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On our way to Bandelier Nat. Monument

On the way to Bandelier Nat. Monument

Adobe house and Cave houses

Ruins at Bandelier Nat. Monument

Great Kiva - Ceremonial Building

Canyon At Bandelier

Overview from road looking at road we will be on soon

Overview from road

Tuesday, October 10, we left the RV at the Cottonwood RV Park. Check out time was 12 Noon. We drove the jeep to Bandelier National Monument. It was about a 45-minute drive through some beautiful scenery of desert type areas changing to mountain terrain. Carol was not fond of the twisting, turning and narrow mountain road portion. The $12 admission was waived because of our newly acquired Golden Age Passport. It gives us free admissions to National Parks and 50% off tours or camping at National Parks. Bandelier National Monument has remnants of an Anasazi community established 7 or 8 centuries ago. It includes pueblo and cliff ruins as well as cave rooms hewn out of the soft rock. I took the short walk and talk given by a park ranger. It was very informative and explained how they lived and survived in those days. We could have spent much more time there but we had to get back and leave the campground by noon. We actually did not get back until about 12:30 and then eat a quick lunch, closed up the RV and left by 1:30. I don't think they even noticed we were leaving late. We headed for Chama, New Mexico, which is only a few miles from the Colorado border. It was about an hour and a half drive through some beautiful country. It was a two-lane road climbing through some mountainous areas. The roads were gentle curves so it was not as scary as we had earlier today. Most of the mountains had red rocks exposed to the road and then snow-capped mountains off in the distance. There was always something to look at besides keeping my eyes on the road. We arrived at the Rio Chama RV Park by mid-afternoon. The ultimate purpose of coming to Chama is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. This RV Park is very close to the depot and has several train cars on display throughout the campgrounds. The train track crosses the Chama River right behind the RV Park so we could see the train from our RV. We are now at an elevation about 2000 feet above Albuquerque. It is very cool and the campground worker recommended that we bring in the water hose during the nights because it should drop to 32 degrees overnight

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