SUNDAY, JULY 16
No dust storm today! The temperature was more bearable, too.
This morning PJ cooked breakfast for everyone staying at LoW-Hi RV Ranch, with help from Val. Luckily for them, there aren't very many visitors at this time of year. They prepared sausage, pancakes, waffles, strawberries, blueberries and orange juice. What a feast! PJ asked that, in lieu of helping her with the cost of the food, we just donate something to the tractor fund.
Afterwards PJ and I rode with Val to Silver City, which was founded in 1870. It is consistently rated as one of the best small towns in America. It is situated on the Continental Divide (elevation about 6,000 feet) in the foothills of the Pinos Altos Range, an extension of the Mogollon Mountains. It has a population of 10,545 and is the home of Western New Mexico University.
We attended the 8th Annual Fiesta de la Olla in historic downtown Silver City. The fiesta featured the largest gathering of Mata Ortiz (Mexico) potters in the United States. The works of Juan Quezada, a world-renowned master potter, were discovered by archeologist Spencer McCallum. He brought them to the attention of the archeological community and the broader market. Sr. Quezada has taught his pottery techniques to his relatives and their pottery has become very important to Mata Ortiz' economy. We drooled over the gorgeous pieces but had to pass them by. We also enjoyed the music of the Brandon Perrault Band. They played traditional Mexican music, as well as country/western songs. He did a credible imitation of Johnny Cash.
We got back to Deming in time for our daily happy hour at 4:00. That's when announcements are made and plans for activities discussed. Then I went 'home' to make my Jell-O concoction for our Monday evening potluck dinner. My culinary skills are not exactly world-renowned.