Saturday, August 15, 2015

~ Southwest, the early years ~

Part II

OK, I love this.  These are almost the same dates that I selected in 2006.  When I was working at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, we had an annual trip into the backcountry in September.  We called it the 'Squad Trip.'  It was made up of our management team, and park 'packers' or as I call them "honest to God Cowboys."

Our purpose was to reconnect with each other in a totally different environment, to better understand to preserve and protect the resources, and to review back-country projects.  I loved these trips that were usually 7 to 10 days.  We rode horses and camped along the trail.  When I retired, I found that I missed that special time in September.  Nowadays, I ride an iron horse, reigns blow in the wind, and I camp lightly on the land.  I take only what fits in my saddlebags and of course my roll or 'back rest' to lean on as I get older.

My rides will frequently take me out to La Joya, New Mexico where I was born.  My mom and dad's adobe house still stands and I camp behind the house.  Years later, that camping spot got a name -- Jewels Camp.

This ride takes me out to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, Canyonlands National Park in Utah, beautiful lands in Colorado, and of course La Joya, New Mexico.  Enjoy the pictures from this trip.

The odometer records 3,255 miles  . . . . .


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