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Santa Fe Escape

Palisades overlooking the Cimarron River – Cimarron Canyon State Park

Taking advantage of the best weather that Indian Summer has to offer, we headed south this weekend, chasing the last remaining colors of fall into the great state of New Mexico.  Our getaway took us to Taos via State Hwy. 64, then south along the Rio Grande River to Santa Fe.  How lucky we are to be so completely surrounded by places to go and things to see and to have the ability to roll back the seasons a week or two simply by driving for a couple of hours.

Canyon Road

Santa Fe is an artist’s mecca and there is no better way to feel the vibe than to find yourself on Canyon Road on a Saturday morning.  Over 100 galleries line this street and just being part of the crowd will inspire you to do something creative as soon as you get home.

I think the pictures say it all, great weather, great places, great company and a great weekend.  The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard!

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Local Tourist Colorado – Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum

On a recent visit to Trinidad to gather material for the Highway of Legends Video, we had the good fortune of discovering a great little Archaeology and Geology Museum on the campus of Trinidad State Junior College.  Thanks to the museum director Loretta Martin and Geology Instructor Debra Krumm for rolling out the red carpet and giving us the tour.  TSJC is the oldest Junior College in the state and the immaculate grounds and the ornate historic architecture is worth seeing of its own merit.  The museum is open to the public Monday through Thursday, 10am until 3pm and admission is free.  Check out the museum website for more information and plan on spending an hour or two looking over the beautiful campus and visiting the museum the next time you visit Trinidad.

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A Breath Of Fresh Air Along The Highway Of Legends

As a middle-aged Native Son of Colorado, I count myself as fortunate to have become intimately familiar with so much of this beautiful state.  In my first 26 years I managed to scurry up to the top of exactly one half of Colorado’s fifty-four fourteen thousand foot peaks, an activity that has given me a lasting overview of the geographical, historical and recreational wealth of this region.  The thing that impresses me most about Colorado however, is that no matter how familiar one becomes with it, there seems to be a never-ending supply of new experiences, new views, new discoveries and new adventures lying just around the corner.

June came and went like a thief in the night, stealing away the fresh youth of spring and bringing on the long hot days of summer as Tammy and I worked feverishly to film and edit this piece on the Highway of Legends.  A special thanks to the directors of this Scenic Byway and an acknowledgement that the project was paid for by a grant from the National Scenic Byways Program, The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways.

The Highway makes a loop around the Spanish Peaks and threads its way along the Sangre De Cristo mountain range and it includes an alternate backcountry route over Cordova Pass.  The cities and towns located along the way include Walsenburg, Aguilar, Ludlow, Trinidad, Stonewall, Cuchara and La Veta.  Recreational opportunities can be found in the San Isabel National Forest, Trinidad Lake State Park and Lathrop State Park.  Notable area attractions include the Rio Grande Scenic Railway, Grandote Peaks Golf Course, Cougar Canyon Golf Course, Monument Lake Resort and Blue and Bear Lakes.   The promotional video will be available for viewing at www.spanishpeakscountry.com, www.historictrinidad.com, www.colorado.com, and hopefully it will be streaming live in the Colorado Welcome Center in Trinidad.

If you have never been to the Spanish Peaks Region in Southern Colorado, we hope that this film will entice you to plan a visit.  If you have been here before, we hope that this video might give you a new perspective of the area.  In any event, it is always our intent to remind you that The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard.

 

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The Ancient City On The Hill

Pecos Mission Ruins on Glorieta Pass, N.M.

On the way home from a weekend getaway in Santa Fe, we deviated just far and long enough from I-25 to find some really interesting attractions that we will visit more deliberately sometime soon.  After hearing a bit about the Civil War Battle on Glorieta Pass, I hoped to scout the area, learn a little bit more about what is considered to be the “Gettysburg of the West”.  We only had about an hour or so to spare and rather than learning about the battle, we stumbled upon the very impressive Pecos Pueblo Ruins.

In a nutshell, the Pecos Indians began inhabiting the area as long ago as the 800’s and by the 1300’s had established a five-story Pueblo that housed as many as 2000 people.  This was apparently a major trading destination for the Plains Indians and the Spaniards and the Pecos people were known as the middlemen.  Ultimately, The Spaniards built a huge mission at the Pueblo with the intent of converting the Indians to Christianity.  This explains the odd combination of culture and architecture.  Basically, I learned just enough to be in danger of saying something really ignorant so that is where I’ll stop.  Tammy and I will definitely be going back soon so that we can learn more and share what we learn in our video series.

This is an interesting thought.  Just as we took an exit from I-25 to catch a glimpse of something really cool, so too did the travelers of the Santa Fe Trail take time out from their journeys to catch a glimpse of these ruins and learn about those who came before.

To learn more about the Pecos Ruins, visit the National Park Service website or our friends at Sangres.com.  It is such a great thing to live in a place where The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Back Yard.

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Wild Turkey, Then Work, Then Breakfast – Just A Typical Day

San Isidro Church near Weston, Colorado

We had an early assignment in Trinidad yesterday morning and we were on the road just as the first light of the new day pushed the darkness west.  Our reward for only hitting the snooze button once, or maybe three times was the sighting of hundreds of elk and the largest grouping of wild turkeys that we have ever seen.  We stopped at sunrise to shoot video of the San Isidro Church(built around 1870) with the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in the backdrop, hoping to see the mountains turn blood red with the first direct sun rays.  For whatever reason the mountains did not turn red despite an extremely clear sky but the setting was drop dead gorgeous nonetheless.

Trinidad below the Spanish Peaks and the Sangre De Cristos

What a great way to start the day!  The adventure continued as we shot listing photographs of a beautiful building site at the base of Fishers Peak for one of our best clients, Danielle of Southern Colorado Realty.   How many people do you know who get paid to hike around in the woods and take pictures?  After the shoot, we went to historic downtown Trinidad.  Yep, more photos of the blossoming trees that line Main Street before having a wonderful breakfast at the Corner Shop Café.  Tammy had the breakfast burrito with potatoes substituting for the meat, great flavor and a great vegetarian offering.  I had a bagel with scrambled eggs and pepper jack cheese, delicious.

Historic Downtown Trinidad, Colorado

If you’ve only seen Trinidad from the lanes of I-25, then you haven’t been to Trinidad.  Next time, take the exit and explore for a while, point B will still be there when you arrive.  There is so much history here.  The Santa Fe Trail, Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson are just a few of the icons that made this a true wild west town.  The architecture and the hillside brick paved streets add a character that is unique in all of Colorado.

Historic Downtown Trinidad, Colorado

Before heading home, we stopped in at Adobe Gold Real Estate and met Charlie for the first-time.  We had a great visit and learned that he is a friendly man who wears a whole bunch of hats.  Charlie specializes in Colorado mountain land for sale and he can also custom build and deliver a camping cabin to your site within 2 to 3 weeks.  Additionally and among other pursuits, Charlie owns and maintains a community blog, forum and website called Trinidadco.com.   His site is a great source for information and history for the region.  Check it out.

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 Remember, The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard.
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Exploring The South-East Colorado Canyon Lands

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