"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The sun sets on another one


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After five weeks on the road, it was time to return home to the heat and humidity.  Also home to fresh tomatoes, sweet corn, squash, snap beans and other assorted home grown produce.

From New Mexico, we made a couple of stops in Texas, and one in Louisiana. 

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We visited with more friends in the Belton, TX area, and had a final night in Natchez with the kids.  We’ll be home for a time getting doctors and dentists satisfied, then have plans to escape the heat once again in August.  We’ll see how those plans work out.

Till then we’ll be cooling our heels in the air conditioning, and eating really well…jc

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Pie Town


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About forty miles into New Mexico from the Arizona border on Hwy 60 you will enter Pie Town.  A wide place in the road that you could miss on a dark night; it is known throughout the modern World as the location of pie(s).

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Pie Town is without many of todays modern conveniences such as cell phone service.  When was the last time you saw a working one of these?

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What it does have is pies of many variations.  Pecan/oat, apple/red chili, and many other flavors.  All warm from the oven, as the kitchen was visable and they were working hard to keep up with the demand.  One of the owners was constantly calling back telling them what kind to start next.

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We tried both of those mentioned and they were fine.  Not cheap, but a piece of pie and a cup of good coffee really helped the boring miles go by.

Just another one of life’s little surprises…..jc

Friday, June 17, 2016

A Ride Across New Mexico


As we traveled Hwy’s 60 and 380 across New Mexico we came across many interesting places.  One of the first was this sign alongside the highway.  The actual site is located within White Sands Missle Range.

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Next was the Very Large Array.  The VLA is a radio astronomy observatory consisting of 27 huge radio telescopes.  It’s located right along highway 60.

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It’s used by astronomers to study deep space and things such as black holes and young stars.

After a night in Carrizozo, NM at Valley of Fire BLM campground, we continued our journey.  It wasn’t long till we arrived in Capitan, the home of Smokey Bear.

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And then there’s Lincoln Historic Site.  An entire town practically frozen in time.  Made famous by the Lincoln County war and characters such as Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett.  I could have spent hours there, but only walked the streets and took a few pictures.

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Still in use.

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Check out the thickness of those doors. Peeking through the windows showed shelves full of things just like they were in 1870.

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Interior of another old store.  Walls over a foot thick.

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We weren’t looking for any of these places.  Just stumbled upon them.  That’s what makes them special….jc