The Jemez Mountain Trail

Detail from the "Soda Dam" on the Jemez Mountain Trail
Camera: Canon EOS 7D | Lens: EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM | Date: 03-10-2012 12:32 | ISO: 100 | Exp. bias: 0 EV | Exp. Time: 1/40s | Aperture: 10.0 | Focal Length: 19.0mm (~30.8mm) | See map | Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM

Day 4

We moved North West from Albuquerque, via the Jemez Mountain Trail, a very pretty mountain road providing an excellent alternative to just sitting on a very boring dual carriageway. As usual, Laurent Martes’ recommendations of what to photograph are spot on. The Jemez Monument and Soda Dam were the real gold mines, but I also got some very nice shots of “fall color” on the perfectly serviceable dirt road down to Cuba.

Hospitality was very variable. The Jemez Indians don’t make visitors at all welcome in the Jemez Pueblo area, and most of the cafés on the route appear to be closed on a Wednesday. The local winery was much more inviting, although all we really wanted was coffee. We did manage a few sips, but there’s a limit to how much red wine we can drink before 10am! We finished the day in Bloomfield which has a decent hotel, but only one diner, which is very much “fries with everything”.

Photography 7/10
Food 3/10
Hospitality patchy

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