The weather in Aztec during the daytime was in the 70's, nice and warm. However, the temperature dropped below freezing at night and was very cold in the early morning hours. It was 26 degrees the day before yesterday when we took off for Taos.
We drove along Hwy 64 E from Aztec to Taos through the Navajo region, through stately rocks standing sentinel alongside the road in the high desert countryside. The mountains of rocks, balancing precariously to the left and all manor of scrub brush and cottonwoods with their dark contrasting branches in fall splendor to the right of the roadway a treat for the eyes.
Every couple miles is spotted an oil drill bobbing up and down like a duck in the water. Hwy 64 E was a good choice to travel on, very little traffic on the road. The only vehicles we saw are the oil workers in their white trucks that passed by us infrequently.
In Dulce we saw buffalo and an old dilapidated wooden Rio Grande train car. It's Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation in Dulce.
We discovered an old railroad in Chama and the friendly conductor had just pulled into the train station, with steam still puffing off the big black train and he told us we can wander around and take pictures all we want.