This is the incredible view we experienced as we approached Chaco Canyon many years ago – Chaco Canyon being the common nickname for the spectacular Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northern New Mexico. The feature on the right is known as Fajada Butte, the feature on the left is known as the Chacra Mesa, and the space between them is known as the Fajada Gap. If this area were not within a federally protected park, it would be largely destroyed, as it is completely surrounded by thousands of fracking operations on all sides.
Photo info: Fajada Butte Chaco Culture National Historical Park Nageezi, New Mexico November 2009 Leica D-LUX 4 digicam
Yep, I’m still on my southwestern Colorado kick. Anytime we went to visit our place – our little slice of mountain goodness – we would usually fly into Denver (DIA) and reluctantly take whatever the rental car place would give us (they never had the vehicle that we reserved months in advance) – then drive halfway across the state, usually pulling into Silverton by the late afternoon or early evening. And this is what we saw just prior to descending into town – the spectacular view from the rest area at Molas Pass.
Photo info: The view from Molas Pass Molas Pass rest stop Silverton, Colorado November 2009 Leica D-LUX 4 digicam
Many years ago I accompanied Cindy on a lengthy business conference trip to the Big Island of Hawai’i, and afterward we spent a week exploring Maui. Being extreme introverts, we didn’t do any of the usual daytime beach and surf scene, or the evening dance and clubbing scene – no, we went for nature fixes. And the best one I found was the Keoneheʻeheʻe (Sliding Sands) Trail that began near the summit of Haleakalā and meandered some 11 miles (17.8 km) through the 24,719 acres (100 km²) of remote Wilderness Area.
Wow – talk about surreal! At the top, it’s so cold that you need warm clothes and a jacket. At the floor of the crater, it’s so hot that you need shorts and a T-shirt. And during the climb out, it’s so damp and foggy that you need rain protection. There’s arid desert and damp jungle terrain. There’s wildly colored volcanic processes throughout the entire hike. Critters. Spectacular flora. This hike has it all.
If I ever make it to Maui again, this hike is one I plan on repeating.
Photo info: The view from the summit of Haleakalā Haleakalā National Park Maui, Hawai’i April 2009 Leica D-LUX 4 digicam