Sunday, February 18, 2018

Published in Sidecar-Traveller Magazine

Sidecar-Traveller magazine's Martin Franitza asked me late last year to use one of my Thanksgiving Day pictures in the February 2018 issue.

It's the first double-page on the magazine:

This is the original photo:

There was no renumeration for this, but I figure, exposure is a good thing.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Uraling to a Volcano

This morning, it was a "brisk" 22°F (-5.5°C) in Capulin, New Mexico at the RV Park where I'd spent the night.

As I was waiting for temperatures at Raton Pass (at the border with Colorado) to be above freezing before I drove the pass; it was time for a visit to the Capulin Volcano National Monument.

It had been quite foggy as I rode to the volcano, in fact, so foggy you couldn't even see it as you approached it.  This fog or low flying clouds obscured things quite thoroughly at the summit as well.

I was the first one at the visitor center, and once they opened I paid the $10 for a motorcycle fee and waited a few more minutes while they "checked" the road before opening it up to the public.

You can ride all the way to a parking lot at the summit of the volcano's rim; but the road while paved is not replete with safe spots for stopping for pictures.

It was basically like being on the top of a hill, surrounded by fog and nothing but gray fog looking down from the path which circles the rim of the volcano.

 A fleeting glimpse of a nearby peak as the clouds
blew past me on the volcano rim

As I waited for the fog to burn off or the clouds to blow on through, I took some pictures of the bushes which were nicely covered with hoar frost.

 Telephoto shot of the trees on the opposite side of the rim

 For a few seconds, you could see the parking lot from 
the top, this should give you an idea of the height gained

Close to 9:00 AM the clouds cleared or the sun burned off the fog and I was able to see the surrounding landscape.

 Same viewpoint as the first pic, this time without clouds
hiding the intervening valley

 Above is the small town of Capulin, about three miles away

 I think the small volcano is called Baby Capulin

My photos of the volcano's crater or plug didn't turn out either due to the fog or it's lack of any real features besides the trail you can walk down to it's bottom.  It was "unremarkable" in my view.

 A view of the valley on the way back down

A pic of the volcano from the entrance....

That's it, not a bad stop if you're enroute to Raton, NM or points east in Texas.

Oh, and I am back home in the great and getting much overcrowded state of Colorado

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Driving to a Capulin, New Mexico Sunset

Long day on the road, woke to low overcast and rainy skies near Elephant Butte, NM where I'd spent the night boondocking.

The weather being gray and wet, I elected to keep going north instead of trying to find a BLM near the Very Large Array radio-telescope dish farm about an hour west of Socorro, NM.

So I ended up driving on I-25 till I got to Maxwell, NM and the Wildlife Refuge Area there that listed as an all year facility.  No so, it's only open for camping from end of May to end of Oct according to the lady who answered their office phone.  Oh well.

Instead I displaced to nearby Capulin, New Mexico to spend the night at a modest RV Park.  Tomorrow morning, I'll be hitting the entrance to the Capulin Volcano National Monument and riding Scarlett as far up as I can up the volcano.  Should be interesting and I hope, photogenic.

In the meantime, once I settled into the RV park (of which I'm the sole occupant), I rode out with Scarlett to catch the sunset.  Sunsetwx had declared it to be a nogo but they were wrong, again.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Uraling to Cuchillo, NM

Making my way, slowly, back to Colorado.  Timing things to arrive after the forecasted snow on Thursday is gone.

Sunrise in Bowie proved to be quite nice:

Tonight's BLM campsite is the one I used on the way to Arizona back in January.  It's north of the town of Truth or Consequences, east of I-25 on the Mitchell Point exit.  I like it, no one around, but the weather was heavily overcast and cool.

Spent the day preparing for work this weekend, since that's when the maintenance windows are....

After work, I set out on Scarlett and decided to cruise over to the nearby town of Cuchillo.  The name means knife in Spanish so I was curious.  It's basically a settlement consisting of small homes, decaying RVs and delapidated structures...pretty much bypassed by time.  In fact, it's listed among New Mexico's ghost towns though I believe folks still live there.

I explored the roads leading out of Cuchillo, especially liked the one that climbed a ridge out of town.  The mountain peaks in the distance were too far for pictures though and tonight's sunset didn't occur as the rain clouds continue to darken the skies overhead.

I did find this overlook point on the ridge road, eased Scarlett near it's forward edge and got these pictures.