S: Summer 2011
BC: The End
FC: Texas Hill Country Angel Fire, NM Flagstaff, AZ | Summer 2011
1: Hamilton pool is a Texas state preserve. It is a collapsed grotto just outside Marble Falls. | Hamilton Pool
4: The pool is fed by an underground spring. It also gets water from creeks that run above the grotto.
8: Making our way along the trail to the Pedernales River. We encountered strange critters, found fossils and took in the beautiful scenery.
10: We made it!
11: Natural Bridge Caverns
12: The caverns contain spectacular stalagtites and stalagmites created over millions of years.
16: San Antonio TX
18: Angel Fire, NM
19: on top of | the world | we took the lift to the top of the mountain
20: We visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park. Over 50,000 American soldiers lost their lives during the course of this war.
22: The climbing wall turned out to be quite a challenge for the mountain men and bunge jumping was no easy ride either.
24: San Francisco de Asis Church in Rancho de Taos inspired artists such as Georgia O'Keefe & Ansel Adams. It was built between 1772 & 1816 and is a national historic landmark.
25: We visited Red River spending time with friends, rode the chairlift to the top of the mountain, and of course, a little shopping. | Red River
27: Elk sighting between Red River and Angel Fire
28: Rafting on the Rio Grande River
30: Bud & G'Ma Simmons
32: Flagstaff, AZ
34: Lowell Observatory | We visited the Lowell Observatory which was founded in 1894. Inside the observatory we peered through a refracting telescope and saw M11 (or "Wild Duck"), a star cluster some 5,000 lightyears from Earth.
35: Walnut Canyon National Monument
37: Dwellings on the sides of the mountain.
39: Meteor Crator | Meteor Crator is more than 4, 000 feet across, 570 feet deep & could engulf a 60-story building.. The meteor is 92% iron & 7% nickel. Twenty football games on 20 football fields could be played at the same time on the floor of Meteor Crator, while 2 million spectators watched from its rocky slopes. | A fragment from the actual meteorite.
41: Slide Rock State Park
45: Michael takes the big plunge into the 64 degree water.