Listening to the other half!
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( formulated only recently) and travel the 100 or so miles west to Socorro, or, because of the impending snow should we abandon that and travel further south to Las Cruses or Sliver City? Decisions, decisions.
We chose to stick with the first option, see what it was like when we arrived and decide then. As we travelled westwards and Bree began to climb gallantly into the hills once more, it seemed they had been dusted with icing sugar. It wasn't snow, but a very heavy frost and the heavy sky ahead seemed full of menace, we both felt a little uneasy
As we made it round the last bend, the valley before us opened up gone was the frost, the windy road and the grim weather.
We came to learn that unlike many we have visited, this town has much going for it. It is close to the site of Civil war Battlefields (Valverde ) bringing in 100's of re enactment enthusiasts, it hosts a large balloon festival, it is very close to a famous bird refuge ( the reason we came, but more of that later) . At Magdalene, a few miles away, 'old timers' gather to celebrate the villages glory days as a cattle railhead. It is also the nearest town to the Trinity site where the first Atomic bomb was tested, again bringing many visitors to their open days twice a year. The Very Large Array is not far, it also opens twice a year. www.vla.nrao.edu .So all in all a busy little spot. It had also been chosen as the site for a Mining School back in the 1889 - today of course that is long gone, but in its place a uni that specialises in high tech research - hydrology, astrophysics, anti terrorism technology to name but a few. But consider this; the average household income is just $23,000... not a lot is it?
Throughout our travels we have been rather amused at the various claims to fame that we have come across...'the world's largest, the world's tallest' etc. So when we saw a hoarding boasting of the "World famous Green Chilli Burgers" it was too great a temptation. Though I must admit I wasn't quite as keen as Malc!
But, what a gem...firstly take a look at these...would you have been keen?
The entrance doesn't look inviting does it?
However, inside it was a veritable jewel and the chilli burgers were great. Apparently they serve between 5-600 a day on a busy day and a couple of hundred on a slow one!
Sometimes you have to look behind the fašade. And sometimes I have to listen to my husband...