Hello from Eagle Nest, New Mexico

September 25, 2011 - 2:27 pm 1 Comment

We had a great night’s sleep last night.   The park was very quiet and the temperatures were more moderate than we’ve had in the past couple of weeks.    This morning we actually started the day with shorts on, because the temperature was already 70 degrees.   The high today was around 80 degrees, but the air is so dry, you don’t feel warm.  Just as we were leaving the RV park, a couple of deer came right across the road in front of us.

We drove the Highway of Legends this morning, and what a beautiful drive it was.    Along this stretch of two-lane highway, you can view unusual volcanic formations radiating outward from the Spanish Peaks. The highway rises to Cuchara Pass on the shoulder of the Spanish Peaks. The Tarahumare Indians held these summits as sacred and believed that all life on earth originated from the area. Below the pass is the glorious Cuchara Valley, a hidden wonderland even most Coloradoans have failed to notice.

There are many ranches along this stretch of highway with interesting names:   Dakota Wall Ranch, Yellow Pines Ranch, Cuchara Pass Ranch, Whiskey Creek Ranch, etc.    Seemingly, in the middle of nowhere, we came upon the Monument Lake which glistened in the sun and was a beautiful blue color.   The lake’s name came from a rock formation that once stood in its center, 15 feet above water. The formation was said to represent two Indian Chiefs.

When we entered New Mexico, we soon started driving The Santa Fe Trail.  It was a 19th-century transportation route through central North America that connected Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico.   Pioneered in 1822 by William Becknell, it served as a vital commercial and military highway until the introduction of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880. At first an international trade route between the United States and Mexico,  it was the 1846 U.S. invasion route of New Mexico during the Mexican American War.  A highway route that roughly follows the trail’s path through the entire length of Kansas, the southeast corner of Colorado, and northern New Mexico has been designated as the Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway.

We stopped in Eagle Nest, New Mexico, for the evening.   When I first saw the park I thought it would be a bust.   But it’s a great little park which has great views of the mountains.    The folks who own the park have a funky little store full of navajo jewelry (I’ve already hit my limit for this trip) and all sorts of stuff.   We have full services, and in the morning, they offer a complimentary continental breakfast.   So we’ll join the other travelers before we hit the road.

Tomorrow we’ll drive to Santa Fe, which is 98 miles from Eagle Nest.   We’ll be in Santa Fe most of next week before we drive over to Albuquerque for the Hot Air Balloon Festival.   We will stay in the same RV park we visited a couple of years ago because we enjoyed it very much.  It’s an “over 55” park, and no, it’s not a nudist colony.   It’s on the shuttle route for old town Santa Fe and I will enjoy shopping there next week.

Stay tuned.   Bonnie



One Response to “Hello from Eagle Nest, New Mexico”

  1. Don & Sandie Says:

    In the same days notes you said you were already over your shopping limit for the entire trip……then you said you are looking forward to shopping in Santa Fe! I guess Greg is loaning you some more $$$?
    Don & Sandie

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