Sometimes you don't have to venture far off the road to explore something really, really cool. Between balloon events we decided to take a drive into the Jemez Mountains and along the way we pulled over to see (and smell) Soda Dam just outside of Jemez Hot Springs. Soda Dam is a buildup of minerals that have over the years created a natural dam to the springs running nearby. The rock here is considered to be the oldest in the Jemez area.
Why did we love it? Because there are some fun nooks and crannies to crawl around in. We found a cove so hot and humid we could barely stand it. We climbed to the top and found some unique views down below. And in each of our explorations we found people following quickly behind to see what we could see. The kids felt like they were discovering new ground and showing people what more there was to see (and I chuckled a tiny little bit to see one mother following her 8 yr old over craggy rocks in her 3" tall fashion boots). Check out our stories and highlights for more from Soda Dam.