September 12, 2012
|On top of Chimney Rock overlook|
We left a little before 8am to take the 3 mile round trip hike up to a viewpoint overlooking Chimney Rock. This is the area where earlier in August a couple of accidents occurred, and at least one death. We are reminded to "stay on the trail" - my guess is the victim might have been rock hopping where he/she shouldn't have been. Either way, an unfortunate accident.
|Ghost Ranch complex in distance below cliffs|
|Side canyon colors|
Rick's knees are bothering him somewhat from all the downhill hiking, so the 1.5 miles of down was all he wanted. He figures a couple weeks of good rest will help.
|Chimney Rock from early section of trail - we were on the ridge to the right.|
Ghost Ranch to Edgewood, NM
September 12, 2012 Rest of day spent in driving from Ghost Ranch down to Edgewood, New Mexico (through Santa Fe and down Hw y285 to I-40 and west to Edgewood - a new route that we hope won't have so many hills on it!) Randy is taking the day off and picking up Rick's Mom to bring her out to his place until the end of the weekend. We need to sit down with Mom and plan out a few activities for the next two weeks, but also alot of rest time and visiting time!
Arrived at Rands around 1:30 in a rain storm which lasted for awhile so we couldn't put the trailer into place. Rand had a whole pad set up for Rick's folks and their motorhome. Unfortunately it drives straight in and a trailer is pulled, so backing the trailer in put all the hookups on the wrong side. We ended up pulling the trailer partway, unhitching, and then pushing the trailer the rest of the way in. It wasn't pretty, but we got it done. Hope we can reverse the process in two weeks when we want to leave!
Skyped with the PARTY committee back in Baker City during the evening. Not a great connection so we cut the video, and it was difficult to make out all the conversation, but at least I felt a connection with everyone! Go FPC!
Pagosa Springs to Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
September 11, 2012
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|Continental Divide between Chromo, CO and Chama, NM|
|Echo Canyon Amphitheater|
|Awesome colors in the rocks!|
|Cliffs above Ghost Ranch|
|View from Karesansui Zen Garden.|
Lunch and then a stroll of the conference area. We go up on top of the mesa for views down, and then check out the library, dining hall, worship center, the Ghost House, and walk along the Art Trail to the Karesansui Garden and the Labyrinth. We checked out the casita housing and the art center. A trail to a box canyon leads off from there, but an aggressive mama bear and cubs has been residing there lately. We won't take that trail!
|Labyrinth at Ghost Ranch|
Spaghetti dinner and a relaxing evening as shadows come and the skies darken in the canyon.
This afternoon when we arrived a group was also forming for one of the Georgia O'Keefe tours. O'Keefe painted here for years - she is said to have painted the flat topped Cerro Pedernal across the valley (a mountain) often because God said she could have it if she painted it enough! The rocks do seem to change colors with the wind and the sun. I am looking forward to our hike in the morning in the early sunlight!
|Ghost Ranch vistas.|