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.









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12 comments:

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.
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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.
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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.
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Adorable Girlfriend said...

I want to go! So pretty.