Capulin erupted around 60,000 years ago and had 4 main lava flows that still define a part of the landscape in this area. There is much more info HERE.
The visitor center and park are very nice. There were only three cars including ours in the packing lot the hour we were up there. I do not think they get a lot of traffic but it was well worth the 5 dollar entrance fee.
We hiked up to the tallest part and setup on a park bench. Lynn really liked being able to sit down on a bench vice the cold hard ground. With the wind chill I would imagine it was in the low 30s up there. It was a challenge to find a spot out of the wind. I thought we did until the wind the wind changed direction so we had to tough it out for the rest of the activation.
|KC0YQF in at the SOTA Jeep getting gear|
|Nice parking area and rest rooms|
|Even nicer trail to follow|
|More of the trail|
|Lynn leads the way|
|KX3 at the bench operating location|
20 Meter SSB
I took over after Lynn was done and hit 12 meter CW just to check the conditions. I was surprised.
12 Meter CW:
Then onto 30 meters for more locals:
WG0AT S2S from Mount Herman
I looked for Dan, NA6MG, but by the time my SOTA Goat spot had came up Dan had moved to 10 meters and I could not hear him. Of course I was thrilled to get France and Finland on 12 meters. From this part of the country that is great DX. The KX3 and 58 foot long wire performed great. I did get the antenna roller stuck in a tree and broke the wire but Lynn was able to retrieve it. I am glad I did not have to leave it there since it had Rooster's picture and Rooster's company name "Goat Berries" is on it and I did not want Rooster to get ticketed for littering in a National Park.
|Rooster approved winder|
|View from the top|
|The bottom looking up|
|Volcano plumbing in case you are interested|
Great stuff, we thought of Martha and Gary (W0ERI and W0MNA) as we marveled at the lighter than air craft.
On the way home we stopped in San Luis Colorado just across the border on the Colorado side. San Luis is the oldest town in Colorado established in the mid 1800's. Also, San Luis has the Station of the Cross Shrine. Read more about it HERE. The church overlooks the town and I have seen it many times but never stopped until today. It is not a SOTA summit but a neat place to check out if you are so inclined.
|The old church|
|Lynn as we went up to the church|
It was good weekend with some Ham Radio and some exploring the area mixed in.
Thank you chasers!