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Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera

Snow! I looked outside once during the night to find it raining quite steadily but when I looked in the morning, there was snow on the car. Less than an inch but still, this is the end of April!

It's hard to believe that a week is shot already! We were both up relatively early and were dressed, packed and in the restaurant shortly after 8. Back we went through Los Alamos but then onward along the Jemez Mountain Trail. The road climbs up the mountain approaching 9000 feet again. There was a lot of snow up there and the effect was beautiful. I stopped innumerable times for pictures. Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera was awesome. Just above Jemez Springs we visited the Jemez State Monument where there are ruins of the ancient village of Giusewa and the San Jose de los Jemez church.

The modern day Jemez Pueblo was a bit disappointing in that, while the visitors’ center was nice, the pueblo itself is closed to visitors. Across the road from the visitors center is an area where there are picnic tables and a number of Indian food stands. Only one was open but I got an Indian taco while Lin had an enchilada.

For a change of pace, we made a stop at the Ponderosa Winery, tasted some wine and bought 3 bottles.

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Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera
Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera
Our car in Santa Fe
Our car in Santa Fe
Jemez Mountain Trail
Jemez Mountain Trail
Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera
Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera
Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera
Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera
Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera
Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera
Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera
Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera
Jemez Mountain Trail
Jemez Mountain Trail
Jemez Mountain Trail
Jemez Mountain Trail
Jemez Mountain Trail
Jemez Mountain Trail
Jemez Mountain Trail
Jemez Mountain Trail
Jemez Mountain Trail
Jemez Mountain Trail
Jemez State Monument
Jemez State Monument
Jemez State Monument
Jemez State Monument
Jemez State Monument
Jemez State Monument
Jemez State Monument - ruins of Sa…
Jemez State Monument - ruins of S…
Jemez State Monument - ruins of Sa…
Jemez State Monument - ruins of S…
Jemez Pueblo
Jemez Pueblo
Jemez Pueblo
Jemez Pueblo
Jemez Pueblo
Jemez Pueblo
Jemez Pueblo
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