September: Alamosa, CO and environs
Last September we made a weekend trip to Alamosa, CO, for two Adams State U soccer games and some sightseeing, too. I got up early one morning and went out to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, located NE of Alamosa. Years ago I had camped there one night and gotten up early to take pictures of the rising sun on the rippled sand. Due to a camera/photographer mishap I lost a whole roll of film (remember rolls of film?) Now was a chance to redo the shots
You can go to the Park website to learn about the interaction of weather and terrain that created these dunes. Here are some pictures:
Love those wind ripples!
Same weekend we drove over to Creede, CO, an old mining town on the upper Rio Grande that we've been to several times. Trees were just beginning to show their colors.
Some mine scenes
Just west of Alamosa a farmer displays a nice set of old tractors.
Oh, yes. We watched two soccer games over the weekend.
October: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
For several years we've been encouraging my cousin, Ross, and his wife, Marsha, to come out for the balloon fiesta. They live in Laverne, which is in NW OK, in the county just before you get to the Panhandle. You should know that Laverne is the hometown of Miss America 1967, Jane Ann Jayroe.
Ross ranches and Marsha has a hard time getting him to leave his cattle for very long. We peppered them with email and fiesta pictures all summer and convinced them to come. Here's the evidence.
We made a drive to Sandia Crest.
Marsha had Santa Fe on her bucket list, so we spent a day up there.
Here's the miraculous staircase in the Loretto Chapel
The Santa Fe Plaza
We stopped in Madrid for some more pictures.
Have a good trip home! Thanks for coming.