Friday, January 26, 2007

A Golden Trip with Snow, or Arizona Dreaming

We are away on time this morning and missing most of the
traffic out of Denver.The morning passed quickly as we
chatted and as we approached Walsenburg, we wondered about
crossing the mountains over to Alamosa and taking 285 south
to Santa Fe. After a brief discussion, we decided to do that,
since neither of us has ever been over La Veta Pass, and we
have been enjoying 285 down to New Mexico in recent years.
It proved to be a good choice with little traffic and
beautiful scenery. The valley at Alamosa was a cold 21 degrees
after the down-right balmy 41 degrees in Pueblo!

If you have never experienced the mountains south of Alamosa,
you should. You come to Antonito, just north of the state line,
near where the oldest church in Colorado, Our Lady of Guadalupe
Parish is located. The chursh was built in 1856 by settlers to
the area. Another attraction south of Antonito is the Cumbres
and Toltec Scenic Railroad, a narrow gauge that is open in the
summer for touristexcursons. Check their website at for more information. Their 2007
summer schedule is not posted yet, but check back later
this spring for their phone number, when they will begin
and prices. If you go, mention us.

The snow in the mountains between Antonito and Tres Piedras
glistened like a million diamonds, and the white was blinding.
As we dropped off the escarpment south of Tres Piedras, the
temperature rose sharply 40 degrees and climbed steadily to
44 degrees at Mesa Vista. On to Espinola and down to the
Veterans Highway that bypasses Santa Fe to the west. We
have decided to stop in Albuquerque for the night and take
the last leg tomorrow to Humbolt. We only wish we could
stay a day to investigate and examine the pertoglyph park
again. Maybe on the way back when we visit with relatives.
Tommorow we will have our first chance at finding gold when
we reach the Prescott Valley. Wish us luck!
We know you wish you were here.
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