North to the Town of Red River NM -- After a few hours walking along the rims, we went back to Questa and then headed east on NM HWY 38 to Red River for lunch before continuing our adventure through the mountains above the town.
We drove past a gate that captured our fancy -- mostly because of a 1975 grade-B movie we loved in college made in Montana called Rancho Deluxe written by Tom McGuane and starring Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston, (a cattle rustler in a pre-Law and Order role) and Elizabeth Ashley -- sound track featuring "Livingston Saturday Night" by Jimmy Buffet. Locals say it was the beginning of the end of Livingston as a small quaint Montana railroad town and the selling off of nearby Paradise Valley to Hollywood types.
The movie tag line: Oh, give me a home, with a low interest loan. A cowgirl and two pickup trucks. A color TV, all the beer should be free. And that, man, is Rancho Deluxe.
Before we hit NM HWY 522 in Questa again, we came across an amazing old church, Iglesia de San Antonio, that was in danger of collapse, but was still quite lovely from the front in the fading light.