Enhanced Enchanted Circle Road Trip

My enhanced Enchanted Circle road trip began early in the morning from the Pendaries RV Resort. The narrow roads toward Mora are certainly navigable I would be hesitant to pull my fifth wheel along the State Road, although I did pull to the side for trucks larger than my rig.

In Mora I took two side trips. The first was to locate small apartment where my parents and I lived. My father was the foreman and the ‘powder monkey’ in a local mica mine.  (The powder monkey set, then initiated the explosive charges.) My mother told me the story that it was so cold one winter the water froze in the toilet.

The second side trip was to try to find the grist mills that I remember fascinating me as a child.  The mills were operational; the smell of the grains, the sound and the feel of the vibrations of the stones, gears and water were bewitching. Although I can’t be sure I think I found one of the old abandoned mills.

Driving north through the rural New Mexico mountains on State Road 434 I stopped in Guadalupita, a small rural community, for a few photographs.

These small communities in the Sangre de Cristo mountains are the part of the trinity of peoples that are soul of the New Mexico culture.  Some of the local residents in hills and canyons can trace their heritage Spain’s expeditions and exploration in the 1500’s and 1600’s.

guadalupita-post-office-1U.S. Post Office in Guadalupita, NM [Nikon D3X]

our-lady-of-guadalupe-church-1Our Lady of Guadalupe church. [Nikon D3X]

 

New Mexico Enchanted Circle

The Southwest is an enchanted place regardless of the season.  Fall is for many denizens of the region the most favored time of the year.  The summer heat tempers, the crops mature, the air is crisper, the monsoons have refreshed the earth and the high country puts on a colorful display.

 One of the more popular road trips is the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway in New Mexico is a loop through Angel Fire,Eagle Nest, Elizabethtown an old mining community, cross Bobcat Pass at 9,820 feet above sea level, Red River, Questa, Arroyo Hondo, Taos then back to the beginning. Of course it matters not the starting point.