Off the Beaten Path-Gilman Tunnels

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine invited me to go up to the Jemez with her for a day, and who was I to say no. It’s always beautiful in the mountains and I think everyone should disconnect from the pressures of everyday life once in a while- if only for a day. Also, like I mentioned in my last Off the Beaten Path, my cell phone Does Not get a signal in the mountains! Yay!! One of the places we stopped at was the Aspen Ridge Alpaca Farm.


After stopping at the Alpaca Farm we had a bite to eat then drove down to the Gilman Tunnels, located in the canyons of the Jemez Mountains. But just as beautiful as the mountains. Before we arrived at the turn off to the Gilman Tunnels we stopped to get a picture of an enormous rock slide. You can see in the picture where the chunk of wall came loose, slid down and wiped out the red rock on the cliff. That would have been a sight to see.

We next drove up to the tunnels and I found out that they were originally blasted out of the rock in the 1920’s for a logging railroad. They are huge, on the outside at least. When we drove through them they didn’t look so big. LOL There are several spectacular turnouts on the short climb and it is gorgeous up there. From what I have been told there are several ruins on the Mesa, including a fertility wall. One of these days, hopefully before summer hits I’ll get to hike up the canyon wall and check them out.

The cliffs surround all sides of the canyon, but if you walk a couple of feet and look down there is a small river that flows through the rocks. It looks so cold with the big chunks of ice sitting there.
Until Next Time…

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: Goodreads:

2 thoughts on “Off the Beaten Path-Gilman Tunnels”

  1. These mountains look amazing. I love getting out in the outdoors and hiking. At the moment my baby doesn't allow for the hiking, but looking forward to getting back out there! I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

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