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  • View while lying upon my Happy Place :)
    View while lying upon my Happy Place :)
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  • About 2/3 of the way there! We're above BS rock!
    About 2/3 of the way there! We're above...
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  • My happy place on the walk ;)
    My happy place on the walk ;)
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    Bandelier ...... ahhhh

    by kymbanm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This little gem is a piece of natural, as well as man made history. Bandelier has been a national park since 1916, and is a wonderful place to spend a few hours, or even a full day. I have driven by here countless times, but this time, coming into the park, and walking the trails was my goal .........

    Though the rangers, and the online guide state the first part of the Frijoles Canyon trail is wheelchair accessible ... they lied! I have muscles in pain that I didn't even know existed!

    Other than the shortened walk, it was a wonderful day ... next time I'm ditching Dad and crawling up into the dwellings!

    Entrance Fee: $10.00 per car for a seven day permit.

    Camping Fee: $10.00 per site/per night.

    For additional information concerning reservations, special use or filming permits, call 505-672-3861, ext. 502.

    Can you SEE the dwellings???
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    Battleship Rock & Mc Cauley Hot Springs

    by kymbanm Updated Jun 27, 2007

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    Battleship Rock is a sheer cliff that rises above the river like the prow of a ship dotted with back and shiney obsidian ... but despite it's natural beauty, this formation is best known as the parking lot for Mc Cauley Hot Springs, one of the more accessible and scenic sites for a soak in hot mineral waters. The water tends to be about 99F, and clothing IS OPTIONAL :) You walk up the trail about a mile or 2 up from the firepit gazebo of the picnic area to find these special springs. The walk is steep and crosses part of the original lava flow from the nearby caldera. Though an out of shape broad like myself needed to stop pretty frequently, it was so worthy. Give yourself about 1.5 hours (2+ if I"m in your party) to get there ... it'll take next to no time to get back as gravity becomes your friend on the return journey.

    Since they are well known, these springs can be crowded, but there are choices for your soak as there are a couple of large pools located in this high mountain meadow. Beware of the little teeny fishies (I call them minnows) as they like to nibble upon your toes and other bits ... just to see if you're edible.

    When you reach my favorite rock formation (aka: My Happy Place / Pleasure Rock / Altar / Picnic Table), you'll know you are about 500 yards from the springs.

    Battleship Rock - the start of the walk ... View while lying upon my Happy Place :) About 2/3 of the way there! We're above BS rock! My happy place on the walk ;)
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    Soda Dam

    by kymbanm Updated Aug 11, 2005

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    What should one do while visiting Soda Dam? Well, you can crawl over the rock formations, shimmey into the hotspring cavern contained within, snap a few photos, or take a dip in the river along side .... yup, there are a few fun choices!

    This natural formation was created over centuries from calcium deposits brought upwards from an underground hot spring ... no, this isn't erosion .... this a a large deposit of calcium carbonate left behind by the spring itself.

    You will notice an unusual odor .... it's sufur. All the the springs in the Jemez originate from deep in the earth under the Valles Caldura and they all have this odor to some degree. The odor isn't from the water itself though ...... sulfur is a waste product of the natural microbes in the water ... the frequency of new water entering the spring, and the dilution from other water sources, will determine the level of sulfur odor in each spring. Here at Soda Dam, it's noticeable, but not bad at all :)

    Tisha gazing at the dam ...
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    Soda Dam

    by MarkJochim Updated Apr 4, 2003

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    This geological wonder was created over thousands of years by travertive deposits - minerals that precipitate out of geothermal springs. With its strange, mushroom-shape exterior and caves split by a roaring waterfall, it's no wonder the spot was considered sacred by Native Americans. In summer, it's popular for swimming.

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