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Author Topic: A Trip to New Mexico and Colorado  (Read 9786 times)
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« on: June 01, 2015, 01:15:21 AM »

We took a trip out west this week, and ran across some interesting old iron items such as operating and static display narrow gauge locomotives/railroads, steam engines, old air compressors, lots of wildlife, and some very impressive views of the mountains.

We tried to make it to the top of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico (perhaps 13,000 ft elevation), but got stopped by the heavy snow that was still on top.
We did make it to the top of an adjacent peak that did not have much snow on it, and we climbed about 2,000 ft (without stroking out much to my surprise).

We hiked up a service road, and bushwacked most of the way back down.
The trail was as steep as the photo shows, that is not an optical illusion.
I am still married after that hike, but I am not sure for how long.

We did not plan the trip out, but just drove around and followed some of the recommendations of the locals.
Spectacular scenery to say the least.
The "Million Dollar Highway" was fabulous, but the trip over the top of the mountain with freezing rain and not many guard rails was hair-raising.  One false move on the narrow switchbacks, and you are over the edge and in for a several thousand foot drop.



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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2015, 01:24:24 AM »

Narrow gauge locomotives.

Unfortunately we did not have time to do one of the eight hour round trips; maybe next time.


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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2015, 01:37:36 AM »

Some old iron stuff, including an inverted (my term) steam engine with boiler.

I think the monitor was left over from the Soule photos on my phone, but I will include it here.


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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2015, 01:45:38 AM »

And some miscellaneous scenery.

The big open land provides spectacular panoramic views in 360 degrees.
The photos don't begin to show the full effect.

The second photo is the view from the gas station where we were filling the car.


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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2015, 01:49:14 AM »

The hike on the mountain at Red River New Mexico, one of the meccas of snow skiing in the state.

The grade was really that steep in the second photo.
We hiked up 2,000 ft in elevation, and then down the same amount.
Luckily the wife is a marathon runner, so she can do hikes like that.

I am not a runner; I do hikes like that because I don't have the common sense to avoid such things.

When we topped out at 13,500 ft, there was a frisbie golf course.

I merged two photos to show one of the waterfalls.


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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2015, 01:51:31 AM »

The attempt up Wheeler.
There was very heavy snow here, and we did not make it too far, not wanting to get stranded in the snow up that high.


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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2017, 08:12:45 AM »

awesome pics, Ive never seen anything like the cass tractor thing, second pic in the second post. Im not much of a hiker either, where I live, there's just trees everywhere, so going out of state to see scenery isnt anything really that new from being at home, lol. You were talking about the freezing rain and no guardrails, that sounds like the places we used to deliver furniture to in new york. Everything would be in at least an inch of ice, a 50+ foot drop, and the road signs are pointing over the cliff, lol. I guess thats one way to keep unwanted tourists out of the area, lol.
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2017, 10:57:32 AM »

I remember seeing some of the early gas engine tractors at a show years ago in Iowa, and while the steam tractor layout seems to have been worked out early on (build a boiler and hang everything off of that), the early tractors seemed very odd.

It was as if they were not really sure where to put things, and I remember asking a lot of questions about which component did what.

That is a nice Case; it seems pretty unique.

It was a great trip.
The vast open spaces out west are so different from here, where everything is hemmed in by heavy tree cover, and visibility is limited by the nearest tree line.

We just started driving, and went into northern New Mexico, and then into Colorado, not having a particular destination.
People would ask "Where you headed?", and we would say "No place in particular, just out driving and enjoying the scenery".

We stumbled across some great old iron though.
Makes me wonder what we missed.
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