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Mt. Taylor New Mexico

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-01-2019

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Yesterday while coming back from an Albuquerque eastside visit I looked far across the horizon to see Mt. Taylor and the San Mateo Mountains covered with snow. It is a distance of about 80 miles but the snow covered peaks really stood out against the beautiful blue sky. Mt. Taylor is about 11,300 feet nowadays. Once, before a volcanic  eruption reduced it’s size, estimates are that is was from 16,000 to 25,000 feet in elevation. The lava and volcanic debris is spread out across a big area south of the mountain and extending south of Interstate 40 for many miles. A lot of folks don’t realize that Mt. Taylor is a scared mountain to the Navajo, the Acoma, the Hopi, the Laguna and the Zuni people. It is a beautiful sight to behold, especially when snow covered….

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The Webmaster is so lucky, living in an area where one can see so far over such beautiful, enchanted area. I used to enjoy that too, not so much because the lay of the land was so beautiful, nor because of its enchantment, but only because it was so different to someone new in a strange place. It is strange where one can see identifiable objects so far, especially on one’s fresh arrival from a place, like Alabama, where one is lucky to find a place where one can see one mile with a visibility good enough to see anything. I am not running down Alabama since I was born and educated there and all my family lived out their lives there. It is a great place in its own right, but this place is different because it is enchanted and has a meaning far beyond its seeming reality.

I agree….I too was always impressed with the mileage on visibility. Working radar returns at Walker AFB to known points in the surrounding area, we would check the mileage of our radar compared to the mileage per what the locals
had to say. They were always very close. Alabama is also very beautiful but usually the views are much closer.

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