Monday, July 28, 2008

My Town Monday -- On The Road - Part 1

This week I'm taking My Town Monday on the road. If you take off from my house and head northwest of my house for four hours you will get here.



This is a shot of Cimarron Canyon in northern New Mexico. The area is home to Philmont Boy Scout Ranch. Philmont is the largest youth camp by both size and number of participants anywhere in the world. It is also the only site to have a confirmed Tyrannosaurus Rex track.

Also nearby is Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch which is said to be the largest tract of privately owned, contiguous land in the United States.

Cimarron Canyon has about fifteen or sixteen miles of fine trout stream that runs from Eagle's Nest lake, down to the town of Cimarron which has a lot of history itself. For a sample, click here to learn about the famed St. James Hotel. Here are more pics of the area. Click on any picture for a larger shot. All photos were taken by either me or my wife. We camped in the canyon as most of it is a state park.

Continuing on through Cimarron Canyon you come to Eagles Nest Lake.

Nestled on the shores of the lake is the small town of Eagles Nest, New Mexico. Eagle's Nest is located along the Enchanted Circle, an 83-mile loop through mountains, valleys, mesa, and national forest area of New Mexico. Here are some pics of the town and lake.




Take a right at Eagle's Nest and you are on the road to Red River, New Mexico. Here are a few shots of that stretch of highway.


Here is a shot of the town of of Red River as you are descending into the valley.


The town is a touristy and chocked full of shops. In the summer you can fish the Red River which runs through town, hike, ride horses, and enjoy the cool mountain air. Come winter Red River is a ski town.

I've rambled enough for this week but next week I'll talk about the Enchanted Circle's most famous town Taos, New Mexico. Taos is one of my wife's favorite spots on earth and a very cool place for anyone who enjoys the arts and a eclectic group of people who all dance to the beat of their own drummer.

Be sure and check back here for links to other My Town Mondayers so that you can learn more about other places all across this planet we call Earth.

Patti Abbott - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lyzzydee -- Welwyn Garden City, England

Debra -- Village of Peninsula, Ohio

Robyn - - San Francisco, California

Reb -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Mary Nix -- Olmsted Falls, Ohio

Barbara Martin -- Toronto, Canada

Barrie Summy -- Long Beach, California

Nan Higginson (Women of Mystery) Oshkosh, Wisconsin

J.L. Krueger -- Kabul, Afghanistan

PretZel -- Valley Junction, Iowa

32 comments:

Shauna Roberts said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. When I've been in New Mexico, I've never seen scenery like this. Mountains, sure, but not all the trees and plants.

I'm looking forward to your post on Taos. We love that town too.

lyzzydee said...

Those photos are out of this world, camping has such great memories for me. I have just dropped my son off at scout camp, no where near as spectacular as your camp!!! One day I plan to see the hidden bits of America. My post will be up later.

Robin said...

I really must get into this MTM thang! Got a new camera, doesn't do me a darn bit of good if I can't figure out how to get a pic up on my blog! I am continually a W.I.P. I love Eagle Nest, K's parents have a 100 year old cabin there about 1.5 miles west (?) of the lake, you can see the whole thing...they moved it to their site log by log and reconstructed it. It was a chore but we love "taking it over" any chance we get. Not much of a lake fisherwoman, so I generally shoot up cimarron canyon and stream fish! Not a lot of size to those trout but they put up a hell of a fight (why I generally throw them back!) Great pics and post Travis!

yellowdog granny said...

new mexico is my second favorite state after texas...i lived in roswell and farmington and used to go to alberqueque, taos and other cities all the time..beautiful pictures...

Mary said...

Great photos! New Mexico is magical. I’m a Taos-lover too. Looking forward to next week’s post.

holly said...

new mexico looks a LOT like wyoming as shown by these pics. although i don't recognize any of these shots *specifically* so i'll assume they are, as you say, from new mexico.

beautiful pics....

Lana Gramlich said...

How awesome! I'm totally jealous! And is that Nessie I see in the grass? Wow, that trip had EVERYTHING, man!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Mine's up, thanks. Love New Mexico.
http://pattinase.blogspot.com/2008/07/my-home-town-mondays-philadelphia.html

Joshua said...

great photos man, makes my midwest landscape look sad lol

The Anti-Wife said...

No MTM this week. I'm out of town for a few days. Love the post and all the beautiful pics. Did you catch any fish?

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Travis,

Over at Women of Mystery Nan Higginson is posting Her Son's Home Town, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, scheduled to come up at 6 AM EST.

You have posted some truly magnificent pictures!

Terrie

debra said...

The pictures are great! I'll be back later to read. My post is up :-)

Robyn said...

Wow! Sounds like a great road trip! Well...I have a post up that is not my hometown but close to it! It was a lot of fun to do! Come take a peek if you dare...
Hugs,
Robyn

Reb said...

What a beautiful place. I would love to visit New Mexico someday.

I finally decided to brave the MTM world, here's my post: (if this works)

http://sibupegasuspower.blogspot.com/
2008/07/mtm-festival-city.html

Mary N, said...

I love the photos, Travis. What a beautiful part of the country.

My post is up.

Barbara Martin said...

What a wonderful trip you had, Travis! Love the mountains, the pines and the vistas. Looking forward to next week's post.

My post is up.

Charles Gramlich said...

Hey, I saw a grass monster. I swear. I wonder if anyone else saw it? Oh, I see Lana did. We're much alike, we too.

Great shots. I love nature photography.

Hilary said...

Lovely photos. Thanks for taking us along on your trip. Just what is that green thing in the grass?

Barrie said...

Great scenery! And my MTM is an on-the-road post too! Great minds think alike, etc. etc. ;)

ChrisEldin said...

Oh Dear God I LOVE the West! I try not to think about it, being on the east coast. But those pictures take my breath away.

I bookmarked this page so I can remember Cimarron for when my kids are a bit older. Hopefully...

Thanks for sharing (sniff, sniff...)

:-)
Beautiful. Did I say that?

debra said...

What a beautiful place, Travis. When my husband was a Boy Scout he went to Philmont. He has fond memories of the Camp and great stories about his adventures there.

J. L. Krueger said...

Great pictures Travis! About the only reason the wife and I won't move West is that it puts us further from Scotland. If not for Scotland we'd be looking West...we've talked about it.

I love mountains...especially ones where there aren't too many people. Perhaps that's why I'm enjoying Afghanistan more than Iraq. :)

angel, jr. said...

A tyranosaurus rex track? Cool. Always been fascinated by dinosaurs.

When you said Eagle's Nest--it reminded me of this cafeteria in my old dorm that I would eat in (as opposed to the regular cafeteria). It took me about three weeks to realize I was paying for the food that I could have gotten for free from my dorm's cafeteria.

Stacy said...

That's gorgeous. And not how I pictured New Mexico.

I'll do My Town Monday at some point. I just need to come up with something interesting about my town.

preTzel said...

Beautifully written Travis and wonderful shots. I would love to visit there someday.

Mine is up.

Holly Kennedy said...

Wonderful photos!
Great post, as usual.

The SUV Bitch said...

Beautiful pictures!

WordVixen said...

Gah! I've always wanted to live in a town with a river in the middle. I don't know why. I always wanted a little stream to run through my house too.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Beautiful! Down here in Houston, I miss seeing the mountains! Thanks for the pics!

Travis said...

Great photos! This is inspiring me to bite the high gas price bullet and take a drive this weekend.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Have a great trip, Travis. Northern New Mexico is so beautiful. I love Santa Fe and Taos.

I'm off to San Francisco sans laptop tomorrow, so no My Town Monday for me this week.

Linda

Ello said...

Sounds like a great trip - and what great photos! Can't blame you for taking off! lucky devil.