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Oct 7, 2013 - Tucumcari to Mountainair

Sunday: We have to watch about stopping in Tucumcari over a Sunday. Not much is open. We had plans of visiting some places and eating out again. But it didn't happen. We did stop at the Dollar store and Alco but they didn't have what we wanted. So it was a day of just hanging out and resting. Monday: Hello from Mountainair, NM!! We had a VERY uneventful trip - which is just the way I like it. Up early and gassed up and then came back to the Elk Lodge parking lot to hook up the pick-up. Then down I-40 west for about 50 miles. To avoid...

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Summer 2013 Travels

Jun 3, 2009 - Manzano Mountains

Nestled in the wooded foothills of the Manzano Mountains is the state park, steward of numerous species of trees, the dominant tree being the ponderosa pine. However Alligator Juniper, named for the checkered pattern on the bark of older trees, dot the landscape. We camped here for over a week, enjoying the mountain air, hikes and numerous and varied nature presentations by Rangers. At 7,600 ft it was a bit cold in the evenings but great campfire weather!

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Feb 1, 2008 - Salinas Pueblo Missions

Within the Salinas Valley there are ruins of the communities that lived there 300 years ago. Before they left the area in the 1670s, Pueblo Indians forged a stable agricultural society whose members lived in apartment-like complexes and participated through rule and ritual in the cycles of nature. The Anasazi and Mogollon Indians overlapped in the valley to produce the later societies at Abo, Gran Quivira, and Quarai. Soon after Spain had conquered and colonized Mexico, tales of great wealth to the north drew explorers to New Mexico....

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Dec 18, 2007 - Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Shortly after 10:00 AM we were on the road south to Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, a series of salt mission ruins near Mountainair. We toure two ruins, Abo and Quarel, and the Visitor Center in Mountainair. At Abo Ruins we ran into a couple from Vancouver, first ones we have met on the trip.

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Albuquerque Winter

Jan 24, 2007 - Lincoln County War, Salinas Missions

Mexican settlers moved into the area in early 1800s. They called it Las Placeditas del Rio Bonito. The Torreon had to keep them safe from the Apaches who did not like the new arrivals. After the annexation of New Mexico by the US in 1848, white settlers began to cross the Rio Pecos, until then the natural border, and began to settle in the area. The Apaches did not like these intruders either and when they killed Captain Stanton, who was pursuing them after they had stolen 2,000 sheep, it was decided to build a fort, named after Stanton, to...

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