I grew up in New Mexico; lived almost half my life there, yet as I'm realizing now, there's so much of the state I never had the chance to see. Well, maybe I had the chance, I just didn't take it. So, on a road trip back to Los Angeles from Albuquerque, I decided to change that, if even a little bit, by taking the scenic route.

We got off I-40 just east of Grants and took Highway 53, also known as the Ancient Arts trail past El Morro National Monument and through the Zuni reservation and Pueblo into Arizona and met I-40 again.

This butte as far as I can find, is called Dowa Yallone, on the west side of the town of Zuni. The summer monsoon season is one of the things I miss most about New Mexico. The clouds build up most every afternoon from the latter part of July through August, and you'll experience anything from a great lightning and thunder show, to a small shower, a cloudburst, or even a flash flood.

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