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Sandoval County

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  • Day124

    Jemez Mountain Trail

    October 27, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    ...von Santa Fe nach Farmington
    Bandelier National Monument (Bergregion)
    Tsankawi Hike mit diversen Leitern
    Jemez Mountain Trail (NM 126) der auch Off-road Passagen hat

  • Day34

    Cuba (New Mexico, not the Country)

    July 11, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Did my normal double Subway for lunch, with the now standard 3l of Diet Coke.

    Went to the local convenience store to get water and food for the next few days. While I was sitting outside packing my food for my bike a car pulled up next to me. A man jumped out: "Hey man, you want some food". Me, caught by surprise, "yeah, sure". He hands me a still warm burrito and jumps in his car and drives off. I suppose I must really be looking like a hobo now!Read more

  • Day16

    Little Break from the Road

    September 19, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    I've been trying to catch up my blog for some time now, and decided to skip ahead to today, as to finally write in the moment. I'm currently sitting in the light of the moon in the mountains of the Bandeliere National Park, which we plan to visit tomorrow. To back track a little, Jack has been looking for an excuse to drive up to Santa Fe ever since Stu spoke highly of it in Chicago. As we arrived at the New Mexico visitors office yesterday, the lady told us the original Route 66 did the loop up to Santa Fe, which was later bypassed with the I-40 going straight to Albuquerque from Santa Rosa. This was Jack's excuse, given to her on a silver platter, route 66 did go to Santa Fe. In her defense, both Texas and now New Mexico have been very "drive" oriented, and by that I mean I think we stopped 4, maybe 5 times throughout Texas, and we haven't really stopped in New Mexico other then Tucumcari and Santa Rosa. So by the looks of it, we can afford the detour, time wise.

    Our two stops yesterday - Santa Rosa and Tucumcari. Tucumcari was the first actual town we saw in New Mexico, seeing as we passed about 3 ghost towns on our way in. These ghosts towns consisted of a few boarded buildings, a few foundations of what used to be buildings, and a house or two with people living in it. That's right, we passed a town of population ranging around 5 for the last 50 years. So, Tucumcari, demonstrated one heck of an effort in keeping the route 66 traditions alive. Tons of old signs along the main route, old motels including the famous Blue Swallow Motel.

    Much like my beloved SuperTAM was closed (cafe and superman museum in one), Jack's dinosaur museum was also closed. I thought she might cry, again much like I almost did. Small town dinosaur museum, how can you not want to stop by? Then Santa Rosa, large in area, small in population. We dropped by the Blue Whole, natural massive water pit that was 60ft wide and 80ft deep. Water was freezing so we went to their local lake (more like a pond) for a quick swim, it's brutally hot out during the day. And you know those curiosity showers at the beach side, usually used for sand removal? Well we showered in them. Like really showered. Shampoo and soap at the beach side. Why not?

    Seeing as, like the rest of New Mexico, there isn't much to see along the route to Santa Fe, it took us an hour and a half to get there from Santa Rosa. I was panicking because I didn't realise that for an entire hour of that drive, we wouldn't cross a single gas station along the highway. My gas light turned on by the time I saw that gas station, boy was I happy to see it!

    New Mexico, much like Texas, has been vast lands of nothing... Very dry soil of course, more green bushes then Texas, but still dry. We can see the beginning of mesas, giving beautiful texture to the land that was so, so flat in Texas.

    Santa Fe was very interesting. The old historic center was filled with white rich folks and fancy old vacationers. Expensive restaurants around the Plaza. Old churches to visit.

    Then you have the Rail Yard area of town. Not too far, along the rail road tracks, is a bunch of hipster, earthy folks with bars and cute shops. We happen to be there during the AHA Festival, which gave way to a band on stage and booths filled with art exhibits. I've suddenly entered the gay world! Who knew, the south had gays. Had our diner siting on a patio, enjoying the live band before walking around, and driving out to find a Days Inn to park our car and sleep for the night.

    We returned to the Plaza in the morning to see what it was like during the day, and not much different. This was after I brought my friend Ferby (the car) into the garage! The little sucker decided to turn on the engine light yesterday, and seeing as we are doing quite a bit of mileage, I wanted to have it checked out. The wonderful, wonderful man Roudy at the shop plugged his little computer in - Code P0326. Apparently, I asked too much of my motor. Seems as though I may have put low quality gas, or more likely - I didn't turn off the "eco drive" when going up hills. So he cleared it, and said not to worry if it happens again, just to eventually have it checked again, make sure it's the same code, and to turn off eco drive when going up hills.

    Apparently, us catching up on time meant we needed to delay ourselves again. So we decided to make a further detour to Banderliere National Monument. At this point, I know very little about it, other then there's really pretty mountains along the way, and an old community used to live in the rocks. So I took my "eco drive" off as recommended. Sure enough, while going uphill, the check engine light came back on. I assume it might be the added weight in the car... Who knows. I'll have to have it checked again. Roudy said I needed to buy a stranger a cup of coffee in his name as his payment, so I guess I'll have to buy two!
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  • Day17

    New Mexico is beautiful!

    May 2, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    As mentioned before, i decided to stick around in New Mexico a bit longer, and this was completely worth it. Driving through all the different Indian reservations is beautiful. Again the pictures do not even come close to what you see with your own eyes. In a small town, i decided to get something to eat, and in a small restaurant i got into a little chat with a local lady over there, and the talk was so nice, that she invited me to stay for the night at her sons farm nearby. These people were incredibly nice, and after a nice evening in their backyard btw I have never seen so many hummingbirds in my life!, he even took me on a little drive in their Jeep through the desert! The next day they even invited me for breakfast, and then they had to go back to work on their land, and i continued my journey. As I heard of Los Alamos, which was the secret military facility where they developed the atomic bomb, i decided to drive over there and see what was left of this facility. On the map i found a nice route through the nature park around it. Sounds good... At first the road was perfectly paved, but after about 17 miles, the normal road stopped, only to leave me with a dirt road, which would take me to los Alamos.... decision time... i didn’t do it. So i had to drive back 17 miles to the main road, when suddenly the park ranger stops in front of me. I asked him what was up with that unpaved road ahead.. It would be fine, he said.... he has seen bigger RVs pass that road, he said!
    So i decided to gamble, and drive 17 miles back to the dirt road and just go for it! This turned out to become the most scary drive i ever did in my life!
    In the beginning it was going somewhat ok... then the stable dirt changed into some sort of red dried out muddy road with a pretty deep cliff on my right side, which barely fits my RV. But I made it! And the prize for this scary ride was amazing! See picture 4 below. Then i continued to Los Alamos, which was kind of a disappointment. Arriving in the town, i found out that this was still a big research facility, told by the military guys who stopped me and completely searched the inside and outside of my RV before i got into the town. I think i spent 30 minutes there, and then i headed back towards albequerque, to make the final turn to the west towards Flagstaff... Yes i am definitely not going south anymore. Ahead of me is now a long drive to flagstaff via the good old Route 66 again....

    See you later!

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  • Day8

    Picnic lunch at the Apache Nugget

    August 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Simple picnic lunch outside the casino and truck stop. Lots of ants were running around on the ground. I was more than just a little worried that they were fire ants and a bounty had been put out in my head. But they left us alone and when lunch was done, off we went. Though I do have to say that ever since, we both keep feeling ants crawling on us.Read more

  • Day8

    The road to Cortez

    August 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    It didn’t take long to start rising in elevation. Soon the sign showed we were entering the Zia Indian reservation, which at some point morphed into an Apache reservation.

    Gosh, talk about scenery! Unlike my dad, the famous Wilson L Nicoll, who mastered the art of shooting from bus windows at top speed, we were constantly frustrated in our attempts. We are sharing the best we could do, but just know they don’t come close to the drama and color that took our breath away.Read more

  • Day56

    Da Bomb!

    July 11, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    After a great meal last night, a long lie in, watching Murray win Wimbledon again, and a massive breakfast we finally got out of our lovely hotel and headed over to the apparently world-renowned Santa Fe International Folk Art Festival, not knowing quite what to expect but everyone in town buzzing about it. It was a really impressive collection of incredible craft work from as far a field as Uzbekistan, Phillipines & Brazil. The silverwork from Laos that we couldn't afford when we were there 10 years ago and it was quarter the price was difficult to to resist (but we did).

    Next stop was Bandelier National Park. We knew there were cliff dwellings but weren't prepared for the amazing homes hollowed in the rock as we descended down from the mesa plateau. The photos don't do it justice, but are still pretty impressive.

    We saw the building in Santa Fe where the men recruited to work on the top secret atomic bomb entered, unaware to what they were to work on, so we visited Los Alamos which is where they were secretly sent. This is being turned into a brand new National Park so unfortunately we couldn't see much, other than a beautiful if probably rather boring (not unlike Princeton!) town perched up in the hills.

    We then drove onto the Enchanted Circle scenic drive that starts at Taos, a small artsy town nestled in the hills. We were really tempted by an amazing painting of an Indian warrier, and know we are going to regret doing the right thing and not buying it.

    We camped on a small peninsula of mesa mountaintop between Rio Grande & Red River - another incrediblely magical place to spend a night.
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  • Day140

    Coronado Historic Site [Albuquerque]

    August 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Francisco Coronado. Not exactly a patron saint of Native Americans. But the first park we visited today, an ancient Pueblo that predated the Spanish, was named after him. Despite the misnomer Coronado Historic Site is all about the ruins of Kuaua Pueblo. This site's claim to fame are the amazingly preserved murals from a 14th century kiva. Alas, photos are not allowed of the original walls but they were indeed remarkable images mostly dealing with various rain-making deities. One of them was even peeing rain.

    Then it was on to Jemez Historic Site, an unfortunate reminder of what the early Catholic church did to native American culture centuries ago. There was a restored kiva but most early Indian structures were, not surprisingly, buried by a nearby road. The church walls had been restored by the CCC in the 30s.
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  • Day4

    Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monumen

    March 25, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick. Over time, weathering and erosion of these layers has created canyons and tent rocks.

    Scratch that. Park was full. They were only letting someone in when someone left. We were over a dozen cars back. Will try again tomorrow.
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  • Day6


    October 10, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Blake joined Lee, Sean, and I to see Tent Rocks and hiked narrow passageways through the slot canyons all the way to the top. Following our hiking we returned to rest up then out to dinner with everybody at El Patron, another wonderful Mexican restaurant. Went to bed early because the next morning we had to get up early (3am) to go to the Balloon Fiesta.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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