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The Sangre De Christo Mountains

In the 1800’s, when the Spanish dreamed of conquest, they wanted it all from the native peoples – their land, their gold, their soul. Spanish entradas, entrances, into the lands almost always included armor and friars. It is during one of these early explorations into present day San Luis Valley that a legend was born.

Virginia Simmons in her book, The San Luis Valley: Land of the Six Armed Cross, recounts the legend.


An exploratory party had reached the mouth of the Rio Grande. Father Francisco Torres, a missionary from the Pueblos, looked on to the majestic valley and called it, El Valle de San Luis, after the patron saint of Seville, Spain. As was the custom, the Spanish brought with them natives who were essentially slaves. Weary of their treatment, they rebelled and in the process wounded the dreamer, Father Torres.


Wounded though he was, he and the Spanish party fled down the mountain through the great sand dunes and onto the lake, which is today San Luis Lake.

The party quickly produced a makeshift raft and sailed onto the lake for safety, but it was too late for Padre Torres. His wounds were too deep, and he lay dying on the raft. In his last hours, the sun was setting on the beautiful mountain range. He, no doubt, saw Mt. Blanca and the other peaks that towered over the giant sand dunes. The setting sun hit the snowcapped mountains creating a burst of red – as so often happens to this day. With his dying breath, the Padre soulfully exclaimed, “Sangre de Cristo, Sangre de Cristo” – that is, “the blood of Christ, the blood of Christ.” This is the legend of the naming of the beautiful mountain range which spans southern Colorado into New Mexico. This information came from http://sdcnha.org/js/ website.

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The Blood of Christ Mountains at Dusk

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Freedom Trail

Treated the five year old to some of our nation’s history while visiting my parents. It was just a small piece but its beginning to open up her little world. It’s probably  what I miss the most about the living on the East coast. The HISTORY!!!

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Bunker Hill Monument
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Boston Cityscape
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Old Ironsides row of cannon’s
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Following the Freedom Trail
Old Ironsides Black and White
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At the Side Yard
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Sharing a piece of History
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Old North Church

Creede Mines

As part of our Saturday Afternoon Drive we went and visited the town of Creede, CO. It is known as a mining town, with apparently still a lot of Silver still in the mines. They had to shut down the mines because the price of Silver was so low the company wasn’t making a profit. They are hoping the price of Silver rises up again so they can reopen. Miners at the time the mine closed were making between $100,000 to $130,000 a year. I would consider a career change for that much money a year. This small Colorado town was used to film parts of the new Lone Ranger Movie with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. The mine scenes from the movie were shot in this little town. The town is a fun place to visit. So if you ever get the chance you should come and check it out.

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Strolling the Mall

This is really the only mall I would want to spend hours upon hours at.

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Jefferson Memorial in HDR
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Lincoln Memorial at dusk
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Washington Monument in Black and White
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Reflecting Pool at dusk
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Washington Monument with Cherry Blossoms
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Smithsonian Castle
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World War 2 Memorial in Black and White
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Tidal Basin with Jefferson Memorial and Cherry Blossoms
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Jefferson Memorial in Black and White
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Saying from World War 2 memorial