A little catchup today. Rarely do I post pictures of me, but here I am at the rim of the Royal Gorge while hiking with Cocoa the bulldog. It was a short hike, only 2 miles, but the excitement of the snake made up for it, along with the views.
After hiking, we were going to walk to downtown Alamosa, but opted for the car. The altitude has been getting to me since I've apparently become a desert girl. We ate at the Purple Pig Pizza Parlor, since it was actually world pepperoni pizza day.
Surprisingly, they did not HAVE pepperoni pizza, so I chose Pork and Peaches. I know, it sounds weird, and it was!! However ... the pulled pork, slathered in barbecue sauce along with those sweet peaches was a tasty delight. I would definitely have this one again!!
The days just don't seem to be long enough. In no time, I was heading back to California while the rest of the group went to Chama to ride the other end of the train. They have split it in half, making them twice the money. I've heard the Chama side is the most spectacular to ride.
My ride to Albuquerque wasn't near as fun. I headed south on 285, with lots of twists and turns as the highway ended in towns you had to negotiate before coming out the other side. I did make one wrong turn, but luckily landed back on the highway.
I have to say though, the mountains are spectacular. Fall colors have arrived, making this calderon volcano look gorgeous in yellow and rust colors. Sadly, I'm too far away to get a good picture.
Even the highway scenery was nice. New Mexico likes to paint their freeway crossovers with pretty designs. I've no idea what the word is, but I'm guessing it one of many Indian tribes that lived in the area.
At about this location, coming into Santa Fe, is where my backup camera went on the fritz. I think it's a loose connection, but can't seem to find a way in to tighten the wires. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it works when I land in Williams Arizona, since I have a back-in site. I begged and pleaded ... maybe someone will cancel.
After seven hours of driving, I probably won't be in any kind of shape to unhook the Jeep. I'm already looking forward to SLEEP and I haven't even left Albuquerque!!!
Next up ... the Cumbres and Tolec Steam Train ride. Hopefully I'll have time to download those 400 pictures I took. No kidding ... it was pretty spectacular!!!