Elk Hunt at The Timbers at Chama in New Mexico

ART OF LIFE BY BOB ACOSTA & LILLIAN MONTERREY The Timbers at Chama Elk Hunt BOB's GALLERY OF ART LILLIAN & BOB OUR WEDDING at the ELVIS CHAPEL TRIP TO HAWAII TRIP TO ITALY - Rome, Florence & Venice TRIP TO ITALY - Cinque Terre TRIP TO VAIL COLORADO TRIP TO LAKE TAHOE TRIP TO ST LUCIA TRIP TO ST LUCIA #2 Trip to ALASKA Photos of my 67 GT500 #258 FLORIDA ROOF-TECH CORP's GANG HUNTING PICS 1 HUNTING PICS 2

Thanks to Bill Glisson and staff for a memorable trip

It was not just an elk hunt, it was far more with all the activities and side trips available at The Timbers at Chama in the Alpine Chama River Valley of North Central New Mexico.

Great hunt ending in the harvesting of this fine mature bull. The smile on our faces says it all. Clicking on the image will take you to a photo album on photoshop.com

Thanks to Bill and staff of The Timbers at Chama. Bill said he had this elk scouted for me. It was exactly as he said it would take place. I felt honored and treated like one of the family. It was truly a privilege to have hunted with Bill. Click on image to see a video.

The front gate is just an indication of what was inside, a perfectly run high-class operation. Click on image to see video of our room.

Sitting in front of a warm fireplace was one of the big perks of this fabulous lodge.

Click on the image above to see how large an 800lb. bull elk's heart is. Head Chef Dennis Feria made a traditional Elk Heart Soup in honor of my first elk and it was great.

Lillian goofing off on the carved bear behind the lodge. She found a way to have fun all day long.

Head Chef Dennis Feria preparing delicious ribs for dinner. Chef Dennis had a lot of help from the wives on day. To see a video of the event, click on the image.

The Elk mounts are those taken by the Glisson family. I had a chance to hear some of the stories of how some of them were taken. I can't wait to be back there to hear them all. Click on the image for a video of the main room at the lodge.

The Big-Chief, Bill Glisson, a man that keeps his word. Bill went out of his way time and time again to make sure our stay at the Timbers was a pleasurable one. It was! From our many conversations by phone and email, he gathered enough info from us to know what and how we wanted things. It's like a pro baseball outfielder catching a fly ball ball and throwing it to the catcher to get a player out and the ball lands right in the catcher's glove. It's like an instinct. This is Bill, he went smiling along making sure everything was perfect yet underneath there was an artist at work making sure his guests were always taken care of.

One of the many fine dinners with friends.

One of Bill's horses at the lodge

Lillian got to ride "Bob" the horse.

Hey dude, what does the Thumb-Up mean?

Lillian feeding Mule Deer just outside the Ranch. All you had to do was shake a potato chip bag and they would come out of the woods. At one point she had 7 Mule Deer around her. Can you imagine being able to hand-feed bucks like this? How many hunters would like to see a mule deer buck like any one of these? Bob is talking to Lay's Potato Chip people about a new Mule Deer Call based on shaking a Lay's Potato Chip Bag. Clicking on the image will take you to a photo album on photoshop.com

The scenery in the North Central area of New Mexico is breathtaking. It is not desert like as in the South and central part of the state.

Old Church seen between Santa Fe and Chama. Clicking on the image will take you to a photo album on photoshop.com showing many images of the trip between Santa Fe and Chama.

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, on a narrow gauge track takes you on a trip through Northern New Mexico weaving into Colorado at times. The track is narrow so the train can make sharper turns. It is a joint venture run by both states maintaining this historic steam powered engine.

One of Lillian's life long dream was to ride in a train in a scenic place and particularly in style. We were fortunate to get seats in the Parlour Car. It was a blast!

The railroad station at Chama is like going back in time. A lot of history here and a must see while here.

Click, click,clicking away. Lots of photo-ops available and we took advantage of this. I now come out in more of our trip photos because I got Lillian a camera. Now she has become a picture-taking machine, shooting hundreds of images and she does pretty good. Some of the great pictures I post on this site, specially of our latest trips, were taken by her.

Beautifully colorful and artsy Taos is a sight to see. from the Taos Pueblo to the scenic downtown shops.

Bill took us to Spruce Hole just over the Colorado border. We did a 20 mile ride up a mountain to a lookout point. Clicking on the image will take you to a photo album on photoshop.com

This is Pagoza Springs. Worth the 40 minute drive from the lodge. You can go into pools that range from 113 degrees hot to 95 degrees. Great for tired bones. Clicking on the image will take you to a photo album on photoshop.com

Taking it easy.

Chef Dennis made Lillian the best sugar-free chocolate mousse she has ever had. Give her chocolate and wine and she is happy.

I'm 5'7" an the elk's legs are resting on the floor. How high do you think it is?

It's a 5 X 5 eight year Bull Elk and weighed in a 798 lbs. I'm a happy hunter. It also yielded 300lbs of meat. Many enjoyed their first taste of elk meat. Click on the image to see a short video.

Lillian enjoyed being along for the hunt. To hear the elk bugle as it got near was exhilarating. She had to be told to be "Still" right before the shot. Those that know her, know what I mean.

Elk? What Elk? Where's the Elk?

Got the mount back from Eddie Gomez the Taxidermist on June 31, 2011 and hung it up on the wall to admire. Click on image to see video.

Just a little perspective