Nov 3, 2013Limited, anyone with the link
Photo: Entering Oklahoma--looks like it was made in the prison workshop, eh?   That's in McAlester, the place of my birth...
Photo: Right at the state line, the cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail comes through.
Photo: Boise City has NEVER seen better days....  Just read The Worst Hard Times about the dust bowl--centered right here.
Photo: Traffic is heavy and complicated around the court house....
Photo: Heading W to Black Mesa State Park, we crossed the Santa Fe Trail cutoff again.
Photo: The original Santa Fe Trail went up the Arkansas River to La Junta (the junction) and then down towards Trinidad and over Raton Pass. This cutoff was only possible after the Indians were "pacified".....
Photo: Western end of the Oklahoma panhandle. Black Mesa in the distance. The summit of Oklahoma is out there on Black Mesa.
Photo: Black Mesa State Park--a beautiful campground along a resevoir--that was dry for two years in the drought, but suddenly filled to the top with heavy rains earlier this fall--probably when Boulder and NE Colorado were flooding away.
Photo: View of the campground.
Photo: The next day we attacked the summit of Oklahoma. A grueling 4 mile hike with a 300' elevation gain.
Photo: Starting the climb. Not much oxygen. This is almost 4000'.
Photo: Black Mesa is formed of lava. Capulin Nat'l Monument--a cinder cone--is one of the sources of the lava.  The view from the summit is so expansive that you can see Capulin off to the west.
Photo: Everywhere, the prickly pears had their fruits.
Photo: And the evidence shows that the coyotes were feasting on them.
Photo: The final summit dash on top of the mesa--with the summit in view--that vertical post in the distance.
Photo: Here it is. Only 1200' to the W, New Mexico is higher....
Photo: View back down to the NE from Black Mesa. Our vans and
companions are down there somwhere.
Photo: Syncro Bro Bob heads down the trail.  150 years ago this was No Mans Land.
Photo: On 5 miles N to the junction of Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma.  Here, El Jefe is parked in Colorado while I am standing on the Oklahoma-New Mexico state line.  The Spot on top is sending the coordinates: 37.00014,-103.00235
Photo: A thousand feet to the N is an earlier monument--before
accurate surveying showed the true "T" was to the S.
Photo: This sandstone post was erected in 1881...
Photo: ...before either New Mexico or Oklahoma were states.
Photo: On the next day through Campo--excellent burgers in the (only) local cafe--to Picture Canyon.