all pictures taken with Nokia Lumia Icon 929 cell phone
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I skipped posting about a location where I stopped. It was a KOA at West Pueblo, Colorado where I hunkered down through the Labor Day weekend. I ventured into town once but everything was busy and traffic was bad so I just stayed in the campground after that.
|West Pueblo KOA. |
I gained my freedom from the holiday weekend and pulled out of West Pueblo heading south on I-25 to New Mexico. My destination was Las Vegas, New Mexico and my first New Mexico state park.
|After getting south of Denver, the traffic dropped off dramatically and the views improved.|
|The bright blue sky and drifting clouds were great.|
|The two mountains in the distance are the Spanish Peaks.|
|The Spanish Peaks were used to guide pioneers along the Sante Fe Trail.|
|The clouds were beginning to form over the mountains.|
|The two Spanish Peaks are named West Peak and East Peak. Not very creative. I like what the Ute Indians called them,,, "Huajatolla", meaning, "two breasts" or "breasts of the Earth".|
|This flag is in the middle of nowhere and it is one of about a dozen scattered along I-25 south of Denver. They were spaced about every 5 miles of so and each was in very good condition and flying proudly.|
|Very large windmills taking advantage of the wind gust area|
|One of the very few fully bushed out trees along the way|
|A rest area in southern Colorado with the flag flying nicely and Freedom and Liberty parked beneath it. I had to take a picture and the reason I like my cell phone for its convenience of always being in my pocket for times like this.|
|Something jutting out of the ground. All the surrounding land was relatively flat. I'm not sure what it is and it may be another research project if it continues raining.|
|Wide open land, looking out my side window|
|The Spanish Peaks are behind us now and the plateaus, hills and mountains ahead are in New Mexico.|
|A lonely homestead. The nearest house or any kind of building was dozens and dozens of miles away.|
|Another American flag at the turn going to a ranch that was a few miles away.|
|The mountains of New Mexico coming into view. I didn't see the bird flying in the upper part of this picture until I downloaded it. It's probably not, but I want to think it is a majestic eagle soaring on the wind.|
|Another fully bushed out tree in the middle of nowhere with now houses nearby. Perhaps it is all that remains from an old homestead place?|
|The modern day electricity producing windmills are not the only ones using the wind for a purpose.|
|These dark clouds came up quickly about 45 minutes from the campground.|
|Waiting out the rain so I can set up camp. I learned later that this is the edge of Hurricane Newton that hit the California Baja.|
I will be here for 5 days. My only planned exploration is a trip into the Sangre De Cristo Mountains to find an old church that someone told me about. Rain is predicted for the next 3 days so I may have to wait until Friday for a sunny day. We will see how it goes.
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.