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Johnnie Meier Classical Gas Pump Museum New Mexico True

Johnnie Meier Classical Gas Pump Museum New Mexico True

When was gas 32¢ a gallon?

Driving back to Albuquerque after a weekend of rural land real estate photographer in Angel Fire along the very scenic Route 66, one can find amongst an unbroken stretch of canyon, trees and river a place that very much stands out, the Johnnie Meier Classical Gas Pump Museum. Thanks to Atlas Obscura, a great website for finding strange and odd things, we knew to be on the lookout for it. There are not just old gas pumps, but any number of things from a past that is slowly being forgotten. For me seeing the old coin operated animal rides that I used to take in the 1970s and 1980s, it was a strong shot of nostalgia. Even the old cigarette machine jogged my memory to when you used to see them in every restaurant waiting room. And when was gas only 32¢ cents a gallon last?

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Scenes from Farmhouse Cafe in Taos New Mexico Photography

Scenes from Farmhouse Cafe in Taos New Mexico Photography

Best pancakes of my life!

I do not often eat out at restaurants, as I think it is the least value for money in nearly all of modern society.  However, after a very long day of photography and drone video at 40+ rural land properties the day before in the middle of nowhere west of Taos, I thought Jessica and the dogs (well, they at least got free water!) deserved a treat.  In our previous trips to Taos, we never got to stop at Overland Ranch, which is really just a very mountain-town looking style shopping plaza.  This time we did and in it we found the Farmhouse Cafe with its wonderful outdoor setting.  

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Rat Rod in Rio Rancho Car Photography

Rat Rod in Rio Rancho Car Photography

Is there a junior adult?

This rat rod style hot rod at a small car show in Rio Rancho caught my eye for where it was parked, as well as how it looked.  I cannot say I had ever seen a parking space marked "SENIOR ADULT" before.  Does that mean there must be a junior adult or a senior child space somewhere in the world?  This hot rod was about as ratty as they can come, and I mean no offense by that!  It looked awesome and make me think I needed a tetanus shot just for standing next to it!  

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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Taos New Mexico Drone Video Photos

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Taos New Mexico Drone Video Photos

Experience counts when flying a drone

When I first got my DJI Mavic Pro drone in November 2017, the first place I really flew it was in Taos, New Mexico.  Driving there I had no idea there was a mini-Grand Canyon just on the edge of the town, so to my great surprise was the Rio Grande Gorge revealed to me!  I thought the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge would be a great place to fly the drone, but having such little flying experience and with it being so windy when I visited the bridge, the drone stayed in its case that time.  Fast forward to the present, with dozens of flights of experience, having already flown under the Bixby Bridge, with the weather at near ideal conditions I did not hesitate to fly over the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge this time!

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Flexing with Friends at the JCP Home Studio

Flexing with Friends at the JCP Home Studio

Getting Fit & Photography

Networking friend Jennifer has been coming to the JCP Home Studio which doubles as a workout space the past couple of Fridays for a dose of Insanity Max 30 with me and Jessica.  After one such workout, I setup a few lights to have fun with some fitness photos.  They each picked up a dumbbell and showed their strength!

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New Mexico Jeep Renegade Trailhawk real off roader

New Mexico Jeep Renegade Trailhawk real off roader

Not a shopping mall Jeep!

Those that know me, know that I love cars, well, special cars.  Not all have to be as special as my beloved Aston Martin Vanquish (some day!), but even just the ability to go anywhere, do anything is enough.  Getting serious speed in a car is not that affordable, especially for newer models.  However, getting serious offroad ability is.  When I traded in my faithful and much loved Mazda3 sedan in March for the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk you see here, I was giving up great, affordable on road driving dynamics for the ability to drive offroad anywhere a stock vehicle could.  

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Penny the 18-year old dog at The Crofting Inn Cloudcroft New Mexico

Penny the 18-year old dog at The Crofting Inn Cloudcroft New Mexico

Penny, the 18-year old dog of Cloudcroft New Mexico

My rural land photography work recently took me to Cloudcroft, New Mexico, which is about 30 minutes east of Alamogordo.  It is a small mountain town, almost like a place you might think is hiding up in the Alps in Switzerland.  The town has a lot of charm and while there I stayed at The Crofting Inn B&B.  The is where I met Penny, the 18-year old dog.

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