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Sunday, November 25, 2007

12" of snow this morning in Roswell, and a few inches in Ruidoso too, how lucky is that? - Well it's not really luck, we have become avid weather watchers, the forecast are very frequent and usually accurate and at times like this it pays off. When we left Ruidoso yesterday we had hesitated whether to follow our plan
 ( formulated only recently) and travel the 100 or so miles west to Socorro, or, because of the impending snow should we abandon that and travel further south to Las Cruses or Sliver City? Decisions, decisions.
We chose to stick with the first option, see what it was like when we arrived and decide then. As we travelled westwards and Bree began to climb gallantly into the hills once more, it seemed they had been dusted with icing sugar. It wasn't snow, but a very heavy frost and the heavy sky ahead seemed full of menace, we both felt a little uneasy
But driving through the 'enchanted forest' we found at the summit was wonderful, the 'sugar' so heavy that the trees had taken on a completely different character, their pristine icy coating accentuating every twig giving them an almost brittle appearance. It was as if we had stepped out through the wardrobe! Mr.Tumnus was expected at any moment!
 
As we made it round the last bend, the valley before us opened up gone was the frost, the windy road and the grim weather.  Within the valley we drove past scattered houses, fairly typical of many we have seen here in NM. Cluttered and remote, you have to wonder what people do. 
Socorro, is a town with a long history, the area was inhabited two centuries before Columbus sailed. From the early Pueblo Indians and the Spanish, who came along the El Camino Real to the boom and bust days of the mining period. Like many we have seen the town plaza had its share of historic buildings, much is being done to renovate and rejuvenate.

 We came to learn that unlike many we have visited, this town has much going for it. It is close to the site of Civil war Battlefields (Valverde ) bringing in 100's of re enactment enthusiasts, it hosts a large balloon festival, it is very close to a famous bird refuge ( the reason we came, but more of that later) . At Magdalene, a few miles away, 'old timers' gather to celebrate the villages glory days as a cattle railhead. It is also the nearest town to the Trinity site where the first Atomic bomb was tested, again bringing many visitors to their open days twice a year. The Very Large Array is not far, it also opens twice a year.  www.vla.nrao.edu .So all in all a busy little spot. It had also been chosen as the site for a Mining School back in the 1889 - today of course that is long gone, but in its place a uni that specialises in high tech research - hydrology, astrophysics, anti terrorism technology to name but a few. But consider this; the average household income is just $23,000... not a lot is it?
Throughout our travels we have been rather amused at the various claims to fame that we have come across...'the world's largest, the world's tallest' etc. So when we saw a hoarding boasting of the "World famous Green Chilli Burgers" it was too great a temptation. Though I must admit I wasn't quite as keen as Malc!
But, what a gem...firstly take a look at these...would you have been keen?



The entrance doesn't look inviting does it?
 
 
However, inside it was a veritable jewel and the chilli burgers were great. Apparently they serve between 5-600 a day on a busy day and a couple of hundred on a slow one!
 


 
Sometimes you have to look behind the fašade. And sometimes I have to listen to my husband...
 
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