Pre-Convention Trips

This time around we are offering something different.  While there will still be the traditional Tuesday trip, this time it will take place early Wednesday, so you’ll only have to book the hotel one extra day instead of two.  We are also offering several fantastic two-day overnight excursions and one-day long trips for those intrepid Sons wanting to get here early to further enjoy our state.

All of the two-day and one-day long trips will be limited in number and paid for separately from the Registration Form (at a later date).  This is so we can get an accurate count of interest, secure the proper transportation, and fix the prices.   If there is not sufficient interest, these trips may not happen.

Sometime after the first of the year, we will tally up all interest, announce their actual prices, and send an email to those Sons who’ve expressed an interest on their Registration Form.  Since we can’t guarantee that everyone will make the cut, it is highly recommended that you submit your Registration Form as early as possible.

NOTE: We’ve scheduled these so that those wanting to go on the traditional (Wednesday) pre-convention trip can also take one of the two-day or one-day long offerings.  If interest demands, we might even offer some as post-convention trips.  So be sure to make your selections known on the Registration Form. 

Wednesday’s Sky City & El Malpais National Monument tour

Acoma Pueblo, otherwise known as Sky City, is the oldest continually inhabited “city” in North America.   They are known as Sky City because their town sits atop a fortress-like mesa — which came in handy for defense in olden times. The Acoma tribe is known for their distinctive pottery, and would be glad to sell you some.  Actually, you’re likely to find a great piece priced directly from the potter.  There is also a Museum we’ll peruse.

A new Route 66 museum is scheduled to open prior to the convention, and we’ll be sure to make a stop there along the way.  

El Malpais (The Bad Lands) National Monument is a huge expanse of lava flow.  I suggest, if you want to wander through the lava, that you bring a pair of shoes you don’t mind tearing up.  That lava is sharp.  

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

If you’re a railroad buff, this is the trip for you.  If you’re not a railroad buff, this just might be the trip for you.

Voted “The Nation’s Most Scenic Train” by readers of USA Today Magazine, this five-hour journey though pristine wilderness is about as relaxing as it gets.  It’s like you’ve stepped back in time to a bygone era.  And isn’t that just the sort of thing we’re after?

It’s “All Aboard” pretty early in the morning, so we’ll take our sweet time the day before getting up to Chama and checking into a hotel for the night. 

With any luck, we might arrange a lovely lodge in the woods, which would be well worth the trip all by itself.

BS: A one-day version is also in the works for those not adverse to getting up early in the AM and back late in the PM. 

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

On day one we’ll have a leisurely drive down to Carlsbad, perhaps stopping at a fun place of interest on the way.  That evening we’ll check into a Carlsbad hotel and head on over to the cave entrance to watch the emergence of millions of bats.  This is really a sight to see, and completely safe.

On day two we’ll explore the caverns at length, vanquish the bogeymen and hightail it for home.

NOTE: We originally planned to stop off at White Sands National Park on our way back, but I’m told it’s not doable with a large group of people.  If the group(s) end up being small enough, we might add White Sands to the trip.

Chaco Canyon Tour

If you’ve ever seen the documentary “The Mysteries of Chaco Canyon,” hosted by Robert Redford, then you have some idea of the incredible mysteries surrounding this site of ancient massive ceremonial buildings — the purpose of which is not really known.

Our one-day informative tour (presented by Herritage Inspirations) will give you a chance to wander among the ruins, pondering the question of who built them and where the heck they went.  Or if ponderin’ just ain’t your thing (You’re on vacation, right?), you can just have fun climbing around, spotting petroglyphs, and enjoying the vast desert scenery.

I heard they even give ya lunch! 


White Sands National Park / New Mexico Museum of Space History

NOTE: This is a one-day long trip.

At white Sands you can explore the endless gypsum dunes, toboggan down a few, and take all the pictures you want.  We’ll try to get there later in the afternoon when the light is ripe for photography.

Be sure to bring your Kodak and plenty of film.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History speaks for itself.