Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Heading Home From The Valle Grande

This is the highway leading out of the Valle Grande and heading back to Los Alamos just after I took this picture of the Valle Grande

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Does This Rock Formation Look Like a Camel?

Camel Rock is found along side the U.S. 285 north of Santa Fe on Tesuque Pueblo. Lots of people have taken photos of the rock formation. Many years ago, you could climb around on the rock. The Pueblo closed the rock to climbing due to tourist cause erosion.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Kenny's North Carolina BBQ moves around town from time to time. Here it is in White Rock. Pretty good BBQ if you ask me.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rocket Park

The 20 acre Piñon Park in White Rock is also called Rocket Park. The park use to have a much larger "rocket" you could climb up to the nose cone and slide down. Deemed unsafe, it was taken down and this is the only rocket left. [Note: The park sign should read Piñon Park; pronounced Pinion, NOT Pin-on]. A pet peeve of mine.]

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fuller Lodge Art Center

The Fuller Lodge Art Center is housed in one of the added wings to Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos. .

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sandia Crest view from the Jemez Mountains looking south. Albuquerque lies at the foot of the Sandia Mtns.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fire Department Academy Graduation

Recent Los Alamos Fire Department Academy graduation. LAFD had 200+ application; interviewed 100+; offered 11 positions to this Academy. Five Cadets graduated, attesting to their dedication, persistence, and abilities. Next Academy starts in August.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Jemez Mountains

A view to the west of the Jemez Mountains from Camel Rock.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Yes, Los Alamos Has A Starbucks

Los Alamos has only one Starbucks and it's always crowded. During warmer weather, outside tables are packed. Even when snow is present, if the sun is shining there may be some one sitting outside.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Hill Diner

The Hill Diner serves food from hamburger, to spaghetti, to prim rib.  Open everyday it's a popular place to eat for young and old. The Hill Diner link seems to have malware attached to it. Here's a picture of the inside from an earlier post.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ice Cream In Winter?

With warmer weather, lots of people will visit Daniel's Cafe for ice cream. But, they also sell breakfast burritos, other breakfast items, and sandwiches. So, it's busy on the coldest days as well. And, ice cream seems to sell in any weather.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valle Grande Winter

Valle Grande or Valle Caldera in the winter. Here's a link to a YouTube video of the Valle (with dramatic music) that somebody posted (about 10 minutes long). Took this picture the same day I took the elk pictures which are feeding just off to the right edge of this view feeding on the exposed brown grasses.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Grocery Shopping in White Rock

Smith's grocery store in White Rock was once a Gibson's Discount Center when we first moved to town many years ago. Smith's is part of the Kroger supermarket.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valle Grande Elk Herd

 Above: Elk in the distance on the floor of the Valle Grande. Below: Two close ups of herd below. Much of the film The Missing filmed in the Valle Grande area which is on the up and over to the west side of the mountains above Los Alamos.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Another Reason To Visit Santa Fe

Though historic Santa Fe draws tourists from all over the world. But, there is the domestic day-to-day side as well.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Historic Fuller Lodge

Historic Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos is still the center of many cultural and community activities. It served as a main building for the Los Alamos Ranch School and later as a mess hall during the Manhattan Project days.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Snow on Jemez Mountains

Recent snow on Jemez Mountains above Los Alamos is very visible these days due to the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire. Maybe the ski area can reopen now!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

To The Rescue

Los Alamos Fire Department responds to an injured hiker this past fall.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Meet You at Walmart!

Meeting of the minds at the Walmart parking lot in Española, NM.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chili Works

Doesn't look like much, especially when closed. However, Chili Works is the destination for many for breakfast burritos in the morning and hamburgers at lunch. All to go! People who have been away from Los Alamos for a while often crave a Chilli Works breakfast burrito.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ashley Pond Fountain Freezes

County crews carefully pushed canoes on ice on Ashley Pond to work on the fountain to keep the ducks and geese happy after several days of below 0 temperatures (today was a balmy 30).  And check out the man and his friend on the banks -see below. (This map link of pond area is out of date and buildings to west of the pond are gone or significantly changed.)

Friday, February 4, 2011

A View From the Edge

View of southern Colorado from the NM side of the border on highway 522 outside Costilla, NM nortn of Taos. Blanca Peak, one of Colorado's fourteeners in the background and in the picture below. (Climbed Blanca a couple of times in my youth)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Want To Go For A Ride!?

(This pic taken this fall. NOT during current cold spell of sub-zero weather. -20 overnight last night).

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Raven and the Hawk

Looking playful in the sky? Actually there were several ravens chasing off this Red Tailed Hawk.