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|
OH man that woody just made me smile from ear to ear. When David saw me he said "What made you smile........Jodee Gravel"? Amazing! You are famous in this house. Great pictures of your cute waitress and your lovely ladies. Great daycare out there in the west. Do you let Bill drive the Jeep?? ;-) I can NEVER figure out why whenever one is in a wide open space or an empty campground, the second person in parks right next to you. Sheeesh!ReplyDelete
Ahhh, you guys make me smile lots too :-) Bill drives the Jeep quite a bit, but I just don't passenger. I'm miserable "over there". Fortunately those first noisy people were the only ones who parked close by while we were there. Bill thought maybe they were afraid to be alone :-))))Delete
Love the photo of Aunt Nancy, mom, and Bill:) A real keeper:) Since you have moved on, I am assuming all is good with Bill's mom!?ReplyDelete
You found some great Jeep roads to explore...super times:) The red rocks are so beautiful!! Love your wildlife nursery:)
Yes, she's all set up for now and we're checking in with her daily. The areas north and south of town were so different, it made for a nice variety to get out and explore.Delete
You just never know what you'll find when you're not really looking for it. That Woody was a find. I bet the owners are used to stares.ReplyDelete
A guy on FB posted a pic of this same Woody and Airstream and Fort Wilderness from just a couple months ago, so they really get around. We suspect they were headed to a classic car show in California.Delete
Absolutely amazing coloring! I love it!ReplyDelete
It's so much fun finding it in the brown desert!Delete
What a lovely family photo -- one to treasure, for sure. It must have been hard to leave Bill's mom and aunt -- I'm already feeling sad about leaving my mom and dad at the end of March when we head back west. :-( We stayed at Santa Rosa Lake a few years ago and found the same as you did -- beautiful lake, but no birds while we were there. Kind of odd, given that it's such a big body of water in a desert environment!ReplyDelete
Even the small lakes in town and the Pecos had no birds - does make you wonder. Hope you're having a wonderful time with your folks, we were glad to have some time with Mom.Delete
That looks like a 1950 Ford. Wow....absolutely beautiful! We have a little salt and pepper shaker with that same wagon towing a teardrop!ReplyDelete
How fun is that?! Wonder if they have a set too? The auto museum in Santa Rosa has some beauties you'd loveDelete
Visiting family is wonderful but so is visiting new sites. I like your attitude and sense of adventure. What a marvelous looking ride.ReplyDelete