Monthly Archives: March 2012

TRAVELOG: Better late than never…

It took me FOREVER, for some reason, to get my thoughts down about the trip back from Florida.

After four hot, muggy, wonderful weeks in Florida, I hit the road and began heading back to Texas on March 8th, right after work. I went ahead and took that friday off work, because there were a couple of places in Florida and Louisiana that I still really wanted to visit on the way back…
 

TRAVELOG: Jemez Springs, NM

Last night, I ran up to Jemez Springs to check it out – had heard good things about it from Dad. The area is spectacular. The trees are also wonderfully twisty and creepy. Gorgeous textures in the mountains, and the variety of colors in the dirt are remarkable. Being originally from DC/VA, I’d only ever seen red clay before. Now, I have seen red dirt. It’s gorgeous. :)

This weekend I’ll be heading down to the Trinity Test site, where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945. Apparently it’s only open to the public two times a year – the first saturday in April (YAY) and the first saturday in October. I’ll then be driving down to check out White Sands. Then, instead of going through the nine hells that would be presented by driving in and out of Mexico to get to Carlsbad Caverns, I’ll be going back north, then over to Roswell, then down to Carlsbad. I am HUGELY EXCITED about getting to check out the Trinity Test site. It is serendipitous that I’m here when it’s open to the public. :D

TRAVELOG: Sandia Peak, NM

Ran out to take the Sandia Peak Tram all the way up to the top earlier this evening. Dad had told me about it when I first arrived, and I’m really glad I did it. Supposed temp at the top was 45 F, but I only needed a light jacket. Then again, I only roamed around for a little bit and got winded several times, so I’m sure that heated me up. It wasn’t horrendously windy at the top either, which was nice.

The initial plan was to head out to the Petroglyph National Monument, but it CLOSES at 5pm. WTF, natural park people. Seriously. The sun doesn’t start seriously fading until after 7pm at this point.

The area itself is gorgeous, and there are trails nearby in which you can frolic to and fro amongst the varying spiny succulents and rocks. Lots of fun.

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Downtime

’m going to be staying with family in Texas for two weeks, then will continue my journey on to Albequerque, NM. where I will be in residence/running around for about four weeks.

Here are the places that I’m hoping to visit while I’m there:

Carrie Tingly Children’s Hospital
Abandoned Insane Asylum – Edith Blvd NE & Osuna Rd NE
Old Honeywell building on Bluewater
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
St. James Hotel – room 18 – said to be haunted by a male spirit that apparently is so violent, the room is padlocked and nobody is allowed in.
Dawson Cemetery – Elks Lodge 300 South 2nd Street, Raton, NM – worst two mine collapses in history, killing over 300 men.
Holy Cross Sanatorium – Deming, NM
Urraca Mesa
Bandelier National Monument – Los Alamos, NM
Chaco Culture National Historic Park – Nageezi, NM
Spaceport America– Las Cruces, NM
Capulin Volcano National Monument, NM
Roswell, NM
White Sands, NM

Road Chronicles

Back safe and sound in McKinney. Did the lunch thing at Chuy’s on the drive home. WOOP. It’s good to be back with family for a couple of weeks.

Road Chronicles

In the earth life is stirring, Winter’s gone, now awake, To the rhythm of the quickening, Bring life forth and magic make. Full Crow Moon tomorrow night. I’ll try to get good pictures of the St. Augustine lighthouse at night under the full moon.

Road Chronicles

Tent broken down and van packed. Weather report says it might rain on and off the next two days, so I figured it’s better to be safe than sorry. :) All set to get on the road back to Texas immediately after finishing work thursday. The weather’s been fantastic – good strong winds, nice and cool. It’s been a brilliant trip :)

TRAVELOG: Kennedy Space Center, a 3,500 year old Cypress tree and other interesting things

Friday night, shortly after work, I began heading up to Kennedy Space Center. Hours later, I arrived at a Love’s at exit 129 on 1-95 in Ft. Pierce, FL, ready to bed down for the night before getting up the next morning. The Truck Stop itself sat on a shabby part of highway, right next to an ENORMOUS Adult Superstore. Eh, it looked a little sketchy, but the vibe wasn’t too bad, so I went ahead and parked and tried to get some sleep. Several hours later in delays sleeping due to excessively high heat and humiidty, I finally passed out…
 

It’s decided – this weekend I’ll be heading up to Cape Canaveral, then heading over to Orlando. I WILL NOT be going to Disney World. I can’t afford it. $85 a day? Who can? Good grief.

I WILL, however, be trying to get to visit: a 118-foot tall, bald cypress tree that’s over 3,500 years old (Sadly, the tree was burned down back in January by an idiot doing meth inside the trunk, according to online reports. I’m still going to go to try to heal the remaining spirit of the tree. :(), Spook Hill – one of those places where your car supposedly rolls uphill, Snow Hill Mountain Bike Trail and Wekiwa Springs State Park.

I’m also thinking of checking out Orlando Ghost Tours – (407) 423-5600 – www.hauntedorlando.com

There’s also apparently an overpass on I-4 that’s supposed to be very haunted and have more than an average number of accidents. It’s just north of Orlando, at the St. John’s River in Seminole County. According to legend, the highway was built over the graves of Yellow Fever victims, who lived (and died) at St. Joseph’s Colony, established on this site in 1887.

Also, legend claims that the small, rural cemetery on Rouse Road and nearby woods are haunted by a ghost from the 1840s – Benjamin Miles, whose nightly presence is apparently signalled by an owl screeching. Mr. Miles, whose apparition is usually in tan-colored work clothes, was buried in an unmarked grave, and it is said that he’s an angry ghost. From what reports have stated, there is a “strong, unsettling presence” there.

Then there’s St. Luke’s Cemetery in Oviedo, FL – According to online accounts, there is a small building that can be found in the center of the cemetery. When approaching the door, it’s said that there is an odd feeling that overtakes your body. The feeling apparently borderlines on threatening and the cause is unknown. When turning the corner, some have reported that they experienced difficulty breathing. Sometimes hands will start to tingle for no reason and when departing the site, some have claimed to leave with marks on their necks.

Gonna try to find these places as well :)