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Jun 10, 2015 - Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway

This is our last day in southern New Mexico. We head for Santa Fe tomorrow for a couple of nights before going north to Colorado on Saturday. Today is absolutely perfect - temperature about 80, low humidity, puffy white clouds floating against a light blue sky with mountains in the background at every turn. We enjoyed just being outside and exploring small tourist attractions on the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway. Billy the Kid was from Lincoln, NM, which is on the Byway, and is a ghost town now. Our first stop was a peaceful one. We were at...

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Jun 9, 2015 - A Fun Day

The day started out very cloudy but then the sun came out which made everything in our mountain town of Ruidoso look really good. Before we left Alamogordo to drive one hour to Ruidoso, we went across the highway from our campground to a Pistachio Tree Ranch. We had stopped into this place in 2009. It has grown a lot since then. They offer free samples to tempt you which included pistachios flavored with everything from green and red chilis to garlic, ranch and a dozen more. They had pistacio brittle to sample too. As usual we opted for the...

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Aug 4, 2013 - Had to Get to Hatch

We got a late start out of Lordsburg this morning because I got up late. We headed east on I10 toward Deming. When we passed through this area in 2011, I got snowed in at 81 Palms Senior RV Park for a half-day in Deming when they closed I10 and all the other roads in the area. I was headed to Hatch, NM, the Chili Capital of the World, to get what was reported as the best green chili cheese burger in the state at Sparky’s. After traveling Route 26 which was icy and snow covered most of the way, I found that Sparky’s was closed on Mondays....

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Mar 20, 2011 - Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

Hill Country. This was just a little hop, skip and a jump from Artesia. Again, the secondary roads are decent traveling, and the scenery is much nicer than a freeway. As you can see from the pictures, there still wasn’t much out there until I started climbing into the hills. There was a fairly steady gradual climb starting a few miles west of Roswell. About ½ hour before reaching Ruidoso, I passed a 6,000 foot elevation marker. This also means the temperatures have dropped a bit from the past few days, although it’s still comfortable....

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Oct 6, 2010 - Ruidoso Downs - Day 1

Our big event this year is the 21st Annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium and and included in this event is the World Championship Chuckwagon Competition and that's why we are here in Ruidoso Downs. We will also explore the history of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln Country Wars. We were both surprised when we found ourselves pulling some 7% grades into Ruidoso this afternoon. We thought we would be out in the high desert and not in the trees. Oh, we avoided the I40/I25 mess in Albuquerque by taking a shortcut using NM-6 which is a good road...

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2010 Explorations

Apr 23, 2009 - Ruidoso Downs, NM

On our second day in Alamogordo, NM we took a side trip to 1) Billy The Kid Visitor Center in Ruidoso Downs, NM; and right next door we visited 2) Hubbard Museum of the American West and near the end of the day we visited 3) Lincoln, NM. By the time we got to Lincoln, we just barely had time to get through the visitor center before things started closing. Lincoln looked interesting, so we decided to return the next day to see more.

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NM AZ - Spring 2009

Oct 28, 2008 - The Hubbard Museum of the American West

The Hubbard Museum of the American West is one of the most respected museums in the state, housing an extensive permanent collection and ever-changing schedule of shows and activities. The Hubbard Museum houses the Museum of the Horse and the Anne C. Stradling Collection and is affiliated with the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Featuring a magnificent collection of carriages, wagons, saddles, fine art and Indian artifacts. The role of the horse in the American West is highlighted in great detail. We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. The...

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