Tony & Judy's Four Corners Trip Summer 2010 travel blog

Angel Fire Resort & Development

Golf Course at Angel Fire

Another Golf Course View

Lake at Angel Fire

Entrance to Vietnam Memorial near Angel Fire

Entrance to the Memorial proper

Remembering Cousin Joe! UH-1 "Huey" Helicopter (7000 used in Vietnam)

Visitor Center

Story of the Memorial (continued on the next two photos)



Front of the Chapel

Rear of the Chapel

Inside the Chapel

Inside the Chapel

Inside the Chapel

Scattering soil from here in Vietnam and scatter soil from Vietnam here

Soldier writing a letter back home from Vietnam

The Westphall family cemetery at the the Memorial


Lake near Eagle Nest

Entrance to a ranch in the high country. Believe it was for...

Aspen trees starting to turn

Old gold mining town

Main street in Red River

Swiss stlye ski lift

Just outside of Taos

Aspens turning

Aspens turning

Ski Lifts. Nothing going on this time of year. The area was...

Today we drove the Enchanted Loop, an 84 mile loop which leaves the desert behind and goes north to the forested Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the ruggedly beautiful Carson National Forest. It circles the highest point in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak (13,161 feet).

The first town we came to was the resort town of Angel Fire. There were lovely homes around a golf course complete with a club house, shopping and medical facilities and a small lake.

About 5 miles north of Angel Fire is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park. It is the first and only state park in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to Vietnam veterans. The Memorial was constructed from 1968-1971 by the Westphall family, whose son David was among 16 Marines killed together in an ambush in Vietnam. David’s parents spent their whole life working on this project and are buried in a cemetery on the grounds. The mission of the Memorial is “to remember and honor Vietnam veterans, provide educational opportunities for the public and maintain a haven for healing and reconciliation”. The sight includes a Huey helicopter, the Peace and Brotherhood Chapel, a Blue Star Garden, a pathway of bricks that have been donated in memory of soldiers, a Gift Shop, and displays of pictures of fallen heroes, as well as educational records and exhibits. This was a very moving experience for us, having earlier this year lost our dear cousin, Joe, to post traumatic stress syndrome, as a result of his experiences in Vietnam. Joe was flying a Huey helicopter when he was badly wounded in 1967. He went back for another tour in 1971. May we never forget the sacrifices made by the soldiers and their families.

We passed through Eagle’s Nest, a base for sports and skiing in the winter. Red River was a very cute Old-West style town which was once a gold-mining town. We drove into the Taos Ski Valley, but absolutely nothing was going on this time of the year. With all of our stops and side trips, this 84-mile circle took most of the day.

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