Off the Beaten Path-Valles Calderes Bond House


I was recently offered a free pass for the Valles Caldera Bond House Tour. Valles Calderes is located in the Jemez Mountains, NM. I couldn’t say no. The Calderes has been open to the public now for a few years and I’ve always wanted to drive into the heart of the volcano and hike around a bit, but haven’t had a chance. The view from the road is amazing, but to actually be on the back side of the Caldera and see the road was awesome.



Yes that is a herd of elk. They were bugling the entire time, celebrating the change of seasons. I wish they had been closer so I could get a better picture of them!



IMG_0606Our first stop; the the Bond House. The cabin belonged to an old sheepherder. He lived pretty well back then. It’s now the official Hunting Head Quarters.




Our second stop was the round house. Yes it is round and from what I gather can be rented. Two A-Frames sit up in the hills waiting for guests to take advantage of their cozy warmth. Dubbed the Harry Potter Sorting Hat.

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From there we took a leisurely drive further back into the Calderes to spot more elk. This was the view back to the Bond House for snacks.


I wish I could fully describe the beauty and vastness of the Calderes in words. And put up all of the pictures I took. But the pictures alone would bog down the blog, and you can drive for days before you leave the Calderes.  Any tour up there is definitely worth taking if your in the area, and you get a great history lessen (though I was too excited to retain much of it). I will be heading back up when time permits for another tour:) This time a hiking tour.



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:

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