Northwest New Mexico
Northwest New Mexico
In this episode Michael and the New Mexico True TV team quite literally bend over backward to show you the adventures available in northwest New Mexico. From overhead among Red Rock bluffs to overnight in a blasted rock cave, you will see some unique and beautiful parts of the state. There’s food and fishing and trading posts. Enough talking about it. Hit Play and see it all for yourself.
Alright… In this round of traveling we took on Northwest New Mexico. This episode was definitely one of the most exhilarating yet, simply because I got to experience two different things that I have never done before, but have always wanted to. One, would be fly-fishing and the other being Hot Air Ballooning. Both of which, are a big reason why a lot of people come to New Mexico.
Farmington, NM is a place that I didn’t know a lot about, other than the fact that they have the San Juan River. But what I didn’t know was that they have some of the best fly-fishing in the country. My guide TJ told me that he has clients from all over the world that come to New Mexico to catch trout on this river. Needless to say, I was eager and excited to learn the intricacies of casting a fly reel. It’s a little hard at first, but once you get that motion of pulling back the line, holding for 2 seconds, and then going back forward, it starts to become almost meditative. I loved it, not to mention the beauty of the desert around the river. I even got to do some yoga in my waders. haha… A challenge I thought we were going to have though, was actually catching a fish on camera. The fish didn’t really know our agenda so they didn’t exactly bite when we said action, but they did eventually come. I actually caught 4 Rainbow Trout on the water that day. I was pretty proud of myself, considering I’ve only fished about 5 times in my life. Anyway, that was a day on the water that the crew and I would never forget. Fishing the San Juan Quality Waters is the epitome of New Mexico True.
Our next stop was in Gallup, New Mexico. One of my favorite things about Gallup was that you could feel a train going through the middle of town like every other hour. You really FEEL the history the train has played in this town. I was also really blown away by all the art on the walls of the town. There are murals with a story on almost every block. They have vibrant and colorful paintings that illustrate the history of Gallup, including the historically significant Navajo Code Talkers.
Our last day in Gallup, I got to take a sunrise Hot Air Balloon ride. This was truly one of the most mesmerizing things I have ever done in my life. Living in New Mexico, balloons are just one of things that you expect to see in the sky, but being in one is a whole other experience. I learned the ins and outs of getting ready for a flight by working with the crew, and then got to reap the benefits of my labor by floating over beautiful Church Rock. There is nothing like the feeling of floating from the ground and gliding in mid air. And it gave me a vantage point of a New Mexican sunrise that I have never had before. Definitely in my memory bank forever.