La Bajada, New Mexico

Evangeline Chavez 2011

La Bajada(the descent)sits on the bank of a stream at the base of a black lava rock mesa at the end of one of the most treacherous pieces of road in New Mexico. A postcard from the 1920’s depicts the road, with a descent or drop  of  about 800 feet from the rim of the mesa to the foot of the hill and 1000 feet to the lowland. The road was one and a half miles long, and was cut out of volcano lava. It has 23 hair-pin turns, some of them having a very steep grade, that is why  at the base of the hill a spot  was named Florida after  a truck loaded with oranges  overturned.

~ by Evangeline Art Photography on April 3, 2011.

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