Just in case anyone out there has sent us something via snail mail, I must tell you that the U.S. Postal Service has not been very efficient in handling our mail.  We have been home since Sept. 3 and have yet to receive any important mail.  Junk mail seems to arrive no matter what.  In spite of one email to the USPS and two phone calls to the local P.O., I continue to miss important correspondence.  For example, we have been mailed new credit cards, not once, but twice, and have never received them.  I suppose our stuff is out there in limbo somewhere, but if we ever go on a long trip again, I’ll make other arrangement for my mail. Color me frustrated.

A week ago we went to the Kerrville Humane Society and found our new little girl.  Her name is Bailey (middle name not yet finalized) and she is part Lab and part Australian shepherd.002

As you can see, she has a very noble profile!003

The Australian shepherd part must account for the unusual markings on her front legs and chest.007

She’s one and half years old, but still has plenty of puppy in her!  You can see the mischief in those eyes!!004

So far, she has only chewed on toys.  Let’s hope it stays that way.014

Yesterday afternoon we took her to the Guadalupe River to see if she likes the water as well as Ebony did.  I have heard that Australian shepherds do NOT like water, so we’ll see whether the Lab or the A.S. goes into the water.  This is a low water crossing very close to our house.009

This spot on the river, near Waltonia Lodge, is very shallow.007

Jerry took her out very slowly at first.  I don’t think she had ever been in the water before.011

“This stuff might not be so bad after all!”008

“Apparently this stuff is good to drink, too!”013

“I think I felt something down there!”

 

 

Well, stay tuned for the further adventures of Bailey, the Wonder Dog!

 

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After we toured the Painted Desert, we went through the Petrified Forest.  Actually, they are both part of the same park.029

One of the first things we saw was this Clark’s spiny lizard, which seems to be growing a new tail.040

We walked around these ruins on the Puerco River, which translates to “Pork River” or “Pig River”.045

This is a diagram of the village.046

Some of the petroglyphs found near the village.047049

This must have been some big bird!050

We also saw the rock pictured above, the summer solstice marker.052

This diagram shows how the marker worked.  The sun shone down the crack in the large rock right onto a line marked into the lower rock on the right.051

Just above the petroglyph that looks like a circle with the letter “C” in it is the vertical line that is the solstice marker.053

Village ruins showing some of the rooms.056

As I understand it, the kiva was a sort of sacred room that at one time had a wooden roof.  If anyone can enlighten me further, please do, and I’ll publish it.  I hate to give incorrect or incomplete information.064

Newspaper Rock was located a few miles from the village.  The rocks are at the bottom of a cliff and are difficult to photograph.  The park provides spotting scopes for easier viewing.065

The sign shows drawings of the designs and how they were preserved.061

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The two photos above are the best we could do with our little camera, but I think they give you the idea of how many drawings and designs were on these rocks.085

A very large chunk of petrified wood.  It can be polished and made into a variety of art objects and furniture.096

By comparing the size of this tree trunk with the steps, you can see that this chunk of petrified wood is huge.097 I can tell that Jerry is contemplating taking this piece of petrified wood home for me.  That might be a bad idea on several levels.098

I can just imagine how gorgeous this would be if it were polished!100

This was an enormous tree at one time.

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As we neared New Mexico, the scenery improved.021

We saw huge patches of these beautiful yellow wildflowers.004

We arrived at the home of Jack and Margaret on Thursday morning.  We were about a week early, but they were so gracious to us!  They have a gorgeous home among the pines.027

During our stay, we went for walks in the woods and along a nearby stream.025What a beautiful scene!024

Another view of the stream.029

A pond located along the stream where Jerry and Jack are solving the world’s problems.030

Rusty, Jack and Margaret’s golden retriever, went for a dip in the pond.026

He’s telling me how refreshing his little swim was.040

Lotto, their shit Tzu, said he’d walk, but not swim.  He didn’t want to mess up that carefully coifed tail.035

As you can see on the right, some homes come right down to the edge of the stream.042

Lotto says, “What?  Another walk?  I don’t think so!”001

To show our gratitude for their hospitality, Jerry started making them some whirligigs.  I think he had made 5 by the time we left.008

Sometime during one of the nights we were there, a bear found himself a meal inside their dumpster. Their neighbor, behind the dumpster, is not too happy about having to pick up trash from his yard.009

Unfortunately, we had to leave beautiful, cool Ruidoso and head back to hot Texas.  We left early on the morning of Sept. 2 and drove to La Mesa, TX, where we are spending the night.  We’ll make it home tomorrow, but we will definitely be retuning to visit our good friends in Ruidoso!!!!!

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Outside the Petrified Forest is this combination shop and museum.017

This is so creative, but I’ll bet it took a long, long time to complete.002

Well, I’ve found MY souvenir, but I don’t think it’ll fit into my purse. This amethyst geode was about 3 feet across.007

These are a little more my size and the owls are adorable!010

Actually, these are more in my price range, but I’m a little skeptical about their authenticity.004

This is a beautiful piece of Diamond Willow.014

These dinosaur bones are impressive.  Do you see the slab of polished petrified wood in the back on the right?013

This would make a Texas-sized omelet!008

We were told that these are the ancient ancestors of squid.023

The end of another exciting day.

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Sunrise on the day we left for Arizona009

The state line with typical landscape in the background.019

Looking forward to seeing this!018

What beautiful color!  And you can see forever!021

Another vista032

Looks like rain in the distance033

Yep, that’s rain.  It made our tour of the park so cool and pleasant!!044 Of course, we were prepared for anything!038

How clever! Front row seating???058

It looks like MORE rain is coming our way!076The top formation looks like the ruins of a castle to me. Notice the petrified log on the formation in the foreground.079

These formations are called the “teepees”.087

Leaving the Painted Desert.

We arrived in New Mexico today and will be in Ruidoso tomorrow.  We plan to visit with friends over the weekend.  We’ll finalize the blog with all remaining pictures we have taken,  especially the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest, when we get home.  Stay tuned…….

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