We are camping in the National Forest somewhere between the Very Large Array and the Gila area. There were huge volcanic cliffs. We saw so many animals! Elk, fox, coyote, Montezuma quail, antelope, javelinas (wild boar), basically every animal that lives in mountainous New Mexico except the cougar. We did not see a mountain lion but I was really expecting to after all the wildlife!
Cold, cloudy, windy, cold. We decided to go on a hike after work today towards the Sandia Crest. We are at 10,000ft. Isn't that just awesome how we can go on a hike after work and be at 10,000 ft!?!? Oh. . . and we ran into a BLACK BEAR on our hike! Thankfully it ran away from us.
Today we went to Lincoln, NM. This is inside the old courthouse where Billy the Kid (did not) shoot the sheriff (he shot somebody else but now I forgot). That is supposedly damage on the wall from some stray bullets. I really really liked visiting Lincoln!
We went camping to the Lincoln National Forest. We had to drive the bus over a river crossing. When we got to this camp site, a man riding a horse bare-backed greeted us. He had two other horses with him that he had under VOICE CONTROL (no 'leash' or anything). As if they were dogs! What an amazing place! We had to deal with two break downs just to get here. One was a break down with the bus (the fuel pump stopped working) and the other was a rancher's big diesel truck that broke down on the road just shortly after we got going again that Romy decided to stop and help. We were then visited the next morning by Christian Jews (is that an oxymoron?) who camped near us that just wanted to say hello.
We went rock climbing in the Bandalier National Monument near Los Alamos, NM. Romy's flip flop broke so he had to walk in the cold frozen mud barefoot. But it was funny when it happened so that's why he's smiling!