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« Reply #920 on: May 31, 2020, 12:32:27 pm »
Wow Taos didn't dissapoint  :thumleft:

Just to clarify, Taos is where I was staying, Taos Ski Valley is a separate village several miles away and much higher in elevation.

I found some video footage of Taos Ski Valley, it's quite a place with a Swiss theme.

I've tried unsuccessfully twice to upload to the tube.  I'm gonna continue to try.

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You're very welcome.  I must have recorded the video in 4K because the uploader claims several hours to upload.  I'm gonna try and trim it.

Or try to reduce the picture quality on youtube from 4k to 720
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« Reply #921 on: May 31, 2020, 12:34:57 pm »
Wow Taos didn't dissapoint  :thumleft:

Just to clarify, Taos is where I was staying, Taos Ski Valley is a separate village several miles away and much higher in elevation.

I found some video footage of Taos Ski Valley, it's quite a place with a Swiss theme.

I've tried unsuccessfully twice to upload to the tube.  I'm gonna continue to try.

cool thanks

You're very welcome.  I must have recorded the video in 4K because the uploader claims several hours to upload.  I'm gonna try and trim it.

Or try to reduce the picture quality on youtube from 4k to 720

I'll try, tbh, I don't really know what I'm doing, I don't know how to change the format before I attempt to upload.

I know what I'll do, I'll make 3 one minute vids out of 3 minutes of footage and see if that works.
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« Reply #922 on: May 31, 2020, 01:28:43 pm »
Here da footage of Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico.  Alpine ski town in northern NM with a Bavarian theme.





Taos Ski Valley with an International Sex Symbol

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« Reply #923 on: May 31, 2020, 02:21:19 pm »
In the next entry, I will take you through what many consider the most majestic area of the southwestern United States.  A place with a certain mystique and where famous artist Georgia O'Keefe owned 2 homes and where she painted some of her most famous pieces. 

I will then take you to a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The riding day fell easily into the top ten riding days of my life.  It was a magical experience which I will likely not ever forget and hopefully dream of on my last day on this rock.



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« Reply #924 on: May 31, 2020, 06:00:56 pm »
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« Reply #925 on: June 01, 2020, 09:07:01 am »
Here da footage of Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico.  Alpine ski town in northern NM with a Bavarian theme.





Taos Ski Valley with an International Sex Symbol



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« Reply #926 on: August 01, 2020, 11:58:24 pm »
Entry 22 - Georgia O'Keeffe, Ghost Ranch, Chaco Culture = Land of Ghosts
Star date - 16 July 2018
Distance:  389 KM
Day:  60
Seconds traveled:  5,184,000
Minutes traveled:  86,400
Hours traveled:  1,440
Percentage of 2018:  16.44


This day proved to be one of the highlights of the trip.  I'm not sure I've ever ridden through an area more beautiful and picturesque than northwestern New Mexico.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and the history I've included of this majestic area of my country. 

















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« Reply #927 on: August 02, 2020, 06:27:18 am »
Come on already charna....some of us are looking forward to some entertaining Sunday morning reading in bed and now you've left us hanging

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« Reply #928 on: August 02, 2020, 12:17:03 pm »
Hi Big Oil. Nice read. Hope those demons are back in check. Enjoyed it cause my middle son is now in Illinois for 6 months ( for second time farming) his big dream was touring USA with money he makes. It worked out rather different as planned but they arrived back at farm this morning after 10 day trip 9800 km’s. Absolutely mad but thats the beauty of youth for you! They bought a trans-am! Epic trip for youngsters!
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« Reply #929 on: August 02, 2020, 05:28:01 pm »
Thanks BigOil. We missed your ride reports. Where have you been?  :sip:
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« Reply #930 on: August 02, 2020, 08:02:52 pm »
Come on already charna....some of us are looking forward to some entertaining Sunday morning reading in bed and now you've left us hanging

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« Reply #931 on: August 02, 2020, 08:07:35 pm »
Hi Big Oil. Nice read. Hope those demons are back in check. Enjoyed it cause my middle son is now in Illinois for 6 months ( for second time farming) his big dream was touring USA with money he makes. It worked out rather different as planned but they arrived back at farm this morning after 10 day trip 9800 km’s. Absolutely mad but thats the beauty of youth for you! They bought a trans-am! Epic trip for youngsters!

The demons have finally vacated, not nearly as insane in the membrane as previously.  I haven't smoked marijuana in 5 months yesterday, that may have something to do with it, I'm not sure.  Thanks for asking.

That's awesome that your son was able to see some of my beautiful country, that's a lot of distance to cover in 10 days, wow, must be nice to be young with so much energy.  He looks like put a pig on each shoulder and run a mile.  I like that old Trans Am, I'm sure they enjoyed their time driving curvy roads in it.  :thumleft:
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« Reply #932 on: August 02, 2020, 08:09:20 pm »
Thanks BigOil. We missed your ride reports. Where have you been?  :sip:

Hey Crank, thanks man, I've been in banned camp, I went on vacation for awhile and then the time away forced me to finish the restoration on that old Honda pick up truck I bought last winter. 

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« Reply #933 on: August 03, 2020, 07:30:18 am »
Thanks BigOil. We missed your ride reports. Where have you been?  :sip:

Hey Crank, thanks man, I've been in banned camp, I went on vacation for awhile and then the time away forced me to finish the restoration on that old Honda pick up truck I bought last winter. 

How are you and your family, boet?

hahaha banned camp you say....  Yeah sometimes you need that time away to get your mind straight again.  Awesome stuff, you must please share some of those pics.

Otherwise, we are all holding on trying to keep faith, trying to be safe and trying to get through this pandemic.

Looking forward to your reports again. :thumleft: :thumleft:
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« Reply #934 on: August 03, 2020, 07:55:13 am »
Day 60 cont'd

I awoke bright eyed and bushy tailed, hot to trot to ride through the area of the Ghost Ranch.  A little reading about the ranch along with some pics of the area:




Ghost Ranch is a 21,000-acre (85 km2) retreat and education center located close to the village of Abiquiú in Rio Arriba County in north central New Mexico, United States. It was the home and studio of Georgia O'Keeffe, as well as the subject of many of her paintings. Ghost Ranch is also known for a remarkable concentration of fossils, most notably that of the theropod dinosaur Coelophysis, of which it has been estimated that nearly a thousand individuals have been preserved in a quarry at Ghost Ranch. 

Coelophysis is an extinct genus of coelophysid theropod dinosaur that lived approximately 216 to 196 million years ago during the latter part of the Triassic Period in what is now the southwestern United States and also in South Africa and Zimbabwe.




Ghost Ranch is part of Piedra Lumbre (Spanish, "Shining Rock"), a 1766 land grant to Pedro Martin Serrano from Charles III of Spain. The Rito del Yeso is a stream that meanders through the canyons and gorge, providing a drought-resistant source of water for life to thrive. In 1976, Ghost Ranch was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.

The canyon was first inhabited by the Archuleta brothers, cattle rustlers who enjoyed the coverage and invisibility that the canyon provided as well as their ability to see for miles down the valley. They created two jacal homes and would move stolen cattle throughout the night to Box Canyon. By transporting the cattle through streams, footprints would be lost and they could not be tracked. Stories of people staying with the Archuleta brothers who had gone missing (and their clothing on the men) circulated around the area. One day one of the brothers made a transaction without the other, and claimed he had buried the gold for safety. The second brother killed him, and kept his wife and daughter hostage until they admitted to knowing where the gold was hidden. Although the mother and daughter feared the rumored spirits of the canyon, they mustered up the courage to sneak away at night through the Chama Valley.  A group of local men then came to the ranch, fighting through their fear, and hanged the remaining brother and his gang from a cottonwood tree that still stands next to one of the casitas on the property. Other visitors who stayed in the casita later on noted that they could hear voices of a man and a woman fighting.

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« Reply #935 on: August 03, 2020, 07:57:20 am »



Roy Pfaffle won the deed to the ranch in a poker game sometime early in 1928. His wife, Carol Stanley, recorded the deed in her name, decided to name the place Ghost Ranch, and moved there two years later, after divorcing Pfaffle.  Stanley constructed guest quarters and created an exclusive dude ranch that was visited by many of the wealthy and creative people of the time. Eventually many of her friends moved to New Mexico for its peaceful atmosphere. One of the most influential people to visit Ghost Ranch was Arthur Newton Pack, writer and editor of Nature Magazine. Arthur's daughter suffered from bouts of pneumonia, so he and his family had to move to an area with a drier climate, and he came to Stanley's ranch. Although her clientele were wealthy, Stanley was having trouble breaking even; she sold the ranch to Arthur Pack in 1935.

As Arthur Pack aged, he began to take concern in how the ranch would be passed on. He spoke with the YMCA, the Boy Scouts of America, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and the United Brethren Church about having and maintaining the ranch. But none of these organizations were in a position to accept the offer. Then, the Presbyterians accepted the offer of using the space as an educational facility, though it would be difficult for them to develop. Now, the ranch is used as an educational and retreat center, where over 300 classes are offered each year.


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« Reply #936 on: August 03, 2020, 07:58:34 am »





Georgia O'Keeffe, intrigued by Arthur Pack's statement that the Piedra Lumbre was "the best place in the world", visited the ranch and fell in love with the geography. Soon thereafter, she split her time between New York and New Mexico. She enjoyed having alone time, and was often very demanding of the Packs. Cerro Pedernal was a key geographical feature that could be often found in her paintings.




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On July 7, 2015, a flash flood occurred in Ghost Ranch due to severe weather that destroyed several buildings at the ranch. No injuries or deaths were caused by the flood.




200 million years ago Ghost Ranch and the American Southwest were located close to the equator, and had a warm, monsoon-like climate with heavy seasonal precipitation.  Ghost Ranch includes a famous palaeontological site preserving Triassic dinosaurs. Fossil bones were found here as early as 1885.  In 1947 the palaeontologist Edwin H. Colbert documented the discovery of over a thousand well-preserved fossilized skeletons of a small Triassic dinosaur called Coelophysis in a quarry here.  In 2007, fossil remains of Dromomeron romeri, one of the archaic group of animals recognized as basal dinosauromorphs, were found in the Hayden Quarry.[9] In April 2010, a team of scientists led by Hans-Dieter Sues of the Smithsonian Institution reported the discovery of Daemonosaurus chauliodus, a basal theropod species, at Ghost Ranch.  Daemonosaurus lived approximately 205 million years ago, during a transitional period between the oldest known dinosaurs such as Herrerasaurus, which existed during the Late Triassic period in what is now known as Argentina and Brazil, and the more advanced theropod dinosaurs.




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« Reply #938 on: August 03, 2020, 08:03:31 am »





Ghost Ranch's redrock scenery and 21,000 acres (8,500 hectares) have attracted many filmmakers. Here is a partial list of films and series shot at Ghost Ranch:

The Light That Failed (1939)
And Now Miguel (1966) included Ghost Ranch staff members James Hall and Heil Waters in small roles.
Red Dawn (1984)
Silverado (1985)
Outrageous Fortune (1987)
City Slickers (1991)
The Last Outlaw (1993 TV movie)
Earth 2 (1994 TV series)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Wild Wild West (1999)
All the Pretty Horses (2000)




The Missing (2003)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Georgia O'Keeffe (2009 TV movie)
Year One (2009)
Brothers (2009)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Lone Ranger (2013)
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018 Netflix movie)
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« Reply #939 on: August 03, 2020, 08:08:27 am »
Day 60 Cont'd

Herewith more pics of the area around Ghost Ranch, including pictures of Lake Abiquiu, and some reading on famous artist Georgia O'Keeffe.








Georgia O'Keeffe
(1887–1986)



Georgia O'Keeffe was a 20th-century American painter and pioneer of American modernism best known for her canvases depicting flowers, skyscrapers, animal skulls and southwestern landscapes.




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