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Snapshots Sunday: New Mexico

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This is somewhat of a companion piece to Walsenburg and Fort Sumner. These were shots taken after we left Fort Sumner and were on our way to Walsenburg. We passed by the Raton-Clayton volcanic field, which includes the Capulin Volcano National Monument. The Marine was in a hurry to head north and wasn’t interested in stopping for a volcano. ~Vic

NM Mountain Image One
Heading north on I-25
December 2008
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NM Mountain Image Two
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NM Mountain Image Three
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NM Mountain Image Four
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Shutterbug Saturday: Land of Oz 4.0

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More from my Land of Oz photo collection. Previous posts are here, here & here. It has been over a year since I posted any of these. More to come. ~Vic

Blue Ridge Mountain Shot Image One
The Blue Ridge Mountains
as seen from the Park.
Circa: Early 1970s
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Entrance Fountain Image Two
Fountain at the Entrance to the Park.
Circa: Early 1970s
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Bust of Dorothy Image Three
Dorothy & Toto Sculpture
It is my understanding that this bust
is missing…stolen like other artifacts.
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Yellow Brick Road Dance Image Four
Follow The Yellow Brick Road
Circa: Early 1970s
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Scarecrow Image Five
Scarecrow
Circa: Middle 90s
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Tin Man House Image Six
Tin Man’s House
Salvaged in the early 90s
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Cowardly Lion Image Seven
Cowardly Lion
Circa: Middle 90s
I swear he looks more like Stephen King’s IT
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Wizard Image Eight
You found the Wizard.
Circa: Middle 90s
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty

Shutterbug Saturday: Garden of the Gods

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My previous Tale of the Canadians took place a few months before my move with the Marine to Texas. We arrived in July 2002 and, by September, I had snagged a state job. I wouldn’t start for three weeks so, the Marine wanted to go sight-seeing (think road trip). One of the places we visited was the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. ~Vic

Garden of the Gods Image One
First week of September 2002
Shots taken from the travel van.
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Garden of the Gods Image Two
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Garden of the Gods Image Three
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Garden of the Gods Image Four
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Garden of the Gods Image Five
Entrance to the park.
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Garden of the Gods Image Six
Unique rock formation.
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Garden of the Gods Image Seven
Different angle.
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Snapshots Sunday: Walsenburg

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Walsenburg Sign Image One
Photo Credit: Acts & Tracks (Radio Ronin WordPress Site)

As a companion piece to the Fort Sumner post, my ex-Marine and I headed north, still on our way to Liar’s Lodge. We headed into snow and landed in Walsenburg, Colorado, in Huerfano County, a town smaller than the one I am living in and, as of 2019, continues to hemorrhage people from a peak of 5,855 in 1940. We arrived after dark and stopped to eat. There’s not much there, back then or now. ~Vic

New Mexico Mountains Image Two
Driving north on I-25 through New Mexico.
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Mileage Sign Image Three
Las Vegas, New Mexico, by the way…
Driving Into Snow Image Four
The snow showed up.
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Snowy Road Image Five
Continuing north.
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Empty Diner Image Six
This is from December 2008 but,
the diner looks like it’s from 1974.
Alpine Rose Cafe
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Deserted Diner Image Seven
It was open but, deserted.
We had a decent meal.
It’s still there as of 2018.
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Radio Station Image Eight
KSPK
It appears to still be there.
It is the only home of Colorado Rockies Baseball
in Southern Colorado.
Huerfano Courthouse Image Nine
County courthouse and jail all lit up.
The lights in the windows are odd.
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Snowing Image Ten
It started to snow, again,
while I was attempting another picture.

Additional Reading:
Returning to the Place I’d Never Been (Acts & Tracks/radioronin.wordpress.com)
City of Walsenburg (colorado.gov)
Walsenburg (colorado.com)
Walsenburg (Uncover Colorado)