It was a short 66 mile drive today from Walsenburg, CO to Raton,NM. It included climbing over the Raton Pass at 7,824 feet. The climb was about 1,800 feet in nine miles as we started at Trinidad, Co which is at 6,000 feet. It wasn't too bad until the last three miles where the grade got quite a bit steeper but the Mothership just kept chugging on up and then coasted down into Raton.
We are staying at the Raton KOA and have a 50 amp full hookup pull-through that would be long enough to keep Libby attached though we disconnected so we could tour. The park is a big gravel lot with sites about 35 feet wide. Not much shade but we didn't want any as we needed to get the satellite for tomorrow's football games. :) We have great Verizon coverage and so-so campground WiFi. They use TengoNet - nuff said. Cable is also provided but we will not need it here.
Right after setting up we headed for Capulin Volcano National Monument
, about 30 miles from Raton. After getting there, we watched a short movie at the visitor center which was very informative, then drove up the mountain to the top and took a hike on the rim trail. That trail walks around the one-mile rim which involves a lot of steep ascents and descents. It took us about an hour to make the trip with frequent rest stops while climbing. I couldn't have done this trail five months ago but both of us are in much better shape now. This area of NE New Mexico is known as the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field which covers the area and has many extinct volcanoes throughout the area. Capulin is the newest one being only about 30,000 years old. Other than the volcanoes, the area is absolutely flat for miles.
Saturday was college football and that is all we did. Again, some more great games. Tomorrow we head for Cochiti Lake about 30 miles NW of Sante Fe, NM where we will spend 10 days, most of it just relaxing and enjoying the camping life style.