The last day included the last venture into the sand dunes, and two places of interest, Fort Garland and the town of San Luis, along the way back to New Mexico.
The long previous day including two hikes up the High Dune left me wondering if I wanted another dawn adventure in the cold. I hesitated a bit when the alarm rang. The result was that the sun was already out when I got to the sand dunes. I explored the lower part of them before all the shadows lost to the sun high up in the sky.
|Waves||Wedge||Two faces||Shadow saluting the dunes|
|Sandy chaos||Curve||a-Symmetry||Life in the dunes|
|Distance||How I got here.|
A museum in a restored fort features barracks where soldiers lived between 1858-1883, and exhibits that focus on the commander of the fort, Kit Carson, who had a colorful life as a frontiersman and a Indian fighter.
|Kit Carson and Indians||Fort Garland history||Soldier in the barracks||Fort Garland and Blanca Peak||Soldier at camp||Reflections|
The town of San Luis lies in the southern part of its namesake valley, It has a distinction of being the oldest town in Colorado. During our short stop we walked up to a chapel on a mesa above the town. The path is lined by bronze statues that are the work of Huberto Maestas, a local artist. The statues depict the Stations of the Cross and are alone well worth the walk. Great views from the top provide an additional bonus.
|Jesus is condemned to death||Jesus accepts his cross||Jesus falls for the first time||Jesus meets his mother||Jesus meets his mother||Simon helps Jesus to carry the cross|
|Veronica wipes the face of Jesus||Jesus falls for the second time||Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem||Jesus falls for the second time||Jesus is stripped of his garments||Jesus is nailed to the cross|
|Crucifixion: Jesus dies on the cross||Jesus is taken down from the cross||Jesus is laid in the tomb.||Resurrection of Jesus||Lady of Guadalupe||Shrine of the Stations of the Cross|
|Christ||San Luis and Culebra Peak||San Luis local||Cafe Rosa Mystica||Little shop helper||Irina|
|Speeding terrain||Irina and a New Mexico sign|