Saturday, March 24, was Scarlett’s 3rd birthday! So of course, to celebrate we had to do something new and different!
On Friday my husband’s band played in Lamy, NM. It’s a little town that is basically a small railroad stop. A few of the residents recently set up an historic train car and turned it into a bar. The quarters were tight for the band, but it was a fun experience.
While watching the band, one of the locals told me about a hike nearby. They told me about a trail that followed the train tracks that led to a trestle bridge over a waterfall. Of course, I just had to go see that! What a great way to celebrate Scarlett’s birthday!
On the way there, I had to drive through Stanley. So I took the time drive down my favorite road there: Valley Irrigation Road. Since it’s between times for migrating birds, it was pretty quiet. But I did see a few local birds that hang out year round.
I came across a Say’s Phoebe busily looking for bugs.
I saw some cute prairie dogs and some beautiful antelope too.
The clouds were just beautiful behind this granary. I just love New Mexico skies!
My next town was Galisteo. I drove past a Red-Tailed Hawk hanging out on the power lines next to the highway. I turned around and managed to get a couple pics before he flew off.
Finally we made it to Lamy. It’s about an hour drive from my home. I followed the directions I was given and eventually came to an area where I couldn’t drive any further. Time to get out and hike!
We followed along the tracks for a while.
I heard lots of birds, but only managed to photograph a couple of them.
The terrain started narrowing from a wide valley. I’d never hiked next to a train track before. I kept wondering when a train might come through.
Soon we came to a narrow canyon. If the train came through now, there was nowhere to go! Yikes!
I looked down below and saw a beautiful sight. A sweet little waterfall with a beautiful pool.
We checked out both sides of the trestle. A wonderful part of Galisteo Creek. I didn’t know until later that this area is called Apache Canyon Railroad Bridge Historic Site. There’s not a lot of information available about this area, but I did find out the bridge was built in 1908 by American Bridge Company of New York. It is also known as Spider Leg Bridge.
I just had to get down there. It was steep! I slid down the whole way on my backside! 🙂
Once at the bottom, I made Scarlett wait before I let her play. She wasn’t happy about this, but I wanted to get some pristine photos before she got water everywhere. 🙂 I think you’ll agree, this is a special little place.
Finally Scarlett was allowed to play. She had a blast running and splashing!
The day was in the mid 60s and it was beautiful. Next thing I know, I’ve got my shoes off and enjoying the water.
Soon we had to leave. I have to say it was much easier going up than down. Whew!
Not long after leaving the bridge, I heard a train whistle. Yikes! We got out of there just in time! Luckily for us, the train stopped in Lamy to let the passengers take a break. I was able to walk all the way back to the car before the train went by.
It was a fun afternoon!
20 thoughts on “Scarlett turns 3!”
Happy Birthday Scarlet! You had a great time celebrating, and what lovely shots of the local scenery as well as great birds. Hubby looks great in the band also Kelly😊
Thank you so much Ashley!
Great birthday hike any such a lovely place!
Thank you so much fotohabitate!
Happy Birthday Scarlet!
Thank you Kathy! 😊
That looks awesome!! xoxo
Thanks Dia! It was Great!
Happy belated birthday to Scarlet! What a great tip you got…I’m happy you got to see all this wildlife and shared with us. Loved the flight pictures!
Thank you Tiny!
Happy birthday Scarlett! Kelly your photos are just amazing! I have been away too long…..I have missed seeing them!
Thank you so much Stephanie! I’ve missed seeing your adventures as well!
Great place to highlight. I enjoyed the excellent photos reflecting current life as well as past life like the insulators and bolt. The location looks serene.
Thank you so much Ron! I love capturing history. I think a lot of people overlook the little bits still around us.
You’re so right. We miss the “little” things around us without much thought about the origination or historical value.
Happy belated birthday to your beautiful Scarlet! Wonderful pictures here, all of them!
Thank you so much Tiny!
What an adventure for the birthday girl! Beautiful captures, Kelly, I enjoyed all your photos!
Thank you so much Donna!