My brother, Rand, lives in Arkansas, and we had not seen each other in a long time, so in late August we decided to take a break from Covid quarantine . . . to meet and hang out for a few days in the ski resort village of Angel Fire, New Mexico.
Angel Fire is located at the southern end of a beautiful valley called the Moreno Valley in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico, which are the southernmost end of the Rocky Mountains. The valley began forming while the Rockies were being lifted up 75 million years ago, and it took its current shape over the past 2.5 million years.
We stayed in a VRBO rental cabin near the Angel Fire Country Club, where we had mule deer, hummingbirds, and a great view of the sky and mountains across the valley.
One morning, after rain and a bit of hail the afternoon before, we had a beautiful foggy sunrise:
We spent most of our time driving up and down the valley talking and enjoying the scenery, which included dramatic palisades along the Cimarron River . . .
. . . a memorial to Vietnam veterans overlooking the valley . . .
. . . and a cemetery located at the site of Elizabethtown, the first town in New Mexico to be incorporated. Now it's a ghost town, with only a few ruins remaining, but the cemetery is still in use.
Of course, no trip to a remote area of New Mexico would be complete without an abandoned vehicle:
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