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Bandelier Main Loop TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2007
rwstorm
Hiking1.20 Miles 25 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles
25 ft AEG
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Camped two nights at Juniper CG in Bandelier National Monument as part of our Labor Day Weekend trip. In addition to checking out main attractions on the loop from the visitor center, we also took a side trip down to nearby White Rock for views down toward the Rio Grande River from the edge of the mesa, as well as get some supplies/food. I also wanted to stop at the Balagna Winery in White Rock to pick up a bottle of John Balagna's "La Bomba Grande" red table wine (not that this was an award winning wine or anything, but I loved the atomic bomb blast label :) ). I became aware of this wine in 1995 when I found it in Santa Fe, but I wanted to finally visit the winery and meet the proprietor. Turns out it was a good thing we stopped when we did, because he told us he was closing the winery at the end of the year (2007). John was a nuclear chemist at Los Alamos who got into wine making after his retirement. Since he was involved with the development of the first atomic bomb, it was only natural one of his wines should have that name. :lol: One thing we wanted to ask him was if he knew the father of a hiking friend, who also was a scientist at Los Alamos. He said, "Sure, we were practically neighbors." Very cool indeed!

After our time around Bandelier we drove scenic NM 4 down through Jemez Springs (with a stop at Soda Dam), then it was US 550 to Bernalillo, where we hit the freeways for the fast track home. It really was an awesome whirlwind five day adventure! :D
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