Travel Blogs from Raton
October 1st – day 150
Well, I was looking forward to a good
sleep after two nights in a row with trains all night but it didn't
happen. Early to sleep (for me, it was 9pm) and awake from 3.30am so
I can tell you that two trains went through between 3.30-6am and they
were both very loud. This part of the country runs on rails I guess.
Plus someone arrived at 4.45am and set up near us and ...
... going? One place was Claude, and I got a good picture there, though it really doesn't give you a good idea of how big these things are.
We stopped for dinner at a little hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant a couple of hours south of Raton. The food was good but the salsa was hot, so if you're ever in Dalhart, Texas,
dip the chips with care!
The last hour and a half or so of the drive was spectacular. We were ...
... on his site. So once again we had to head back to Texas, this time we chose a KOA campsite in Denison. We never made it back to Fort Sill, because after being rejected twice Jayne refused to set foot in Oklahoma again!
Instead we headed west to Amarillo, where we found a nice site in the dustbowl. The wind was still howling, there was not a blade of green grass around. Speaking with the locals we learned that it ...
... small and was staffed by just one person. They had a room to show movies but they don't have a movie about the national monument yet and they were showing a movie about art in Taos. I got some maps and headed out.
I didn't have time to do much hiking so I decided to take some of the scenic drives in the park. I first headed north on Highway 570 through the Rio Grande Valley. At the ...
... with the barter: apparently the Indian women were often present during the bartering, and if they felt the men were not making a good deal, they would poke their husbands with a sharp stick. The guide gave us an imaginative picture of the men wanting guns and bullets and tobacco while the women wanted cooking pots and blankets. Must have been a lively scene.
A bit about the name of the fort: The fort was originally known as ...