Friday, September 27, 2013
I have never understood why men who strived for and achieve living in civilized housing additions then go out an buy tents or sheds on wheels so that on the weekend they could race off to live in places that are like Hooverville Huts of the last century. Why does sleeping on plywood, walking two blocks for a bathroom, and showering with people you might not want for neighbors sounds like good livin'?
In our case it is because there are trout streams right out the back door at the campgrounds. Once we came in off the New Mexico road, DH was raring to work in fishing as soon as possible. I was tired, too tired. But we washed up and unpacked, then turned around and packed up again. I will admit the weather was beautiful, the air cool. Normally I would write or read, but this time I was a little brain dead. I don't know where four days went.
While at the state park, we made the drive over to Arkansas for a nice lunch one day. Eureka Springs is a touristy town, lots of shops and eateries. We ate at an outdoor patio and enjoyed the fall weather. Then we visited a few shops, but both were tired and shopping wasn't too interesting. Except for a store called The Back Porch. This shop has moved four times in eighteen years. I have to hunt her sometimes. The shop is small but arranged nicely, not overloaded with stuff. The owner tastefully displays rabbits and birds, all sorts of garden things. This time I was nailed by a tea pot in a matter of seconds. I did not need one at all, but this white one called my name when I walked in.
I really like a certain feel of a pot's heft; I want only a certain handle, and I am choosy about the spout. But this teapot had no spout! Its spout looks more like a creamer lip. My mistake was picking it up and feeling how beautiful it felt in my hand. The owner said it was the last one she had from summer and no box, just the pot. I brought it home. I am anxious to have just the right day and time to test this new white teapot!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Tunnel from Dalton house to barn.
Autumn shaded pottery bought at Earl's, Gallup
Friday, September 20, 2013
Great bat wing doors but bet these weren't hanging in the 1800s!
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Just before coming into Taos we began to see Cattle Crossing signs with space ships on them. Weird. We were to learn that there had been a lot of cattle mutilations in the area and some group had decided travelers should be warned they were entering a possible alien visited area!
We also saw a new housing development of earth homes. Some looked like alien ships themselves. They were sustainable housing using recycled and reclaimed goods with their own sewage system etc. Very interesting looking homes.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Gallup is in in heart of Navajo Nation territory. The land is dry, rocky, dusty, and sad looking, although the rocks and vistas and mesas have a beauty of their own. Lots of movies made in and around this area. One motel was home to John Wayne and others while they made movies in this Route 66 town. We wew warned when we checked in that the Navajo Fair would start on the weekend at Window Rock and the area would be a boiling pit of people.
After a visit to the old train station known for its Harvey Girls and Harvey House Restaurants during the old days, we pushed on towards Canyon de Chelly. We stopped at Hubbell’s Trading on the way. Very interesting place that is now a National Historic Site and still operates as a trading post. They were willing to trade of my money for some of their turquoise!
Navajo Hogan, very cool inside even on 92 degree day
Monday, September 16, 2013
St. Joseph in Laguna Pueblo
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Museum in Springer
View halfway up the mountain to see lakes, looking for prongs