Not Really Here Or There
An easily overlooked stop on the Turquoise Trail road trip, Cerrillos is literally a living ghost town. At least six or seven people still live here and they even put up historical markers providing interesting information on the town's ancient buildings.
Los Lunas Decalogue Stone
Way back in 2003, I bought a book called Mysteries & Miracles of New Mexico: Guide Book To The Genuinely Bizarre In The Land Of Enchantment, by Jack Kutz. Chapter One is about New Mexico's Mystery Rock so naturally I followed his cryptic instructions and found it at the base of Hidden Mountain.
That was 16 years ago.
Last weekend, I grabbed the book and took Johnpaul out to the desert and we found it once again.
Still the topic of much archaeological debate, the Los Lunas Decalogue stone is written in a dead language and predates Columbus by well over 1000 years.
It is older than the petroglyphs and written in a language from the other side of the world. So, uh... hmmmmm.
The Optical Illusion Mountains
The Manzano Mountains are in my proverbial backyard but their height is a topic of optical confusion. Their size does not seem to change appropriately with viewing distance. For example, (see the photo above) when viewed from the west side of Los Lunas - on Main Street west of Los Lunas High School, the Manzano Mountains look pretty big, like big BIG. This would represent a viewing distance of >20 miles. From this vantage point, I would think that if I were standing right in front of them they would would tower up to the sky.
On Top Of The World
These photos were taken September 23, 2018.
Sandia Crest sits at 10,653 feet and overlooks the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
If you plan on making a visit, be sure to bring water and a jacket. It's high and dry but also tends to average at least 10 degrees colder than the temperature in Albuquerque.
Additionally, if you come from sea-level, the air is very thin here so be prepared to pace yourself. Altitude sickness is a real thing, y'all.
I am DeAnna Vincent, fine art and portrait photographer in Los Lunas, New Mexico. These are the photos from my everyday adventures.