The town of Raton is an interesting, historic stop--I hope I can return and do it better justice. The Budget Host Inn was one of the best managed, best maintained places I've ever stayed: highly recommended lodging [and believe me, I've stayed in some bad places--so I know good when I see it.]
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How many times do you step into a brand new town and directly into a rockin' party? We lucked out in Raton because the Cinco de Mayo festival was in full swing in the park--courtesy of the Hispanic band Los Diamontes/The Diamonds who provided great dance music. I convinced Mr. B.E. to join me on the tarmack for a few tunes, including "Juanita the Dancing Cubanita" in which we were joined by a Cuban dance couple. We loved the feel of the festival, so relaxed and open to all types. There were ordinary middle-aged folk, kids romping, some urban-grunge youth, some stoned-out music fans: all intermingling without any tensions or problems. We were certainly about the only gringo couple I noticed, but we felt right at home too. Someone even complimented us on our dancing when we closed down The Diamonds, who said they hated to have to stop playing.