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Sugarite Park, Raton New Mexico

The morning I got up to head up to Clayton Lake, I was greeted with a flat tire. After ascertaining that there was no where to get a tire fixed in Clayton w/it out costing me about 100 bucks, I made some calls and found a place – 84 miles away. I inflated the tire, it dropped like a stone. I swapped out to my donut in about 5 minutes and headed out to Raton.

I got to the place in question, and after figuring out that the tire had a bad valve, and an oil change, I was talking to Brian, the counter guy. I told him the flat tanked my day for hiking. He asked if I had my stuff with me. I said yup. He directed me to Sugarite and even told me the two best trails for hiking and for views.

After dishing out some cash for shirts and stuff at the visitors center, I headed up the Coal Mining trail.

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Then! I headed up another trail, and when I say up, I mean – straight up in some places. The views there after were stunning and well worth the climb.

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SunSets

I decided to go take a drive one evening after work, headed towards Raton. And had a great view of a stunning sunset that night. I must admit, New Mexico has some great sunsets!  And some wonderful views of the landscape.

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Capulin Volcano

I decided during my time away that I’d spend my weekends hiking and seeing “what is out there”. Life can be boring if you sit around all day and stare at the four walls. Work was always interesting, and I wanted my weekends to be thus as well.

Google and I found Capulin Volcano, my 1st weekend hiking trip. I took off early in, and was graced with a great sunrise. Of course, I pulled over to check it out.

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I think I was slightly trepidations as going up at such a height, due to my Menierre’s disease. But it seemed I was in no danger of getting “dizzy” and falling off the volcano.

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You can see for what feels like forever. A stark contrast to where I’m from, in Maine, where there are trees and more trees. And some moose. Let us not forget the moose. The tapestry of New Mexico is quite gorgeous. Browns, and reds and the bright blues of the sky. Where as in Maine, there are the greens and the deep browns of the earth and the paler blue of the skies.

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The rim of the volcano offered some spectacular views. And a nice walk to boot. The lower section of the park was pretty warm when I got there, but the upper rim was windy and frigid. As long as I kept moving, it did not seem to bother me: to much.

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The rim walk is little over a mile and brisk, you do feel as though you are going uphill, both ways until you head back down to the parking lot.

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Then you head down and into the crater, where the real fun looking rocks are. Pitted and deep reds and greys.

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There is another trail at the base of the volcano, bring water! There is no shade and no breeze, and can be pretty warm even if it is only 75 degrees.

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Setting Suns

 

I love the sunrise, but I adore the sun setting.  There is no other light like it. 

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Looking Up

Storm:  Our lovely pup.  We got her about a week after we moved in together (Talk about not having commitment issues, huh!) 

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Old School

Photos taken before the time of digital.  Imagine only having 24 opportunities to take the perfect picture.  Photography has taken a huge leap in popularity in the last few years – Mainly due to the fact that its become so easy with cheaper cameras, lens, and post processing to take a GREAT picture.  You take a “good” picture and make it great with post processing.  Back in “the day” you had to take a great pic right out of the camera. 

 

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‘Tis the Season

It’s that time of year when the blooms on the potatoes begin to emerge, letting us know what is beneath the earth.  Golds, blues, purples, reds – all different blooms. 

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