For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

May 27, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 46

Another beautiful day! Nancy's going to look on the map to see if we can explore something nearby. We watched a movie last night--Downloaded "It's Complicated" from Amazon. Enjoyable movie.

I can't remember if I told you, yesterday, but Nancy got so hungry that she just had to forego the Lean Cuisine and get a good, filling meal at High Country. It was good.

Well, we were trying to decide what to do with our day, today. Nancy decided we'd pack a lunch and walk up to the train station (there's a little picnic area). It was a nice walk. Up to the town, Nancy let me stop and smell everything on the way there. On the way back, though, we got some exercise--no fooling around.

We found this sign on our way-
In case you can't read it, it says, "1881 Log Bunkhouse Oldest
Building on Railroad

1924 Coal Tipple 70 ft. High
Holds 60 Ton, Fast Empty
The Only Wood Tipple Left

1907 Water Tank Holds
50,000 Gal. Unique Style
With Two Waterspounts

The people who volunteer come here every summer and work all summer keeping the railroad up and improving the town.

When we walked back into the campground, a few people came running out and said, "You're coming on Monday, right?" Nancy was kind of taken back and said, "It's mostly couples, isn't it?" They said, "Nah, c'mon and have some fun."

So, when we got back to the trailer, we headed out to get something to bring with us. Nancy's doing what's simple and easy--the old Sour Cream Dip with Potato Chips trick. She thought of doing something more elaborate--but it was a fleeting thought. Then, Susan called and suggested her 7 Bean Dip which is delicious and it was tempting to make, but it's a pain in the neck in the trailer. She may decide over the weekend to go ahead and do it if she has the recipe.

So, all and all, we had a quiet day. It's a little on the warm side, today and it's overcast. They predicted thunderstorms, so we'll see. It was breezy a little while, ago, but it's very still, now. Nancy puts the chairs in the truck at night, but coming through town we saw a couple of rain drops on the windshield so it might be a bood idea to get them in early.

It seems like a long time ago since we were sitting on the Mississippi, ducking tornadoes in Arkansas, or watching the wind pick two wheels of the trailer up in Amarillo. This has been a quiet, restful stay.

One thing I've been meaning to mention is the hundreds of humming birds that are here. Today, it looked like one was going to land on Nancy's ear, instead he hovered looking into her ear. The other day we saw two golden orioles. They are the color of marigolds-just beautiful. Nancy googled hummingbirds of New Mexico, and it seems this state has more species than most. What amazes us is that they are so unafraid to come so close.


  1. Hi! It's been a few days since I've been on your blog. Absolutely beautiful. You are a true pioneer and I admire your guts but the result is a great adventure with lots of beautiful scenery. Glad you two are having a great trip. Keep those photos coming. By the way, I love onion dip with chips. I don't care that it's easy.

  2. Nancy says, "Bless You Barbara". Easy is her middle name, though she's thinking about bringing a potato casserole made in the crock pot. It depends upon whether the small super market has the ingredients. Hope all is well with you and the kids.


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