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10/12/2019 Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, NM - It is a beautiful area than expected because of the Rio Grande, just like hike in the Grand Canyon, little smaller scale. The hiking trails are all maintained, and can enjoy a nice hike here, however down hill is no problem but up hill is one step at a time.
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10/12/2019 Wild River RA, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, NM - Main RA area has many petroglyphs, one top rounded boulder has petroglyphs on top, climb up to take photos. Also I saw that here and there one or two petroglyphs on the rocks/boulders.
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10/14/2019 Pick Your Poison Trail Race, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, NM - 5K and 10K races, only one group for each, a means men, women, youth or old all combined. Started on the mesa, which means downhill first then uphill to end.
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10/14/2019 Cimarron Canyon State Park, NM - This State Park is located NE of NM, the canyon runs between mountains. Fishing is the main attraction of the park. The park divided to five segments along the creek. I purchased an annual out state camping pass that can use for all NM State Park, $225/yr, however NM resident will cost only $100.
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10/14/2019 Eagle Nest Lake State Park, NM - It is a large lake located higher elevation, 8,258 ft. The town of Eagle Nest is surrounding the lake and mountains are all over around it. It is a popular place for the summer.
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10/14/2019 Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, near Taos, NM - On the bridge, the pedestrian walk is narrow and not too much room, can touch the semi-truck pass by. The bridge is on the Rio Grande, very high up and beautiful Rio Grande view. The parking area has many vendors.
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10/14/2019 La Vista Verde RA, NM - The trail is not long, at the end the Rio Grand is front of the trail, very nice view, even there is a bench to enjoy the view. I found a nice RA panel that made me happy, all other RA are so-so quality. According to ranger, there are some more RA along the trail.
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10/15/2019 Taos Junction Bridge Area, NM - Hiked boulder fields for while to find some RA, which was up/down/jump on the boulders - adventure hike. I found no RA that was disappointed but nice view area.
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10/15/2019 Rio Pueblo Primitive Camping Area, NM - Found some RA sites, one is on the Slide Trail, others are in the camping area, which is south side of the Taos Junction Bridge.
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10/16/2019 Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs Tour, Velarde, NM - How lucky I am, to join the tour, where this group was a RA tour that the exactly I wanted. The tour was 2 hr and one mile hike. There are many petroglyphs on the individual rocks/boulders, some of are old and some of are not so old. The tour covered some but there are many more petroglyphs that not covered by the tour.
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10/17/2019 Taos, NM - Taos Plaza that the center of the visitor attraction of this town. I’ve walk around the this plaza area. There are many adobe houses and many gallery, must be many artists living in this town.
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10/17/2019 Sun Cristobal Creek, near Arroyo Hondo, NM - John Dunn Bridge is a popular place for people to hang up. One RA panel is located bottom of the tall cliff higher up, its too far for photos but I didn’t want to hike up because too steep, also I found some more petroglyphs.
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10/18/2019 Rio Chama Panel, near Abiquiu, NM - The panel is on a lone boulder, between highway #84 and Rio Chama, and not far from the TH. It is a nice panel, there are many figures on it.
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10/18/2019 Poshuouinge, Abiquiu, NM - This is the ruin site, use to live few thousand people that the sign said. There is no building remaining that’s strange to me, and little too far from the water sauce of creek.
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10/18/2019 Plaza Blanka, Abequiu, NM - It is beautiful white rock area. However according to one of rangers, it is 90 ft of white ashes that formed rocks. It is a private property, but kindly to let public to enjoy it.
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10/19/2019 Abiquiu Lake, NM - It is a nice lake, but seems to water level of lake is low, and man-made dam is way up from the water level. It’s a large lake surrounding by private properties.
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10/20/2019 Heron Lake State Park, NM - Large lake, and 10 campgrounds with over 270 camp sites in this park. Water level is seems to low. Water color is depending on the time and sun location, but blue-green nice color.
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10/20/2019 El Vado Lake State Park, NM - This lake is an adjacent to the Horon Lake, little south. Water level is pretty low, just like other lakes near here. This lake has a nice view.
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10/21/2019 Nogales Cliff House, NM - What’s place this cliff house is located? Atop of steep slope that this cliff house is located. I walk around the lower side of the ruin area, but there are more higher up, which I don’t know how to access to it.
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10/21/2019 Rattlesnake Ridge Trail, NM - There is a ruin that has good size two rooms. Also I saw 3 holes that ruin, tower or storage unit, I don’t know. To get to the parking lot from the main road, short distance, but very bad condition.
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10/22/2019 Rio Chama Monastery, NM - Actual name is "Monastery of Christ in the Desert", which located at the end of County Road #151, this road is running parallel to the Rio Chama. It is a beautiful area and church and all buildings are color coordinated with background.
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10/23/2019 Red Dot Trail, White Rock, NM - The canyon is much bigger and much more steeper than expected, and beautiful area. This area need full day of hike, where I started hiking was too late. But I can so full day hike some other time that sure.
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10/25/2019 Prescott Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Santa Fe, NM - There are many sculptures at inside and outside the building. Indoor sculptures are smaller in size and outside sculptures are large in size. Some of are movable parts, go ahead to touch it that they told me. Very colorful and fun place to be.
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10/25/2019 Origami in the Garden, NM - They open only 5/27 to 10/14, unfortunately its closed today. I took some origami sculptures photos from outside the wire fence. Most origami sculptures are large in size.
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10/27/2019 Cieneguilla RA, NM - I took different route than my 1st visit. There are many petroglyphs here and there. I am sure I can find some more petroglyphs for another routes. This is a nice place to enjoy the petroglyphs.
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10/29/2019 Balloon Museum, Albuquerque, NM - Actual name of this place is 'Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum'. 2 full weekend of 1st Oct of 9 days are the balloon festival. I just missed it by 2-3 weeks that one was 550 balloons and 19 countries.
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10/30/2019 Manzano Mountains State Park, NM - Camping and hiking are the main attraction of this park. There are some trails in the park, but all short, if you want to long trail, there are National Forest surrounding it, and hike as long as you want.
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10/30/2019 Quarai Ruins, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, NM - Spanish Corral Trail has some petroglyphs, a problem is all flat rock surface that faded out badly. The church ruins are beautiful and still standing strong. There are many more ruins that under the dirt and no plan to excavate it.
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11/1/2019 Gotera Canyon RA, Manzano Mountains, NM - Couple days ago I’ve hiked this canyon, but totally missed it because hiding. After talk to ranger, tried again, at this time I found some pictographs. I got this canyon by go through the state park.
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11/2/2018 Tome Hill SE RA, NM - 3rd time charm, I finally found a lot of petroglyphs in the southeast side of the hill, near the road and not much to hike up or down. I sound good ones are cliff side of the slope, there is a trail to get there.
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11/3/2019 Hidden Mountain, NM - I was RA hunting to start, but can’t find it, change quickly to peak bagger. There are many old ruins, a means stack up rocks here and there. Shortly after summit the peak, I found the petroglyphs on the cliff size of the mountain. It was a good day.
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11/3/2019 Arroyo Garcia RA, NM - I met Mike & Marry, when I was toward to my car, they showed me the petroglyphs field, a mean it is a field, there are many petroglyphs on all major rocks east side of the mountain slope. I am sure I’ll be back this area for higher side of the slope to find many more petros.
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11/4/2019 Mountain Lion Picto, Otero Trail, NM - There is a yellow mountain lion pictographs with black line trimming near the Otero Trail TH. Just only yellow lion and sun like figures.
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11/6/2019 Elephant Butte Lake State Park, NM - This is a large state park, entire Elephant Butte Lake and surrounding area is the state park. There are many sand beaches by the lake, and large size of marinas. It is beautiful man-made lake and Wi-Fi is available.
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11/7/2019 Indian Springs, Truce or Consecuences, NM - A local suggested me to soak in this place. They have two pools, large and small pools, both like a cave, inside the building. Very clean hot water came from the ground, where ground is pibble.
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10/9/2019 Box Canyon, NM - This place is popular for the rock climbers. There are many beautiful rock formations and caves. I’ve been to three inside the caves, all inside is black smake reminder that indicate some one use to live here. There are RA some place but I don’t see it.
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10/9/2019 Kelly Ghost Town, NM - This ghost town is located higher side of the mountain. It was booming town one time by minings, at that time the population was 3,000. Houses hauled to the town of Magdelena, a means only building is church building.
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10/9/2019 Very Large Array, NM - The National Radio Astronomy Observatory that the name of this place and facility of the National Science Foundation, which operated by Associated Universities INC. There 27 dish antennas to handle all radio wave to find out the astronomy part that coming to the this particular place.
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11/9/2019 Radio Sundial, Very Large Array, NM - I wanted to know how does the radio wave sundial works? Even I was there and saw the Radio Sundial set up, still I don’t know, how different from the just sundial? I should Google it to find out some day.
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11/10/2019 Salt Lake, NM - Some one told me, there are RA by the Salt Lake. There are not many rock around the lake, I checked but I find nothing. The lake is beautiful, but wire fanced out all aound the lake. I wanted to taste how salty the lake water is, but impossible to do it.
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11/10/2019 McKinley Ranch RA, NM - When I was disapointed to not find RA from the Salt Lake, Owner of McKinley Ranch stopped by and told me to come to their ranch, they have RA. I followed and hike through their ranch to find the RA. Thank you McKinley family to helped me out.
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11/11/2019 Bluewater Lake State Park, NM - Water of lake is really beautiful dark blue color. This state park is worse NM state park I’ve been visiting. There is no water, trach can, no useable toilet, where toilet is discusting and no toilet paper. This park need TLC.
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