Staying High Again this Year
The summer found me staying high in the mountains of northern New Mexico. It started around the neat village of Chama, and gradually moved eastward. Familar and new camps were used, while looking for interesting places to explore between camps.
State Parks at Heron Lake and El Vado Lake provided scenic views, while some nice boondocking spots in the Carson National Forest got me up as high as 10,000ft when temperatures rose. Forest Walks, Horses, and the Brazos Cliffs filled the “what’s there” spaces.
Switching from the Chama area to around Taos, I went a route to include a couple of places not yet seen. The Oñate Monument, Fort Burgwin, and the Kit Carson House were interesting; and a new boondocking spot found. Then stopped to see the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans Memorial, camped for the first time at Coyote Creek SP, and visited the historic Cleveland Roller Mill.
Decided to begin the slow trip back to my Fall and Winter haunts, with a couple of diversions along the way. Another new boondock spot in Red Cloud Canyon, and a stop in Pie Town for the famous dessert, to free camp, and saw the Windmills Yard. Boondocked near West Pass again at a different spot this time.
Got to see the Sawtooth Mountains, an Extremely Fat Tree, and some interesting Clouds of St.Augustin. Then returned to the Elephant Butte Lake and Caballo Lake area where I usually spend Fall and Winter. Doctor visits and service for Tardis were on the agenda. Had a great summer in the mountains.