Thursday, 25 April 2013

Valles Caldera - volcanoes within a volcano - of New Mexico

In 2009 we went to Java Island (Indonesia) especially to see some volcanoes. Then there was  not much going on. The Merapi was pretty calm but no tourist was allowed to go too close so we just looked at it from a distant. Instead we traveled East to Surabaya and drive up all the way to see Bromo, a volcano inside the Tengger Caldera. Bart, knowing our fascination with volcanoes deemed that we must not miss the Valles Caldera of New Mexico. Off we went to day long road trip. Ahhh ... ancient caldera. It might come back one day who knows. It was the same day we went to Bandelier. We stopped at Santa Fe on our back to Albuquerque for a late lunch - overly hungry and a little affected by the altitude changes. I don't remember much of Santa Fe - just brilliant looking city in the sun.

Breakfast on the road

Approaching the caldera

A lone deer on the grassy caldera

The long road taken

Hungry walkers arrived at a restaurant
in Santa Fee

Our week long stay with Sandy and Bart was so packed with so much going on, and yet there were time for everything. Hiking and walk, long talks, sleeping late, spa and pool party included. Now we are back at our home in Kuala Lumpur, I'm missing them the most.

New friends at a pool party

My beloved Bart & Sandy

From Albuquerque, we retraced back to Columbus, then London, Paris and finally home, Kuala Lumpur.

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10 comments:

  1. Sounds like an amazing trip. Your pictures really capture the wonderful time you had.

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    1. Thank you, Melanie. It has been wonderful to share this trip with others. I'm grateful for the opportunity to participate in A-Z and meeting new bloggers. Thank you to the A-Z team.

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  2. now here is some place that intrigues me!

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    1. I'm sure you will enjoy New Mexico, Lynn. It is not very touristy yet there are awesome landscape and so much to see of the Native American culture. And the food ... authentically New Mexican, the best in cheese, tomato and tortilla dishes.

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  3. How do you come home from a place like that?

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    1. Ohh we packed our bags, cried a bucket, and hailed our plane ... really, it was hard, Samuel. But as always, work and other commitments got us home

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  4. I know where Valles Caldera resides - it's massive.

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  5. That photo of breakfast on the road brings back wonderful memories. On a long driving trip, my dad insisted on stopping at a roadside table at the crack of dawn and cooking our breakfast. I can honestly say breakfast has never tasted that good since.

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    1. Cooking breakfast on the road .. wow, that is just so yummy, Pat. It made great motivation for everyone to get up early for the long road trip, right. Your dad a genius.

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