Cochiti Lake Campground
Once again we pass through New Mexico. This time I carved out some extra time so that we could visit a special place that Ingrid told me about. And if Ingrid (of Live Laugh RV) says I need to do this hike, then I'm in!
It was a bit sad to say goodbye to those gorgeous mountains in Colorado but the snow was chasing us out. As the calendar flips to the month of October, we find the landscape quickly flattens out and the temperatures started rising as we head south into New Mexico.
It does have its own beauty though. You can see what seems like forever.
The colors in these mesas were very colorful. Pinks, grays and bluish purples.
Our destination for the week was Cochiti Lake. The campground lies within the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian Reservation. The Cochiti Dam is one of the ten largest earth-filled dams in the United States, and also one of the largest in the world. There are 80 campsites, 48 with electric. Most were very spacious and level. Since the temps were not too warm, we chose a non-electric site very near the water. It was elevated and surrounded by a wrought iron fence. A little weird at first, but I kind of liked it. We had high hopes for some evening kayaking. Unfortunately, this time of year the winds kick up in the afternoons so Big Red never left the top of the truck.
Loved our site, #78.
We had a little visitor welcome us.
We came upon the remains of a long ago dead cow. It seemed to be eerily smiling at us.
Then there was this other form of art that had a hidden cache on it.
And another at a monument.
We also drove through some of the small eclectic towns such as Cerillos and Madrid. Their populations are around 200 and 150 for Madrid. We stopped in a little museum and gift shop with a petting zoo outside.
The artsy town of Madrid.
We had intended to drop off quite a few Geocaching "trackables", but actually found quite a few.
While driving part of the Turquoise Trail from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, we found many other Geocaching Series. This one in particular was put together by a family and had some of the most amazing cache "containers". Usually they had clever animal names and were handmade into animal shapes. There were hundreds and it would've taken days to complete them all. We set a new high record for us, completing 84 in one day.
Hiking at the awesome Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument!