storm chasin’

Took off towards the hills today in search of big sky and adventure,  found both.   

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First sighting of Hermit Peak, the target of the trip.  Jutting up from the earth just outside of Las Vegas (Trivia tidbit.. ours here in New Mexico is the ORIGINAL Las Vegas, founded in 1835 it predates that one in Nevada by 70 years) is Hermit Peak a local landmark and sometimes movie backdrop.  Some of you might recognize it from “No Country for Old Men” or “Red Dawn” among others.  According to Wiki “it is named for the Italian religious recluse John Augustiani, who lived there in a cave he had dug into the earth around the time of the Civil War. His cave became the subject of pilgrimage by some devout New Mexicans, during his life and for a number of years after his death.”

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Chasing storms in New Mexico is always fun. Today was no exception,  the temp where this picture was taken 58, when we hit the snow that the storm was packing, the temp dropped to 36 in less than a mile.  Yes,  you heard it,  SNOW..  nice fat pellet snow. I had never seen pellet snow before I moved to New Mexico. The best way to describe it, imagine a huge beanbag chair exploding in the sky.

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This is as close as we got today… too cold for hiking.  A quick trip out of the car, scramble down a few rocks to get this view, click the shot and RUN back to the car to get warm.  It was about this time we came upon two mule deer,  but unfortunately I didn’t get the camera focused in time….  

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Gallinas…  last time they counted the population was about 286 people or so.  Nestled deep in Gallinas Canyon, the skies cleared for a moment but we had to keep moving to outrun the storm we had just come through.  When I got home I looked up Gallinas and found something very interesting,  so for the history buffs,  follow this link:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/07/070712-chaco-massacre.html

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Out the other side and back again,  until next time…

 

 

 

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