|It is very dry yet wildflowers flourish in some areas.|
|Autumn-colored vines catch my eye on this now closed cafe.|
|For a couple miles we're surrounded by these unique formations.|
|On the other side of the entrance road is this communication building. My mother called them "flying saucer repair stations" and they always give me a big smile when we come across one.|
|Not RV friendly :-(|
|Getting a closer look at this place we're glad the gate is locked.|
|We never really "need" the Jeep but I'm glad we have it.|
|"You have arrived at your destination."|
|They are small and there are very few of them, but Bill wants our friends to know they have a tree on their property!|
|The shrub is so thick that walking on the roads is much easier.|
So we successfully complete our mission and while the location is peaceful with huge views all around, the goal of finding a place for boondocking in our motorhomes is a bust.
|The "dots" are bottles. All seem to have at least a few in their walls.|
|All solar and wind powered.|
|Quirky is the norm.|
Hwy 68 offers long views of the Rio Grande gorge. We crossed the bridge over it on Hwy 64 but there were a lot of people so we didn't stop to look (it's spectacular from the vehicle!). The highway drops down and we're hoping that maybe there will be water in the Rio Grande. Yes! And the prettiest scenery we've seen so far. All the roadside stops are open - parking lots and pit toilets. A couple people have stopped to fish, but mostly we have the space to ourselves just to enjoy the water.
|We try to imagine the travel challenge this deep gorge presented to early tribes and pioneers.|
|Aspen glow along the hill above the river.|
|And along the water's edge.|
|So refreshing after all the dry terrain.|
And then we come around one corner and the whole mountainside explodes with color! It's such a surprise that I can hardly take it all in. What a glorious sight!!
This is a winding mountain road, lots of wow!s around each turn. In the middle of the amazing fall color is a stop called, not surprisingly, Aspen View. Also not surprising is the number of people here. To see the views. Of Aspens. I hear several people say this is the "peak week". We really scored on this "maybe"!
Getting to walk among these golden beauties is a blessing. No need to stop at those "glimpse" spots on the way back, we've immersed ourselves in fall color!
|Delicious food and warm, personal service.|
|I did manage to capture this tray of chilis drying in the sun. Don't they just feel like New Mexico?|