Sunday, September 24, 2017 – When we decided to go see the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa near Route 66 we really didn’t know what to expect. It was very awesome, but I can’t even say I understand it at all, so I’ve included info from their website and a couple of their graphics/pictures along with the photos I took when we were there.
Blue Hole appears in the midst of the desert like a great blue gem. Once known as Blue Lake, it is one of seven sister lakes connected underground by a vast system of water. This wonder defines Santa Rosa even as it seems to defy the surrounding red mesas. Born of a geological phenomenon called the Santa Rosa sink, the place is magic—as water always is in a land of little rain. Nomadic tribes, cowboys driving their dogies cross the Pecos, and Americans going west on the Mother Road, Route 66, all sought respite here.
In 1932 Blue Hole became a National fish hatchery, morphed into the Blue Hole Recreation Area in the seventies, and more recently expanded to become the Blue Hole Dive and Conference Center. Not just for drivers wanting to get out of the fast lane or divers eager to get on down, it’s more than just a watering hole. Now it’s a destination meeting site for everyone from brides to board chairs. Halfway between Albuquerque and Amarillo, it’s within two hours’ drive of 80 percent of all New Mexicans.
Still, we never forget that the real sapphire is the incredible beauty of the Blue Hole itself. The lake is unsurpassed for its clear, pure water. That’s why we work so hard to protect it, ensuring, for example, that that surface runoff won’t impair its purity. Like scuba divers who drive ten hours to get here, we know it’s the crystalline water that draws them in. Visibility is an astonishing 100’, due to the fact that the water completely renews itself every six hours—it’s truly never the same lake twice. What doesn’t change is the temperature—a constant 62 degrees.
Roy wanted to see how cold the water was and he said very
This video shows the whole thing better than the pictures on.
That the first stop of a very busy Sunday on Route 66. Next we went to the Route 66 Auto Museum also in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Wow, wow and wow! I’ll share that next!
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