Originally Posted by Dogman
Oh, yeah. Very familiar with the area around Los Alamos, Jemez Springs and Valle Grande. Back then the area was mostly wilderness and Santa Fe "The City Different" had a population of around 40,000--it's more than double that now.
We used to hike and camp in Bandelier Nat'l Monument. Last time we were there you had to take a shuttle from White City to enter the park unless you were camping, which we weren't. I though it odd that you had board a shuttle that far from the park entrance until I realized how developed the boarding spot was. It was like an amusement park had popped up in the middle of the forest with fast food spots everywhere.
Ain't it amazing how people take something they love and immediately figure out how to screw it up by changing it? As they say, "Nothing stays the same." But there's still a lot of gems in the area if you look for them.
I'm a smart guy, but I do mighty dumb things. I went to Bandelier National Monument for the first time by myself. I went for a hike following a creek. The afternoon went by, and being recessed in a deep canyon I found myself in a situation where I had a long-long hike ahead as I realized is was getting dusky.
Pretty much I was in trouble. LOL. When I got back to my Jeep it was dark. It was as if I left myself for dead.
I also did a lot of stuff you are not suppose to do like wander around by myself in a Jeep in four wheel drive low rock crawling without any back-up.
When I was there many had migrated from California, and there were many who came to Santa Fe to die of AIDS.
I really love Christmas in Santa Fe. Too bad New Mexico is too peaceful for my city slicker gal. She is not the outdoor type. I'm a mountain biker, fisherman, adventurer, farmer type. I like artistic solitude.
Never knew anyone who had a complicated life that was happy. I wonder if my gal could find peace by being alone or not being cronically stressed out and overwhelmed. Realize that she is a fashion blogger and always busy.
About 2 million people in the whole state. Probably still has only one area code for the entire state 505. I use to say that the area code was SOS because it seemed like a mystical place where everyone was searching for their identity or looking for something.