

We spend the day driving around Pagosa Springs. We drove on a dirt road to get some mountain pictures. I wanted images without power lines and signs of human habitation. Those sights are hard to find driving around in a Lexus.

On Tuesday, we drove into Pagosa Springs and visited the hot springs.

On Wednesday, we drove to Chama, NM, where the Cumbres & Toltec narrow gauge railroad is headquartered. The rail route tops out at 11,000 foot elevation on the trip up to Antonita, CO. Everything was mostly closed. The trains don't run until around May 30th.

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