Dave is as good as his word, arrived early which was fine by me. We had breakfast at the Flying J restaurant which was ok.
During breakfast I told Dave I wanted to see the Petroglyph National Monument. Our first stop was the visitor center to get a map and other information.
Dave said Boca Nerga Canyon would make a good visit.
Arriving at Boca Negra Canyon, a few raindrops also were arriving.
The kiosk was unmanned so I drove right in and left my park pass on the dash. As you can the road is a little narrow, but there are no tight turns anywhere inside.
I had to reload my flim camera and grab some more batteries.
Snakeweed by the trilhead.
Information on Boca Negra Canyon
Dave showing off his artist prowl.
Moving along the walk way, heading upward.
Many of the petroglys were easy to see and within easy reach.
An overview of this smal canyon and its parking area.
Dave is near the end of this trail.
Off to the east we could see rain poring on the earth.
This one has the figure of a bird on it.
Some of the trails are short, but steep.
A view from above.
Mother nature showered us with a little rain, the parking shows how wet it got.
Moving on to other trails.
Dave on the trail to other petroglyphs.
This place has a lot of wild rabbits.
Boca Negra Canyon abounds in petroglyphs.
Information board located at the public restroom.
This is the public restroom area.
I had asked about his jacket, this is when he told me he crews on a hot air balloon.
After a short break, off to more petrogyphs.
On to the next short trail.
Rain clouds findly drifted awayed letting the air warm up a bit. Dave taking in more petroglyphs along Cliff Base Trail.
There is also Fourwing Salt brushes in this area.
Information for previous photo.
Leaving Boca Negra Canyon
We went back to Dave's house where we had lunch. He wanted to show me the Old Town area, so that's where we headed.
Crossing the Rio Grande on Route 66 (Centeral Ave.)
Rio Grande River.
Dave said a stop at Tingly Beach was a must.
The fishing ponds are set up for easy use and the kids are having a good time.
It's customary to shake hands with Mr. Tingly.
We wander towards the Rio Grande along one of the walking trails.
Information kiosk on the trail.
Rio Grande River was moving pretty good, Dave said the steel beams are for shore erosion control.
View of the Rio Grande.
Back at the Tingly Train Station a conversation was ensuing with the train engineer.
First train into the station.
Changing of the guard.