Before we leave we get one more lunch at Peppers with our gal Courtney. Funny how sometimes you just connect instantly with a complete stranger :-)
|With Courtney at Peppers Grill and Bar|
Our last night Aunt Nancy has us all over for pizza and salad and homemade carrot cake. It's a wonderful evening of family stories and lots of laughs.
|Already missing these lovely ladies|
|View from our site - A12|
Thursday is cold, but the sun is bright and the skies blue, so after breakfast we head out to see the area.
Many of the access roads are closed, but we find one open just below the dam. The water is calm and clean, but there is no sign of fish or bird.
|Overlook at Santa Rosa Lake|
|Lots of beautiful rock surround this end of the lake|
|Pretty blue Santa Rosa Lake with Juniper Park in front|
We're nowhere near a mountain of any size so not surprising the canyon is in the river. The track ends before the directions, but we stop where it does and walk down to the nearly dry riverbed.
|The water is the same red as the dirt.|
|Years of water flow and erosion carve an interesting canyon through the otherwise flat terrain|
|Not fluffy-dog friendly|
|All the low-growing grasses curl like ribbon|
|A variety of mesas in the distance|
There is nothing commercial in the little village - just houses, including centuries-old adobes, and a large catholic church.
|A bit of infamous history|
|One of several old adobes|
|with hand cut stone work over 200 years old|
|1921 Catholic church|
|We pass the local day care before leaving the canyon|