IMG_1289We’ve spent quite a bit of time in New Mexico.  Whenever were close to Montezuma we always find time to sit a spell, even if we have a blog to do.  Here, Donn proves he is a true multi-tasker. A good friend, PJ Trujillo, told us of some local art work (pictographs) on some rock walls southeast of town. Sounds like an adventure. Right after this soak.

IMG_1329 IMG_1332 IMG_1325 IMG_1322 Being that I’m not the driver, I guess I’m on gate duty. Can’t let these beauties get loose.

IMG_1320 IMG_1303IMG_1351 After a 7 mile drive and about a mile hike we found it.    Ahhh, Conquistadors. Here you can see his funny little hat.  I wonder if it was the first time they saw horses?

IMG_1348 IMG_1344 IMG_1340 IMG_1338 What we thought to be “cattle gates”, ACTUALLY, turns out to be for these things. IMG_1360IMG_1361 This is just seconds before Donn said, “They can shoot little hairs into your skin.” OK, enough said, back into the van for more traveling. IMG_1366 We heard of a place in southwest NM called Last Chance Canyon.  It is “not so known” for it’s rock climbing. After a 3mile drive on extremely bumpy dirt road we arrived at a deep cut into the earth’s crust. Perfect place to hang for a bit.  IMG_1390IMG_1371IMG_1378IMG_1381IMG_1389 No pictures of climbing here but you get the idea. Limestone with vertical to overhanging pocketed routes.  Despite the lack of a guidebook, we did enjoy the handful of routes that caught our eye.  Speaking of catching an eye……… IMG_1411On our way out, we were harassed once again by the locals. No sir, that is not a carrot.

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These friendly beasts were an added treat to an already great day.

IMG_1439 IMG_1459We stopped at Carlsbad Caverns for an awesome stroll underground. We took a self-guided tour and were blown away by all the eye candy. With our cheap point and shoot that Donn uses, only a couple shots came out. But, you get the idea..

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We came, we saw, we stayed for the show.  Enjoying a beautiful desert sunset, and the company of our fuzzy, nocturnal, friends.  No photography allowed during the mass exit, so you will have to witness it for yourself.

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The next morning we made our way down the road and drove by a rock buttress that had some cool activity going on.  Looks like some kind of quarry.

IMG_1449IMG_1453IMG_1456IMG_1444 We missed witnessing this BIG CHUNK break off the upper part of the wall but, noticed this bolt on it.  Ummm, maybe not so quality. Time to bounce.

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