Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Life Goes On



Thanks for everyone’s kind words and condolences on the death of my friend. Some things in life are just difficult to wrap your head around, and the sudden death of someone close is certainly one of those things.

We have been staying busy here in Silver City, watching the Tour of the Gila, doing some hiking and visiting with Boonie, who is hanging out in the area. We also had a nice visit with Lynn, whom we met last year while we were here. She just got a new Tiger and it’s looks like a well built small RV with great ground clearance.

Boondocking spot in the Gila National Forest with a copper mine in the backdrop.


Tiger, perfect for one person.


And two dogs. Rain was just a puppy when we met last year. She moves so fast I could barely get a picture.


We got to see some of the time trial in the Tour of the Gila bike race on Friday, and went downtown to watch the criterium races on Saturday.



As the pro men were staging to get started to race, the announcer came on and asked them to take an easy lap around, as there was a security issue. We were all made to leave the area, and we found out later that someone had abandoned a suitcase near the announcers stage.



We hung around for a little while, and aren’t sure how long the race was delayed, but it turned out not to be a serious threat.

Half the fun of going to these bike races is people watching. Jim thought I should get a dress like this. Yes, that really is a dress.


The other day, thanks to Boonie, we made it to the Wagon Wheel ruts at Ft. Bayard, a hike we did last year but lost our way and never did find the ruts. This is how they were made, taken from the BLM website.

“The Wood Haul Wagon Ruts are a result of the tireless passing of supply wagons hauling construction and fuel wood from the high pine forests of the Pinos Altos mountain range to the Fort Bayard Military Reservation. Mule and oxen drawn wagons were used to haul the heavy loads. Over time the hard wagon wheels cut into the volcanic cap rock leaving a testament to the endurance of these early settlers.”

Okay, so how did we miss this last year?


Quite fascinating! You can see how deep they are.




Today we’re planning another hike in a different area. Nature is very good therapy.


  1. Why in heaven's name would someone wear a "dress" like that to a bike race? This world is made up of some very strange people. BTW...you would look good in that "dress" Gayle...hehe

  2. Nature is great therapy. I'm glad it's helping you. What a shock.

    The ruts are amazing. Lots of wagons with heavy loads to cut through like that. Also amazing is the dress. I wonder she had on under it. Guess all one has to do is wait for her to sit down to find out. Interesting people in deed.

  3. I'm sorry for your loss. Enjoy your new experiences. I always feel uplifted when I'm out in nature.

  4. Sorry about your friend...road riding always scares me, especially with all the "devices" that distract drivers. When it hits that close to home, it brings up questions for which there are no good answers.
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