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Places you most likely will never Skate. Santa Clara Indian Nation. Santa Clara New Mexico

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2017 by gerilewis001

Just look at that sky! The clouds and scenery are absolutly spectacular in  and around Norther New Mexico. I’ve got a skateboard and I use it. I also share it and anything that my sponsors and folks donate to the cause. What is the cause youask? I am a skateboard goodwill ambassador.  Much like the Mindano skateboard clinics, the day started off with me finding a place to skate and knowing kids would see me.

On the Santa Clara Nation, there is a very good skatepark. That is all it took. It began slowly but a few stickers, Gateraids and skateboards later we were all having a blast. Friendships made for life and a good time for one and all.

I can say for sure if you give it away, the spirit will provide more to keep the mission moving. Thanks to Lost Surfboards, Arbor Skate and Snowboards, Carver Skateboards, Dogtown Skateboards, Bulldog skateboards, S-One Helmets, Heidi Lemon, Wax Research, ERic Muse Barnes.

 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico We Got the Atomic Bomb.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 5, 2017 by gerilewis001

Visiting Hiroshima nad Nagasaki and having interviewed A-Bomb survivors while an undergrad of Japanese studies, my visit to Los Alamos is quite a juxtaposition in many aspects for me. To view the location where the people , ideas, material and science were sequestered, the A-Bomb constructed and to contrast or connect the devastation, loss of life and misery the devices created, was quite an emotional rollercoaster. The sorrow of the victims contrasting  triumph and curiosity, experimentation and research of science created a cognitive dissonance within me for certain. I had to compartmentalize much of it.

Being raised in the shadow of nuclear annihilation, these locations, people and artifacts were standard study in my schooling. Being interested in history for history’s sake and not a political agenda,  Viewing the Los Alamos sites and artifacts was quite thrilling for me.

One must understand so many historical variables and take them into account when viewing the artifacts and visiting the locations.

My visit left a memorable impression and is reason enough that statues memorials and the like must remain for posterity if nothing else

 

Kachina Peak Taos New Mexico

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2017 by gerilewis001

 Kachichina  Peak   is te second highest peak in the Sangre De Christo Mountians. Located in the Carson National forest in the Taos ski valley. Kachina Peak clocks in at almost 13oooft. Remarkably the chair lifts go to the top of the peak.  During a rountine patrol of camp sites and other maintanence duties the last site (Wheeler Lake Trailhead.) on my route up the Taos Ski Vally in the Questa Ranger District is actually adjacent to the privatly owned ski resort.  I drove to the saddle and bwas greeted by John Castillo who kindly suggested I take the lift up and have my lunch on Kachina Peak.

Spectacular my be to tame a word to describe the view. Perhaps Splendifiourus? As the rest of the southwest is roasting in triple digit heat. I am cooling out  at a collected 79 degrees. I decide to make a snow angel just for kicks after washing down my lunch with fresh alpine H20. So incredible the rise in elevation and various climates that can be experienced in just a short 45 min drive and 20 min lift chair ride! From the desert and high chaparal to alpine medows and snow! I sure hope I am around for ski season as Taos Ski Valley is world class!