Thursday, April 19, 2012

Espanola, New Mexico

From Santa Fe we drove a short distance up to Espanola to visit our friends, Teddy and Birdie, who are parents to Tim, whom we had dinner with our first night in Santa Fe. 

CIMG9887

We met Teddy and Birdie back in 2009 when they were campers in Big Meadows and they invited us to dinner. They camp with us two to three times each summer.  Teddy is a dutch oven and disk cooking master and sets up a huge cook tent when he camps with us. Luckily we are asked to dinner often.


Teddy parked us around the corner of their house by the local livestock arena.  And surprisingly there was a family of buffalo penned up there.

Buffalo

We sat outside and enjoyed the cool evening and caught up on our lives since last summer.

CIMG9949                   CIMG9888

Wednesday Teddy drove us to Los Alamos where Birdie works at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. the drive up was so pretty.

CIMG9897 CIMG9898

It sure was interesting to see this town all based on where the atomic bomb was invented/created.

CIMG9899
This is said to have been one of the ponds where waste water was held during the Manhattan Project. Now a clean water feature in a pretty city park.
CIMG9937
Green glass building in back is called The Green Castle by locals and is where “the big wigs” have their offices.
CIMG9902
Guard shacks only manned when security levels are high
CIMG9904
The Lab covers 45 square miles of lovely country.

After driving through the town of Los Alamos we headed toward Jemez Mountains. There have been two forest fires in the last 12 years.  The char remains are still visible today.

CIMG9911             CIMG9913
But then we drove through this enchanted area. This large area was up to recently a private ranch, but sold and is now Valles Caldera National Preserve. It is a huge 89,000 acres with this panoramic view .  Teddy use to transport cattle to graze there.  Happily, the preserve is still open to the public on weekends.

CIMG9918 CIMG9920
CIMG9916 CIMG9917

Further up the road we encountered more beautiful scenery.

CIMG9926 CIMG9928
CIMG9933 CIMG9931

It was a great day of sightseeing and even the drive by home brought us beautiful sights.
CIMG9942

CIMG9943

CIMG9946

Back home we enjoyed a great dinner of homemade beans and chili that provided us a great Frito Pie


 

 

We said our goodbyes that night as Teddy and Birdie had to go to work early the next morning. We sooooo enjoyed our visit with them and look forward to seeing them in South Fork this summer.

Remember, you are loved.

5 comments:

  1. What? No low-riders? I am always amazed by the cars in Espanola.

    ReplyDelete
  2. You sure are seeing some beautiful scenery.

    What is disk cooking? The Frito pie looks yummy!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I realize those are forsbobet doggies but I would be hard pressed not to eat one ;)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Beautiful shots, Bobbie!
    Safe travels,
    Debbie

    ReplyDelete

I really enjoy reading comments so please take a moment and say HI or something so I know someone is reading this thing.