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Sorry I have been so slack at updating this blog. We have been so busy and internet has been non-existent or very slow. We have been staying in a lot of National Forests or State Parks. We don't find a lot of the RV parks very nice so far. Tonight's is an exception.
I will try and catch you up with what has ...
It didn't take much arm twisting to send us to Chama, a small town of less than 1,000 residents. After all, my brother-in-law, Joe Vigil, had touted the virtues of his hometown for years. And his family was waiting for us with open arms and warm hospitality.
Chama has been home to four generations of Vigils. Snuggled on the state line, it's closer to Colorado than it is to Tierra Amarilla, the county seat.
Before reaching Chama, ...
... breeding female cow), hoping to win a prize. This was very eye-opening for Alex and me. We learned that some families will spend hundreds of dollars on a perfect specimen baby cow for their young children (as young as 8 or 10 years old). Then they may raise the cow in a refrigerated barn to keep its fur fluffy. This is apparently a desirable trait even though it makes no difference at slaughter. The same goes for color: most judges prefer a black or deep red color. On ...
... maybe even over a billion – they were possibly the most abundant mammal in North America.
Prairie dogs are very susceptible to bubonic plague and many wild colonies have been wiped out by it. The largest recorded prairie dog' town' covered some 25,000 square miles (65,000 square kilometers). That Texas town was home to perhaps four hundred million prairie dogs. Had a great ride south but cold coming home with solid rain for the last 20 miles. A great weekend....
Today was the day to check out the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway – the longest train ride in our program. After I dropped Scott off in Chama, New Mexico to board the train, I followed its progress for about an hour, stopping to take pictures as it chugged its way nostalgically through placid green landscapes, then leap-frogging ahead in the car to find the next likely vantage point.