We finally got away from the heat to the forest between Red River and Questa. We try to always stay in Columbine Campground when we go there and we were lucky enough to get a great spot. Pretty secluded and full of hummingbirds.
The first night there we had a huge buck come through our camp. It was so close that Zane could see his hair and said it looked like Buddy’s. He came through so fast I could not even get pictures!
So we of course have to have campfires and s’mores! Right off the bat that is what we did.Mmmmmm. No, these are not good at all. We did do a little different this year. We used Nutella instead of Hershey bars. Don’t knock it til you try it! It is sooooo good. Nice and gooey.We were there 6 nights and 5 days. So nice to sit and enjoy and let everyone do what they wanted pretty much. Of course the boys fished every day. But we did a lot of just sight seeing.
This is part of Fawn Lakes, just down toward Red River from our campsite. It is a great place to take the younger ones, or anyone really, to fish. From here Zachary and Mike could go stream fishing and let Zane, with Kathleen supervising, fish away. They caught a few fish and we did eat one the first night. The rest of the time it was catch and release.We took a small road trip to Cabresto Lake. It is listed on a tour guide as a jeep trip but we opted to take the truck. Just going into Questa you follow the signs and eventually get there. It was not an easy road but except for low vehicles, is very accessible. Really pretty area.Hiking around the lake while the boys fished. No catches here but worth the drive.See the lizard. They were sunning and quick to move.This chipmunk found a gold mine in in a corn cob left there.Some of our hummingbirds…
I think we had some black chinned but not sure as the throat color changed. Probably they were all ruby throated, jut the light changed them. Buddy enjoying the sun.This one is a Rufus. He was really pretty but came around rarely. Pictures do not do justice to his orange colors.I could have stayed and snapped away all day. So fascinating.We went into Red River and went to the “shoot out” and they had some native Indians dance for us too. You can see the Indian singer in the background.They lead the crowd round the area in a native dance.The costumes were really impressive.And the play begins…It was a great diversion for an evening. All local players of course..
We decided rather than rent a jeep to take a “jeep” tour up to Goose Lake. Goose Lake is famous for it’s drive – a one lane ROUGH road. There are lots of pull overs but I would not go there in my vehicle unless it is a 4wheeler. Those were everywhere and that looked like fun. We rode on the back of a 4 wheel drive pickup outfitted with a seating area. We laughed all the way up! It was rocky and rough but our driver, Tom, was full of information regarding the mines and ownership of the land around there. And it was beautiful.
One of the first mines. No, I would not go in that hole. It looks big in this picture but it is actually only about 3 feet tall.Miners lived all over this area. I cannot imagine trying to get there. I think this is the home of a woman who baked for the men traveling the road in front of her cabin. Of course, they would be walking or riding to the mining area from where ever and to smell the fresh baked goods! Bet she sold a lot.This cabin was built by some engineers with some good idea. Over 100 years old and in really good shape.This mine is owned by a family who has not given up. Apparently their ancestors were mining gold when the mine started filling with water. The miners grabbed the bags of gold and shoved them into shafts that came off of the vertical shaft then headed to the top. So there is gold already mined still in this shaft. Try as they might, when they try to retrieve the gold, the water just keeps rushing into the shaft. But it looks like a long drop to us!Zane and Tom dropping a rock down down down…….Pretty little flowers. More old cabins.Yep, there is snow up there…And fog…Aren’t they sweet?Soon after these pictures a small skirmish broke out between brothers. Surely not you say? Well, they are brothers.Can you see the big horn sheep up there. That is a long was. I was using nearly all of my 300 lens. Here it is cropped. Female sheep.Really pretty lake. Zane and Zachary loved skipping rocks here. (Especially Zane. He is really good.)Coming down the mountain the view of Red River.
The final night. We had another fire. Rain the last couple of nights slowed down our fire building but we did enjoy this one. We had some of the packets of crystals that gave our fire some color . Beautiful and warm. We did not really want to come home…
Good night all. Looking forward to our next adventure!