Mesa Vista Motel
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... inside New Mexico.
There is a little Museum there called the Herzstein Memorial Museum.
It's named after the Herzstein family who were a Jewish family who
prospered in the area. It was a cute little museum and the staff were
very friendly, happy to see anyone and happy to see people from so
far away. The younger lady, probably early 20's was showing us a
basket of rattles from rattlesnakes and said “You have ...
... t find bear pepper spray. The lady looked at him as if he were mental and said that it wasn't necessary. She was trying not to laugh! That made me feel better and Jonathan worries too much! :-). I did wonder how necessary the anti-bear soap was that he bought! Next he'll be buying bear urine or something to mark our territory; I'm sure you can buy it at Walmart ;-) Bunnies and squirrels here plus giant crows and I here Canadian geese in the distance. Plus a ...
... walk and we had the view nonetheless.
When we were there before, we'd ventured into the town of Raton, but we weren't impressed by what we saw. This time we apparently entered town via a different highway exit, and wound up in the old downtown, which was charming.
The other reason we stayed in this particular campground again (besides the view) was because of its proximity to Trinidad, Colorado. This is a ...
... that overlooked the mountains. After that we headed on and checked out the treasure falls and then onto Chimney Rock where there was some pretty cool ruins however it was closed so we only saw them from afar. A little bit further and we reached Durango. With a chance of rain overnight we weren't too worried about the rest of the trip.
Waking up in the morning checking the forecast it still only said rain so we jumped in the car and started our trek up the ...
... t ask if they pronounce it Doo-mas, Dumb-ass. Along with some necessary bus replenishments, we buy one black, one white and one yellow can of spray paint.
Hopping off the bus, the door is nearly ripped out of hands in the strong and steady wind (remember this point). Armed with our graffiti six shooters brandished in plain sight (leaving your mark on the art is encouraged and part of the allure) we walk out to ...