Santa Fe, NM early in morning on way to Taos.
Sandia Mountain I took the "Enchanted Highway" to Santa Fe.
Walked around. Bought some ear rings for a friend. They
were made by the Zuni Indians.
On my way
to Taos, I saw a highway sign for Los Alamos--50 miles.
Decided to go there. Beautiful, huge mountains. I saw
smoke in the distance. It couldn't be Los Alamos? It
was. Some of the people who had evacuated the night before
were returning. But the schools, museums, and tourist centers
were closed. The smoke was still heavy in the air.
Stopped in a small store, the woman was in the process of closing.
She said that all the campgrounds were closed except one.
Road to Los Alamos
in a gas station while in Los Alamos. The attendent told me he was
leaving, he'd heard that the fire was getting out of control
again. They'd be another evacuation.
down the mountain road to check out the campgrounds. There
were police cars blocking the entrances to all except one. I
drove in and looked around. It was deserted and a lot of the
ground was charred from the fire. I decided to continue on to
Taos. If the fire circled back, they'd be no way out.
As I was
driving down the mountain, 5 or 6 more fire engines passed me going
up. Later I heard on the news that they had evacuated again.
over the Rio Grande Gorge on the way to Taos. Got out and took
my car parked by the Taos McDonald sign! But I ate at Denny's
'cause they have big tables to lay maps out on, smoking area, and
bottomless cups of coffee.