Only a few miles north of Albuquerque, we stopped at a visitor information center to use the facilities, pick up some maps, and get a free cup of coffee. By the time we came out, there was a little blizzard on the go!
Hmm. This wasn't in the plan!
Snow? At this time of year??
Albuquerque and area does get the occasional dusting of snow in the winter, but it is extremely abnormal for this time of year. And of course the temperature has been a lot colder than normal as well! Payback for all the nice weather we enjoyed in Mexico these past few months!
But the temperature did warm up a little bit as we got a bit further north to the valley inside the Rio Grande Gorge. The high was maybe 52F (11C), so with a hat and a sweater we figured we were good for a hike.
Interesting scenery along the way.
Entering the gorge.
The little blue car taking a break at the side of the road.
There are several camping areas in this park. Some even have electric and water supplies for RV's at $15 a night. Or, you can find a primitive site for only $5 a night! I can see us coming here with Sherman next winter and spending a week or two. Hardly anybody around, and lots of beautiful hiking! It would be chilly at night, but comfortable for hiking during the day. We really like this area!
We had lots of time, so decided on a hike. This trail actually went from the canyon floor up to the rim, so it was listed as a short .8 mile (1.3 km) one way hike but because it was fairly steep to the top it was listed as "difficult". We had no problem though.
Ruth, about half way up.
Kevin, near the top. Can you see the fifth wheel trailer, camping beside the river at the bottom? You might want to click on the picture to bring it to full size. What a great camping spot!!
At the top! When we headed out, we took that dirt road you see on your left!
That little dirt road took us another few miles to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
This bridge is the tenth highest bridge in the U.S., with the roadway sitting 565 feet (172 m) above the Rio Grande River. The bridge was completed in 1965.
The view from the bridge.
Then, we made it to the village of Taos. We drove around a little bit, and did some grocery shopping. We had no plans on where we were staying, having contacted only one listed couchsurfing host who never responded to our request. That happens sometimes.
Stopped at a couple of empty hotels who wanted too much money and finally came across a nice clean Super 8 motel at $55 a night. Sold!
Had a good sleep, and this morning we're off to Denver, Colorado. Really looking forward to this part of the trip. Denver has been on our "bucket list" for many years and we're looking forward to seeing the state of Colorado!
Temp went down to 19F (-7C) last night! Colder than it was in Reykjavik, Iceland!!! Strange.
Yesterday's drive, 152 miles (243 kms).
We're past the half way mark!