Hiking the Jemez

New Mexico doesn’t have the 14ers that Colorado does, but still, we’ve got some pretty great mountains like the Jemez, which I spent some time in a few months ago. (Jemez is just west of the weird and interesting Los Alamos.)

Sam and I parked Sadie at the Jemez Falls Campground, a sweet spot that was clean, quiet, and inexpensive. The bonus was the camp host, this tiny 70-something who explained she’d just retired from her hospital administrator job and decided it was time to start volunteering full-time. She was spunky and fit and loved Sam, and I decided I want to be just like her when I hit that age. She made getting older seem like a delightful adventure.

The Jemez Mountains were the beginning of a 10-day Scamp up into Colorado, a great place to kick it off.

Hiking the Jemez

Jemez Falls was a short hop from the campsite, and this grotto sat just past the lookout at the falls.

Hiking the Jemez

Sam in the midst of one of his favorite activities: wading. He’s never learned to like swimming, but wading? This dog can wade (and splash and frolic) with the best of them.

Hiking the Jemez

Battleship Rock

Hiking the Jemez

UFO-shaped objects abound in New Mexico.

Next up: Colorado.

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  1. Susan Carpenter Sims July 29, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    The light in that first photo, WOW! It’s like a waterfall of light.

    Sadly, I’ve never been to the Jemez. I need to do that. Soon.
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    • deonne July 29, 2015 at 10:16 am #

      Susan – Yes! It was a gorgeous moment. You do need to go, soon. 🙂

  2. Ron Hagg July 29, 2015 at 10:19 am #

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    • deonne July 29, 2015 at 11:38 am #

      My pleasure, Ron!

  3. Brad Barfield July 29, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    Stunning photos!

  4. Sherry in MT July 29, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    That looks like a place I’d love to stop and camp as well. You find the coolest spots and Sam looks like he approved big time!
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    • deonne July 29, 2015 at 11:39 am #

      Sherry – You’d love it. I hope to go back and explore more, but then there are about a jillion other spots I want to visit too, ha.

  5. Emilie Vardaman July 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    What a lovely place!
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    • deonne July 30, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

      Emilie – It is, you should go!

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