Today we drove up to Ruidoso to get together with friends, James and Laura. We will be leaving here Tuesday, and this may be our last chance to get together, since we're moving further and further away.
Ruidoso was half way between us, so we met at Mountain of the gods casino (Mescalaro I.R.) for brunch, visiting and games.
When we left here there was wind but it was warm. We didnt realize we were going to climb to 8800 feet in elevation, and before we knew it it was snowing and 28 degrees!
We all enjoyed the buffet at the Casino's "Gathering of the Nations Buffet".
We enjoyed all sorts of good foods and took our time so we could enjoy it all.
Of course we were at a casino, and had more time to spend together, so it was time to play! We all played some slots and did quite well. On one machine I put in a dollar and won 5000! Ok, so it was a penny machine, but hey... that was $50! The first machine Jeff played was a dime machine and he won $58! Before leaving Jeff put $5 in a quarter machine, and cashed out at $15, so as he visited with James and Laura I took that last ticket to the cashier. Of course I had to walk through mazes of machines to get to the cashier, so I stopped very briefly at a few machines along the way, putting the ticket into them and pulling the handle a few times. By the time I got to the cashier box the $15 ticket had become $30. It was a very fun time and when we left we were up $95... which paid for the brunch for the four of us and our fuel to get there! We left before our friends, and they called later to tell us they came home with an extra $200!
When we left, the sky had cleared but there was a little more snow on the ground and it was still cold there in the mountains.
Saturday, Feb 26
Saturday we attempted the hike up the mountain. Sadly, I have to say "we attempted". We made it 2.5 miles of the 2.9 up the mountain. Jeff could have made it to the cabin, but I was dragging... I just couldnt go any further. But it turned out to be a good move for both of us. Coming down is more difficult on Jeffs knee and foot, so by the time we got down he couldn't move. We felt a little pathetic as we were working our way up the mountian and couples older than us passed us coming down, looking lively and they had hiked to or past the cabin!
|zoomed in on the campground, from part way up mountain|
Friday, Feb 25
Friday we walked along the stream and dry wash. We love to explore, and Jeff can spend hours looking for that unique piece of rock, or fossil or artifact of some sort.
We did find some interesting things...
And Jeff's most exciting discovery, was an undiscovered "Indian Well". They have one on display at the visitor center, so we knew what it was, although I dont know that anyone knows for sure what they used them for. These are deeper than many grinding stones.
|This one was filled with dirt and rocks, but somehow Jeff knew it was something.|
|A proud Mr. Bright for his undiscovered find|
On the agenda for today (Monday) is laundry (its been over 3 weeks), and the Space Museum and IMax theatre. So better get to it!
Hope your day is a good one too!