March 10, 2013
I had enough of getting spooked by the aliens in Roswell. I was driving on I-380W/I-70W. The sun went down a little bit around 5:30-6 pm. I spotted the trees on the right side when I was about 3 miles away and I had to pull out my Canon to click a few shots. After I edited it, I didn’t notice the cross far right on the side. I “upped” the brightness mode so you could see it.
I am not religious but I love it how it is there! I knew right then I have to bring my Canon everywhere and click whatever catches your eye and you will never know something is up in your sleeves!
The mountains were captivating to see when I was on the road. The sun was dancing up, down, left and right, always blinding me through the front view. When I was under the shade, shielding from the mountains, I felt like I was blind for a short time. It happened often until the sunset finally went down, in the dark.
I drove through Hondo. It took me to get there about an hour or less from Roswell. I would warn you, drivers, there are too many cops waiting for us to get ticketed if we speed fast through the city that has about 1,100 residents living there. When I passed through, I think I saw about 7 squad cars parked on the shoulder, on the right side, ticketing the drivers. I didn’t get busted.
Hondo is located about five miles downstream from where the Rio Bonito and Rio Ruidoso rivers join together to form the Rio Hondo. It is also located at the point where US Route 70 and 380 which conjoined route continues eastward. It has had a post office since 1900. The community was founded by Spanish settlers in the 1880s.
I didn’t stop there to take a look because there was nothing to see. I continued on my way to Ruidoso that would take me about 30 minutes to get there.
Finally arriving in Ruidoso, I decided to stop at McDonald’s. I was famished! It was at 7:30 pm this evening. I wolfed down two Hot n Spicy McChicken, small fries and a small drink. McDonald’s had wifi so I stayed a little longer to check my Facebook and Instagram accounts of course! I needed to wind down anyway, sending some pictures and what I did on my trip.
Ruidoso has a population of more than 8000 residents. This city is a rapidly growing resort community due to the region’s alpine scenery, Ruidoso Downs racetrack, and slopes of Ski Apache, the Mescalero Apache Indian-owned ski resort on the 12,000-foot mountain Sierra Blanca. The tribe also operates the Inn of the Mountain Gods resort in the area, which includes a casino, hotel and golf course. Ruidoso has been experiencing explosive growth. Currently, Ruidoso is the 3rd fastest growing city in New Mexico. Major projects including large housing subdivisions, condos, and retail establishments have altered the face of the once “sleepy mountain community.” (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Since it was dark outside, I could see some huge mountains surrounding this city. It was very cold, very colder than Amarillo, Texas that same morning! It was 24 degrees. The highest elevation was 6,920 feet high. I felt thin air when I walked towards my car from McDonald’s. I stopped at Family Dollar to get some wash rags that I forgot to take from home. I showered at Palo Duro Canyon Park with my hands. I was not happy so I knew the next stop I needed some rags to wash my face! I ended up buying some Andres mint candy and Visine eye relief. My eyes were dry and scratchy.
Off about 9:30 pm from the Family Dollar at Tularosa…. to Alamogordo on US-70 W. All it took me to get there about at 10:30 pm. It was 43 degrees, about 20 degrees warmer than Ruidoso. I was looking for a particular area that I wanted to take a picture of a dinosaur that was not there anymore. I was pretty disappointed so I continued my way to Kent Kwik, the trucker’s stop. I went inside to check what was in store. It was squeaky clean and very organized. I liked it. I checked the charges for taking a shower. It would charge me $7. I never took a shower at the trucker’s stop before but I kept hearing there were some fabulous showers that I could imagine that it treats their truckers well. So I will try it in the following morning. I was exhausted that night. I found a spot between two big fat trucks. On my right, the driver looked down to my cute small car, I waved and he chuckled at the sight. I might look like a human ant down there. I didn’t give a damn as long as I was safe between the huge “arms” between me. I zonked out as deep as I could at 11:30 pm. Gone to the dreaming zone….
For the road trip, I spent $2.48 at McDonald’s and $4.60 at Family Dollar. The total was $7.08 from Roswell to Alamogordo.