In our second days journey we had thought about making our way to the Four Corners area before heading up to Monument Valley. When I called the Navajo Tribal offices about some camping in the area the gal told me that the Four Corners Monument was closed for construction until the middle of June. So plan “B” went into effect and I found this area called Angel Peak south of Bloomfield NM. We plotted our course on the back roads from our cabin to there with some stops along the way. One of the first stops was Abiquiu New Mexico, This is a quiet little town that was once home to Georgia O’Keeffe. We got off the main road and headed up to the old part of town, here we found some old ruins and a church.
While we were checking out the ruins we ran into an older couple who were on a Photography vacation from New Jersey, She was also a D90 user and we chatted a bit. She was staying at the nearby Ghost Ranch and mentioned Ansel Adams Moonrise over Hernandez. I remembered the famous shot but had thought in was shot in Mexico…Not New Mexico, after consulting with her husband, who was waiting in the car, we backtracked to Hernandez which was about 15 miles behind us. We gave a quick search but did not find the actual location, since our cabin is only 40 minutes away or so we decided we could always come back. Since we returned home I found the GPS Coordinates for it online and will put them in my GPS for next time. ( N 36 03.778 W 106 07.161) A lot of change has happened in the area since Ansel Adams took this famous picture back in October of 1941, but it will still be cool to try to capture the same type of shot on our next visit.
Further down the road we stopped at the Abiquiu Reservoir where spring was in full bloom.
After passing trough some cool small towns we made our way to the Angel Peak area and had to drive through a few inches of sleet on the road. We made camp in the small free campground that we shared with only one other traveler. This is the view out the back of the truck that night, we would have many more awesome camps on our trip.
Before we settled in for the night we toured the campground area, the storm that dropped the sleet was moving off to the south, the angled evening light was nice. The trails and roads however were a sticky muddy mess after the precipitation.
Rather than post a ton of Photos into these Blog posts I’ll set up a folder on my Flickr pages and will set up a link in the side bar, yesterday I spent the better part of the day consolidating the SD cards from the camera onto the desktop computer. We had about 1000 pics in regular mode, hundreds more in a smaller size for my time-lapse sequences,a handful of video and infrared shots as well. Total it was just under 9.5 Gig.