Good Afternoon ROAD TRIPPERS!!! Well today is our last day in Taos, unless you want to stay another day. We can cancel tomorrow at the Stanley Hotel and just stay there Thursday night. There is not a whole lot in the vicinity so one night there would be plenty. Let me know, its fine with me either way!!! Just need to know within the next 4 hours or so. Earth Ships, Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs, and Tinker Town were fabulous. I did not know any of these existed. Those formations at Earth Ships did look like what people conceive space ships would look like and what we think would be made by ships landing and taking off in a natural setting as opposed to a manmade launchpad. The Petroglyphs were amazing. I love looking at what ancient peoples thought and saw of the world around them at the time they lived. How they saw their lives, their culture and their civilization. And Tinker Town, who knew? Schmet, when did you have time to stealth off and help this guy build this place? He must have had help from a Norrathian Tinker whether he knew they were Norrathian or not. Now we are at Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area. This is a badlands area, like the badlands in South Dakota. They are created by water but now water is scarce and the formations are left behind. The area is rich in fossils and dinosaur bones. They have quite a few giant HooDoos here. They are quite magnificent. There are a lot of tent rocks, fairy chimneys, and earth pyramids or mushroom rocks. Geologically, the area is comprised of layers of sandstone, shale, mudstone, and bituminous coal that were deposited 75 million years ago during the late Cretaceous era. This area is rich in fossils. Regarding collecting, BLM regulations apply. Common invertebrate fossils such as plants, mollusks, and trilobites may be collected for personal use in reasonable quantities. Interestingly, petrified wood up to 25 pounds per person per day may be collected. Cultural artifacts and vertebrate fossils, including dinosaur bones, cannot be taken under any circumstances and must be left in place. Keep in mind we are in the middle of nowhere with no paved trails. So use your red button to call the Cabana Boys to come and get anything you may collect, do not try and haul a ton of stuff around. Its 103 degrees F out here today, so keep drinking plenty of water, we do not want anybody getting heat stroke. This area extends for 6 miles. Now whether we choose to walk the whole 6 miles out and 6 miles back is a different story. I suppose since nobody else is out here and the chance of anybody coming out here is remote, we could port out to the furthest areas in the buses and then port out!! Do not tell anybody that Cyrrena is advocating being naughty!! Gero probably has a way to cloak the buses up his sleeve. After we are done here, we will be moving on to Bosque Redondo Memorial and the Billy the Kid displays in Fort Sumner, New Mexico and then the Musical Highway and the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The way I have our time delays set, we will be able to complete the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History by 6 pm local time. I have scheduled cocktail hour for 6:15 pm and dinner for 7:15 pm at the Two Fools Tavern here in Albuquerque. This place has a very interesting menu. They say that it is an Irish Tavern with pub food. But none of the food would be in an Irish Pub. Some of the dishes they are using Scotch Whiskey instead of Irish Whiskey which would never happen. And they are serving a few English Pub dishes which amused me, so I had to see it for myself. I think you will enjoy the food and the drinks, especially the desserts. But I think they will have a shocker when I talk. After dinner, we will port back to Taos and we have the rest of the night to relax, chat and enjoy the hotel amenities. Anybody looking at the update, let me know if you want to stay another day here in Taos. I am inclined to do so, what with all the research Schmet did on Taos itself. *passes out Sombreros to everybody and an 80 slot leather backpack for collecting "shinies", stealths over and puts Ttobey's new Sombrero on him and his new backpack on him, giggles, and stealths off, casts the group speed buff, double checks the time delays, makes sure the Cabana Boys are on stand-by, motions to the Cabana Boy pulling the wagon with the Igloo chests full of ice and water to join the group, and shouts* Lets get moving, we have "shinies" to find and a lot of badlands to look at!!!!