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Oct 4, 2016 - Moving on the Bloomfield, New Mexico

Back on the move again. Today to head north we have to drive south 55 miles to get a road that will take us up to Bloomfield, New Mexico. Driving south we pass by Santa Fe and will almost get to Albuquerque before we turn north. I avoided Albuquerque this time because the huge Balloon Festival is going on, but as we were turning off I-25 to head north we could see several balloons up flying. This next part of the drive was spectacular. We were slowly climbing and the hills and buttes surrounding the road were just unbelievable, so many...

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To Maine and back

Jun 2, 2016 - Angel Peak

The Angel Peak Scenic Area is a BLM recreation area located about 15 miles south of Bloomfield, New Mexico. The recreation area, more than 10,000 acres of rugged terrain, features Angel Peak (elevation 6,988 feet), colorful badlands and deep canyons. Angel Peak and the higher terrain are made up of the Eocene San Jose Formation (sandstone), and the badlands are made up of the underlying Paleocene Nacimiento Formation: shale, mudstone, and fine sandstone. Three picnic areas and a campground are located along the canyon rim overlooking Angel...

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2016 RV Adventure

Nov 10, 2011 - Petroglyph National Monument

We traveled 25 miles down the road to Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, NM. We stopped first at Rinconada Canyon site as it was the first pull out before reaching the Visitors Center. It was a nice 2.5 mile walking trail and there were approximately 1200 petroglyphs is this area. We happened to pick the site within the park with the most petroglyphs to be seen. I will say that both Herb and I were disheartened to see that some of the petroglyphs were destroyed, or at least impacted, by people using them as targets. Or, perhaps,...

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May 16, 2011 - Chaco Cultural Center National Monument

Visiting archaeological sites was not the main focus of our trip, but we have visited the 2000 year old "Stone Fort" in Tennessee, 1000 year old "Cahokia Mounds" in Illinois, and now the 1000 year old Chacoan culture. The Navajo revere the Chaco Canyon sites as sacred, a home of their ancestors. It was an impressive collection of buildings in the middle of a dry canyon. They built extensive structures over a period of 300 years, cutting and collecting stone from the top of the mesas, cutting and transporting timber from 50 miles away and...

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Spring Sojourn 2011

May 15, 2011 - Navajo Lake and Wines of the San Juan

After escaping windy, dusty Santa Fe, we found ourself in Bloomfield, NM. This is a small town near the famous Chaco Canyon. Today, we drove north looking for a winery advertised in the campground. What a serendipitous find. The winery is a family affair built along the San Juan River. The area is quite the oasis. They are able to irrigate the vines and berry bushes. We found it a charming respite. The owner told us there was a big bass tournament just a few miles up the road. It was being followed by ESPN and all the fishing big wigs. We...

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Spring Sojourn 2011

Sep 16, 2010 - Exploring More Ruins

This morning, we headed out in the coolness of the day to explore two nearby puebloan ruin sites. The first one is called Aztec Ruins located in the tiny town of Aztec. While the ruins are called the Aztec Ruins, they have nothing to do with the Aztec civilization that was located in Mexico. Instead, these ruins were of a community built 1000 years ago by the same ancient Puebloans whose ruins we saw in Arizona and Utah. -- This particular community was quite large and some of the rooms were three stories high. The ruins have been...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Sep 15, 2010 - Bloomfield, New Mexico

Since we only traveled around 40 miles today, we did not have to get an early start and it was nice to sleep in a bit and start the morning with a nice, long shower in the rig. -- We headed south on Highway 550. climbing away from Durango up onto the top of a mesa. We followed the Animas River once again through a pretty green valley. Once we passed into New Mexico, we dropped down off the mesa right next to the river. -- We are staying in the tiny town of Bloomfield, New Mexico, about 7 miles south of Aztec where there are some ruins...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

May 19, 2010 - A day of rest

No pictures, no nothing, we divided our trip up to 2 weeks out, four weeks in New Mexico are and then two weeks back to Fernandin Beach. Well. it's not quite half time but we decided to take the day off today. First thing was to pick up Mimi at the doggy spa where we left her yesterday while we went to Chaco. Then we hit Walmart to buy some trekking poles to use use on our hiking escapades. And then Lowes to replace some water fittings that I left at the last RV park. Sam's was next where Susan found some tri-tips, one of which I'm going to...

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Southwest Express

May 18, 2010 - Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Canyon - even after 16 miles on a dusty, washboard gravel road, this place is really something! This valley was the center of the ancestral Puebloan (known as Chacoan) culture over 1,000 years ago - from the mid 800s - and lasted more than 300 years. Over 400 miles of roads have been identified that connected the dozens of great houses (massive stone buildings) in the Valley with over 150 great houses in the region. The largest of the great homes in Chaco is Pueblo Bonita, the center of the Chacoan world. Planned and built in stages...

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May 16, 2010 - Four Corners/Aztec Ruins

Today's road trip was west on US 64 to the Teec Nos Pos Trading Post at the intersection of Arizona US 160. The trading post was stared in 1905 by Hamp Noel and his wife, Eva Foutz. In the past century four generations of the family have operated the trading post which is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation. The trading post specializes in rugs, carvings, jewelry and other items that are handmade by the Navajos in this area. We then drove done to the Four Corners Monument which is also on the reservation. The bad news is that the...

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May 15, 2010 - Bloomfield, NM

Not too much to report today. Susan did some laundry early and we pulled out of the park round 11. We were only doing 135 miles with the first leg being almost due north from Gallup to Shiprock ( 95 miles) and then east on US 64 to Bloomfield. We're here for 4 or 5 nights and will being day trips, one for sure to Chaco Valley on Tuesday. Mimi had such good time at the K9 Fun Camp that we are looking for another camp for her. S - We are tired. I think the hiking and altitude is taking it's toll on us old folks, but we persist. After we...

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Southwest Express

Apr 4, 2010 - Aztec Ruins & Chaco Canyon

On Saturday we left Albuquerque around 8:30 AM heading northwest towards our destination at Bloomfield, NM. We had found a route that allowed us to skirt around the west side of Albuquerque which made the trip much quicker. We passed through some very scenic areas during the 185 mile drive before we arrived at our RV Park shortly after 12:00 PM. We set up and had lunch and decided to take in a few sites as we had the entire afternoon. We traveled a few miles north of Bloomfield to Aztec, NM. This is the location of the Aztec Ruins National...

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