Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument – Chochiti, NM

Today I woke up before dawn so that I might find an office for the day with a bit of a different view. Boy, was I not disappointed!

I made the hour trek to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and hit the trails shortly after the area opened for the day in the hopes of missing the crowds and heat. I wasn’t early enough as there was a busload of Boy Scouts out on the trail ahead of me. (Fun fact: I am an Eagle Scout.)

1.5 miles later I was at the end of the Slot Canyon Trail, one of two trails at that particular location in the Monument. There I settled down to work for a while, until my butt was sore from sitting on the rock and it was time to move on. That turned out to be an excellent place to work as it had both breathtaking views and a very strong Verizon LTE signal.

I was literally sitting at the end of the trail, with a 630 foot drop-off on three sides. Yeah, that was a good test of my fear of heights. I had a few “moments” but managed to survive the experience which I am very grateful to have had.

Off I went, back down the slot canyon and around the other trail. Aptly named Cave Loop Trail, it gives another perspective of the valley, including an cave carved out of the relatively soft stone years ago by the people native to the area.

Then it was onwards to find even more solitude, down the end of a 3-mile gravel road to the final area of Tent Rocks, and the third trail. After a quick mile hike (for a total of 5+ miles for the day), which included the Veterans’ Memorial Scenic Outlook, it was back to work for me. I was still able to get a strong Verizon LTE signal, which is not bad considering I was in the middle of nowhere.

Today turned out to offer an incredible, very memorable, “office”. One that is the best up to this point. One that had me constantly saying “Wow!”

I know America offers many grand sights, so I won’t be surprised if today’s “office” gets surpassed. I look forward to that day!

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