Thomas Canyon in the Ruby Mountains, Nevada

Thomas Canyon in the Ruby Mountains, near Spring Creeek, Nevada on 9 and 10 June 2021. It is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  It was sunny, windy, and relatively warm when we arrived, but there were snow pellets on our tent when we woke up the following morning.

Thomas Canyon Campground – 10 June 2021

Our Camp Site – 9 June 2021

Area around Campground

Thomas Canyon Campground – 9 June 2021

Sunset on 9 June 2021

Martha on our morning hike – 10 June 2021

Fantastic Sky Colors!

Fantastic Sky Colors!

Snow Still Melting on the Peaks

Snow Still Melting on the Peaks

On the Morning Hike

On the Morning Hike

Snow Pellets on Mule's Ears

Snow Pellets on Mule’s Ears

Look Up to a Summit

Look Up to a Summit

Signs of Melting Snow on the Rock Faces

Signs of Melting Snow on the Rock Faces

Stickers from Other Visitors

Stickers from Other Visitors

More Stickers/Slaps

Snowplant

Snowmelt [Sarcodes sanguinea] found at Emerald Bay State Park and South Lake Tahoe, California on 8 and 9 June 2021. It’s a member of the Indian Pipe (Monotropaceae) family and “is the only mycotrophic wildflower in the heath (Ericaceae) that is not a ghostly white color or various shades of reddish to purplish brown,” according to the U.S. Forest Service

USDA Plants Listing: Sarcodes sanguinea

Snowplant – 9 June 2021

Snowplant – 9 June 2021

Snowplant – 9 June 2021

Snowplant - 8 June 2021

Snowplant – 8 June 2021

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 3 June 2021.  The Grand Canyon Railway was taken from Williams to visit the South Rim of the park.

At the rail station in Williams, AZ

Sign at railway station

Artwork in the passenger cabin

Passenger car

Looking back in the coach

A happy passenger

Near end of walk to Yavapai Point

View from the South Rim trail

Switchbacks on the trail below

Along the South Rim

Another “Grand” view

Trails below

Out to the edge

Green in the valley

View along South Rim

Zoom out, more panoramic

Lovely clouds

Along the South Rim and more clouds

Back in Williams, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Images from a visit to Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona on 1 June 2021.

Petrified Forest National Park

The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert

At Home in the Painted Desert

At Home in the Painted Desert

Painted Desert Inn

Painted Desert Inn

The Tipis/Teepees

The Tipis/Teepees

Out from the Tipis

Out from the Tipis

The Tipis

The Tipis

Ram Promaster City at the Tipis

Ram Promaster City at the Tipis

Back to the Park Road

Back to the Park Road

Tipis

Tipis

Tipis

Tipis

Tipis

Tipis

Looking Out to the Van

Looking Out to the Van

Along the Park Road

Along the Park Road

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrification Process – From NPS Brochure

A Kaleidoscope of Minerals – From NPS Brochure

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

In the Crystal Forest

Time to Tumble, slow pokes!

Time to Tumble, slow pokes!

Agate Bridge

Agate Bridge

Rainbow Forest Museum and Visitor Center

Rainbow Forest Museum and Visitor Center

Giant Logs

Giant Logs

At the edge of the Rainbow Forest

At the edge of the Rainbow Forest

At the edge of the Rainbow Forest

At the edge of the Rainbow Forest

At the edge of the Rainbow Forest

At the edge of the Rainbow Forest

At the edge of the Rainbow Forest

At the edge of the Rainbow Forest

Martha with Logs

Martha with Logs

More Giants

More Giants

El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico

El Malpais National Monument, near Grants, New Mexico on 30 May 2021, part of the National Park system of the United States.  Two areas were visited:  La Ventana Arch and the Sandstone Bluffs.  There wasn’t time to go to the volcano flows.

La Ventana

On the path to the arch

La Ventana from viewing area

Under the arch

Skyward

Arch flower

Out the “window”

Another skyward view

Graffiti under the arch

Out of La Ventana

At the Sandstone Bluffs area – El Malpais

Down from the Bluffs

Sandstone Bluffs

Sandstone Bluffs

Sandstone Bluffs

Lizard at the bluffs

The van awaits

One more look at the bluffs

Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico

Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque, New Mexico on 30 May 2021, part of the National Park system of the United States.  Rock carvings made by indigenous peoples and early settlers over 400-700 years ago.

Richardson’s Geranium

Richardson’s Geranium [Geranium richardsonii] seen at in the Lama community, New Mexico on 29 May 2021. It’s a member of the Geranium (Geraniaceae) family. National Wildlife Federation’s Wildflowers of North America page 260, states it is found Spring through Fall in woods and moist mountain meadows.

USDA Plants Listing: Geranium richardsonii

Richardson’s Geranium – 29 May 2021

Richardson's Geranium - 29 May 2021

Richardson’s Geranium – 29 May 2021

Richardson's Geranium - 29 May 2021

Richardson’s Geranium – 29 May 2021

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, New Mexico

Along our travels on U.S. Route 64 on 28 May 2021 in New Mexico:  the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge over the Rio Grande river.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge – 28 May 2021

View from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge - 28 May 2021

View from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge – 28 May 2021

View from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge - 28 May 2021

View from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge – 28 May 2021

Rio Grande Runs Below

Rio Grande Runs Below

Martha Taking Photos

Martha Taking Photos

View from the Gorge Bridge

View from the Gorge Bridge

Looking Back U.S. Route 64

Looking Back U.S. Route 64

A Parting Look Before Moving On

A Parting Look Before Moving On

Earthship Biotecture, New Mexico

Along our route to Taos, New Mexico, we stopped at Earthship Biotecture on 28 May 2021.

Road Sign

Earthship Structure

Walk around Earthship structures

Walk around Earthship structures

Martha Staying Hydrated

Martha Staying Hydrated

Ready for Warmer Climes

Ready for Warmer Climes

GMC Truck with Visitor's Center in Background

GMC Truck with Visitor’s Center in Background

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, near Mosca, Colorado, on 27 May 2021.  With the melting mountain snow, Medano Creek was flowing at the foot of the dunes, providing families with a “day at the beach.”

Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Sangre de Cristo Mountains

On the Road to the Park/Preserve

On the Road to the Park/Preserve

Outside the Park/Preserve

Outside the Park/Preserve

Outside the Park/Preserve

Outside the Park/Preserve

Landscape Outside the Park/Preserve

Landscape Outside the Park/Preserve

Great Sand Dunes Park and Preserve

Families Enjoying the Dunes

Families Enjoying the Dunes

Martha Walking Out to the Dunes

Martha Walking Out to the Dunes

Dwarfed by the Surroundings

Dwarfed by the Surroundings

Looking Back Toward Parking and Medano Creek

Looking Back Toward Parking and Medano Creek

Medano Creek Still Fed by Melting Snow

Medano Creek Still Fed by Melting Snow

Martha with Water At-Hand

Martha with Water At-Hand

Flowers on the Dunes

Flowers on the Dunes

Parting View from Colorado Route 150

Parting View from Colorado Route 150

Parting View from Colorado Route 150