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Ruins of Ft Union

Today we drove north through New Mexico stopping at the small town of Corrizozo to visit and have breakfast with Mel’s old Ski Instructor friend Marty Davenport. Marty has been involved with the Adaptive (handicapped)ski program at Ski Apache ski area near Alto, NM for many years. Mel and Marty were Ski Instructors together at Eldora Ski Area near Boulder CO in the mid 80’s.

Our drive north was through remote NM ranch land on a small two lane road that passed through a picturesque small village and river valley. There were many narrow and tight turns that Nancy would gladly have avoided while travelling in our 34ft motor home and towing our car.

By late afternoon were on I-25, a major freeway. We stopped to visit Fort Union National Monument in northeast NM. This fort, located at a major junction of the Santa Fe Trail, was established after the Spanish American War. The fort was reconstructed three times as it grew in importance from 1851 to 1891 when the railroads in the west made Fort Union obsolete. During this period the fort had been significant in protecting trade and settlers from Mexicans and Indians as well as playing a role during the Civil War and was home to the famous Buffalo Soldiers during the Indian Wars following the Civil War.

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