Driving to Chama, NM and July 4th…

Thursday, July 3, 2014

We had a beautiful drive north to Chama from Taos. We found spruce-fir forests, rain, snow/sleet… and a cowboy. We pulled off the road at 10,112 feet elev. in a large pull-off. As I was making lunch in the RV, I glanced out the window and saw an honest-to-God cowboy! (at least he looked like one from the old westerns, and he quickly rode his horse up into the spruce-fir forest and out of sight.)

I must say, that sighting made my day! We have been through so many areas that look just like sets from 1950s BW westerns… (I grew up on those!). But, rarely do we see anyone on horseback. The countryside is just begging to be explored by horse…

After lunch, we continued down the other side of the mountains and found sunshine at lower elevations… I saw carpets of flowers in places – yellow, white, lavender, purple, red. By 8,000 feet, we were back in the pinon-juniper forest.

We arrived at Rio Chama RV Park and set up. We were excited to find we can stream Netflix at our site at certain times of day. We started watching “Longmire”, after our recent tour of the Valles Caldera Nature Preserve. I get quite a kick out of watching a show, filmed in a place we recently visited. : )

Tomorrow is July 4th and the campground hosts a Fourth of July Potluck Dinner. We need to get to the grocery store and figure out what we’re bringing!

A few pictures I took at the potluck with my iPhone…

One of the things we plan to do in this area, is ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. We rode the narrow gauge steam train eleven years ago, when we last camped here.
Driving through town, we saw a train at the station, gray smoke billowing and we heard the whistle. The best train whistle I have heard…

About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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4 Responses to Driving to Chama, NM and July 4th…

  1. Love that you saw a real cowboy! I remember traveling out west for days and never seeing any cowboys. And I love your train picture in your header. Enjoying following you on your summer journey as we “staycation” this year.


    • Holly Ritger says:

      Thanks, Beth. Sounds like you have seen more cowboys than I have! I have seen two in the last four trips out west… In your last post, it looks like you and your family have been enjoying a fun Tybee summer. It’s definitely a good summer vacation destination!


  2. Jet Eliot says:

    I sure enjoyed this journey, Holly, the mountainside, the cowboy, the town and RV park, and I really liked the train and train station. Thanks for sharing your Chama adventure. šŸ™‚


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