Last year, after completing our Salado Canyon hike, we drove up to the Karr Canyon picnic area hoping to see a little fall color. We were a bit too early.The many maples,aspens and oaks were still green. I'd forgotten about this little foray, until last Sunday morning. I woke up on the last day of our little fall vacation in Cloudcroft thinking" I want to drive back through Karr Canyon."
Well it was a pretty brisk morning as we headed out first on NM 130 then onto NM 6563 and finally after about 6 or so miles began our descent along the narrow, dark watercourse where there is barely room for FR 63( Karr Canyon Road).
The wind was blowing and the aspens were losing their leaves in large numbers. A layer of fresh yellow
color that seemed to light the dark forest was covering every surface
as we peered from our car window. I should have photographed it, but it
seemed to be one of those scenes that just can't be conveyed unless the
light was absolutely perfect. Well, I could've tried.
at the picnic area which was busy with campers and day trippers. The maples
were brilliant in shades of yellow, orange and red. There are some that
have grown to good size in this cool canyon. We took our pictures,
walked around a little. We would have walked around more,but it would
have meant walking through people's camp sites, which seemed weird. I
was glad we came this way. It always makes me smile to see maple trees
putting on their fall show ( I guess it's that New Englander deep down
inside me still).