Blackstone Hotsprings Lodging & Baths
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En route through Hatch, New Mexico, we stop at Gilly's Hatch Valley Chile Company. Hatch is the chile capital of the USA with lots of roadside stands, fields of chile being harvested, and chiles lying out in the sun to dry. Many are made up into wreaths, and hangings.
We bought some fresh roasted and peeled, green chiles for cooking and they gave me a sample. Zippy ...
... 8211; basically we were bored. At the Ranger station there was a bulletin board that held warnings about everything – rodents with the Plague, snakes that bite, squirrels that are aggressive, fish with DDT poisoning, and the lake itself is overcome with a blue algae that will kill you too. We rode out to check out the “primitive” camping (which means there is no electricity) and found the entire campground under about 3 feet ...
... was the town gathering place. There were only 6 tables inside, and the menu was 7 different kinds of hamburger, and a vegetarian sandwich. Gordy had the hamburger and said it was the best he ever had. My Veggie sandwich was made with grilled organic zucchini that the cook came out and told me she grew, along with avacado, tomato, lettuce and cheese. Excellent!
Tonight the cows escorted us home again.
... things in town, including a park, named after him. Well, his show didn't last, and business fell off and the town dwindled. The "15 minutes of fame" was not worth the long term effect on the town. It still has the hot springs, but tourism is not what it was before the name change.
We found an RV park 5 miles from the interstate out in the middle of nowhere.
It was quiet like I had never ...
... The small town is dotted with hot spring spa all along the Rio Grande. Once such spa is the Riverbend Hot Springs. Wow!!!! I've attached photos so you can see what I mean. The price is only $10 per hour per person. We had planned on spending an hour in the springs and an hour relaxing but believe it or not ... we never got to it. Next time ... that's a promise we made to ourselves. Enjoy the photos.