Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Mount Taylor, NM

Mouse over pics for captions, click on pics for larger views.

Mount Taylor is a massive, extinct volcano located about 50 miles west of Albuquerque.



blue girl said...

Beautiful! And I loved the captions that popped up when I held my cursor over the photos. And such as.

Another Kiwi said...

Very nice, Thunder.

Jennifer said...

Groovy roads!

Once again, very nice. It's hard to take a bad picture of the NM scenery, but these are sublime.

No photos of driving back down in the dark??

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Thanks, people!

Jennifer, I did have some qualms as I raced the sunset to get to the top.

I drove many miles of that dirt road, which was for long stretches too narrow to turn around in. Not to mention, washboardy, groovy, and such as.

But I made it to the top in the Ford Focus (rental!) just in time.

I hiked around in Red Rock S.P. and took those pictures earlier that afternoon, then leadfooted it from from Gallup to Grants and up the mountain.

M. Bouffant said...

Are the two guys in the icons (for lack of a better word) on the map burying bodies? Is that a state-approved disposal site?

Substance McGravitas said...

You know, sunset off the entrance of Carlsbad Caverns is pretty amazing: the plain just fades off into the haze. And the bats come out. In the morning they make little whiffing noises as they dive back down inside.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

There is a bat cave at El Calderon, S McG. I went up to the edge of it, it had quite the smell.

I still have pics to post from El Morro and El Calderon from 8.22.09.

g said...

New Mexico is one of the few states in the US I've never been - and I long to go.

Beautiful pix

Brando said...

Great photos, and "prickly" made me laugh.

Another Kiwi said...

Bat Guano-quite the smell. LOL

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Bat Guano-quite the smell. LOL

It smelled like home cooking. Or a republican talking about health care insurance.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

I want to go! So pretty.