"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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Egg’s Been Rolling,

 

but the writer has about lost his Mojo.  I find it hard to make myself take, edit, and file pictures for the blog, anymore.  We left home almost two weeks ago, heading for Cloudcroft, New Mexico.  The first three days were made up of just driving.  We stopped at Tyler State Park, Lake Colorado City State Park, and Brantley Lake State Park on the way.  It was above 100* at each of those stops, so we didn’t do anything but park the trailer, turn on the air conditioner, and wait for it to cool down inside.

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What a blessing it was to arrive at Silver campground, just a mile or two from the village of Cloudcroft.  The highest it got the eight days we were there was the middle 70’s.  Lows in the nights ranged from the high forties to low fifties.

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We spent those eight days visiting with friend from Texas.  They were all like us, escaping the Summer heat at home.  We sat around enjoying each others company,

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as well as making a few day trips.

One of those was to Hatch, NM.  The green chili capitol of the Country.  Sparky’s has the reputation of having the best green chili cheese burger there is.

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Quite a place.

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Waiting on our food.  When it arrived, it looked so good I forgot to get a picture.

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They have lots of characters you don’t see anymore.

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Another day it was BBQ, in Cloudcroft.  Some of the best food I’ve ever tasted.  That’s brisket and a beef rib.  The rib weighed over a pound.  Yea, I ate the whole thing, but wanted nothing for supper.

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Another day found us at the beach of New Mexico.

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It’s definitely white, and plentiful.

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Picnic areas.

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A fascinating landscape, for sure.

Monday afternoon, the 15th. finds us at Heron Lake State Park.  A few miles South of Chama, New Mexico.  How long we’ll stay here is anyone’s guess.  It’s cool, has water and electric, and costs $14.00 a night. 

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It’s hard to beat that…..jc

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