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.
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.
“I think I felt something down there!”
Well, stay tuned for the further adventures of Bailey, the Wonder Dog!
One of the first things we saw was this Clark’s spiny lizard, which seems to be growing a new tail.
We walked around these ruins on the Puerco River, which translates to “Pork River” or “Pig River”.
This is a diagram of the village.
Some of the petroglyphs found near the village.
We also saw the rock pictured above, the summer solstice marker.
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.
A very large chunk of petrified wood. It can be polished and made into a variety of art objects and furniture.
By comparing the size of this tree trunk with the steps, you can see that this chunk of petrified wood is huge. 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.
This was an enormous tree at one time.
As we neared New Mexico, the scenery improved.
During our stay, we went for walks in the woods and along a nearby stream.What a beautiful scene!
A pond located along the stream where Jerry and Jack are solving the world’s problems.
Rusty, Jack and Margaret’s golden retriever, went for a dip in the pond.
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!!!!!
The end of another exciting day.
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…….