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Sunday, 29 November 2015

ON A NEW MEXICO TRAIL; Part 1 ... Then and Now - with A. Vanderhoorn


This post is dedicated to the memory of my grand-parents, Natividad and Virginia Aguilar.   Natividad was born on Christmas day; that's how he got his name.




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The phrase 'land of enchantment' describes New Mexico's scenic beauty and it's rich history of a diverse Native American population. 
My grandfather was from southern New Mexico and was part Apache.  He and my grandmother, of Mexican Indian descent, retired to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1973. 
I have been blessed to have spent my entire life traveling to and from Las Cruces - The City of Crosses. 






Both my grandparents are gone but I have a cousin with whom I grew up,, who still lives there.  My cousin and I were lucky because we traveled all through New Mexico with our grand-parents.



Angie with  her grand-parents, Natividad and Virginia, around 1995.

The desert to the southwest is rugged and barren, yet beautiful. Most days New Mexico is filled with abundant sunshine and clean, dry air. 




Las Cruces is in the southern part of the state and is the second most populated city in New Mexico, with approximately 101,000 people.  The Organ Mountains lie to the east of the city.  They are a great place to take a day trip.  There are many different hiking trails.   On the west side of the mountains is an area called Dripping Springs ... an area which has several natural springs. 








The Organ Mountains rise to 9,000 feet high and are enriched by several permanent springs.  Because of the water found here, the surroundings land and mountain range are home to 80 species of mammals, 185 species of birds, 60 species of reptiles and cacti that thrive in the dryness. 



A  Rattle Snake ... dangerous!



On the trail to Dripping Springs is a ruin of a resort called 
'Colonel Eugene Van Patten's Dripping Springs Resort', built in the 1870's.  Van Patten was married to a Piro Indian and together they ran the secluded resort.

Old hotel from the 1800s


Remains of structures (a fort?), from the 19th century.  Can you see the canon? 


Click and read about The Livery'; circa late 1800s

Angie's cousin, Robert, walking through the town of  La Cruces,
with the Organ Mountains in the distance.  



Native American history is tightly woven into the history of New Mexico.  They cannot be separated.  Much has changed and much remains the same. 


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In the next post we take a few more glimpses of La Cruces as recently as about 2 months ago, together with some interesting highlights from the past of this town in New Mexico.



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Angela Vanderhoorn shared this trail through Las Cruces and The Organ Mountains, with TrailSpots (T-Spots!).

Here she is basking in the foothills of the Organ Mountains of New Mexico.
Thank you, my friend, for sharing this priceless part of your youth and adult life.
The dedication of this post to your grand-parents is but small proof of your love and appreciation of their legacy.  






Coming up next: Part 2 - 'On A New Mexico Trail ... Then and Now.' 
                    

                 T-Spots!



Tuesday, 10 November 2015

HARDCORE CARIBBEAN 2015, SANTA CRUZ, TRINIDAD ... Exclusive Footage!


The thrills of Hardcore Caribbean, 2015 passed eventfully just a month ago.   But, we're better late than never!  

The event is designed to pit prepared participants against a military style obstacle course.  Teamwork, strength, endurance, pure grit and fun are the order of the day! 
Catch up on some of the action that took place in the Santa Cruz Hills; in the foothills of the Northern Range, Trinidad, through our very own eyes.  It was a muddy and grueling course from start to finish.

Be sure to read the sign on the cover/top pic ... that says it all! 

Please note:  The GoPro cam video footage was shot by A.Gabriel - Hardcore Caribbean enthusiast, Trail-spotter and AIM warrior, exclusively for Kathy 'Gabby' Gabriel and TrailSpots (T-Spots!).
Special thanks for this one AG!

You can get an expanded view by clicking on the bottom right corner. Let's go have fun without the mud, T-spotters!


"No Sissies or Moaners ..."


'Walk the Plank'



'The Lube'



'Break Ankle'



'Ketch Ass' ... 
crawling under squared barbed wire, 
just 3 ft. above the ground/mud!
Watch the hand that holds the cam!


See you next year!!


T-Spots!

MEANWHILE IN TRINIDAD ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP

MEANWHILE IN TRINIDAD ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP
WELCOME TO GASPAREE CAVES, 'DOWN DE ISLANDS', OFF CHAGUARAMAS

MEANWHILE IN GRENADA ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP

MEANWHILE IN GRENADA ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS  FB GROUP
SOVIET CROP DUSTER AT PEARLS AIRPORT ... MEMORIAL FROM THE 1983 REVOLUTION

MEANWHILE IN PROVO, TURKS & CAICOS ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP

MEANWHILE IN PROVO, TURKS & CAICOS ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP
NORTH WEST POINT RESORT LIGHTS RESTORED AFTER HURRICANE IRMA

MEANWHILE IN TOBAGO ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP

MEANWHILE IN TOBAGO ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP
WADING IN NYLON POOL

MEANWHILE IN ST. KITTS ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP

MEANWHILE IN ST. KITTS ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP
A VIEW TO NEVIS

MEANWHILE IN RWANDA ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP

MEANWHILE IN RWANDA ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP
SACOLA COMMUNITY SUPPORTS GORILLA CONSERVATION

MEANWHILE IN MISSOURI ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP

MEANWHILE IN MISSOURI ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP
BUFFALO ON THE TRAIL, IN A TOWN FROM THE 18OOs

MEANWHILE IN OTTAWA ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP

MEANWHILE IN OTTAWA ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP
CLEARING THE SNOWY STREETS IN THE CITY

MEANWHILE IN SWITZERLAND ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP

MEANWHILE IN SWITZERLAND ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS FB GROUP
CARNIVAL IN SWITZERLAND ... #Wetzikon

MEANWHILE IN MALI ... FROM THE FB TRAILSPOTS GROUP

MEANWHILE IN MALI ... FROM THE FB TRAILSPOTS GROUP
ON MISSION IN THE DESERT

MEANWHILE IN CONNECTICUT ... FROM THE FB TRAILSPOTS GROUP

MEANWHILE IN CONNECTICUT ... FROM THE FB TRAILSPOTS GROUP
A TRAIL BETWEEN WINTER AND SPRING ... IN-BETWEEN!