We made it to Raton, New Mexico. Tomorrow: Taos.
We traveled through land that seemed even flatter and more open than in Oklahoma. There were two reasons for this, I think:
- Much of the land had no fences along the road.
- There didn’t seem to be hedgerows or trees at the other side of the fields. The fields seemed to extend endlessly away from the road.
We stopped to buy diesel, use the facilities and buy something to drink.
An ancient volcano
At a rest stop, we noticed a sign telling us that we could see Sierra Grande, an extinct volcano in back of our left shoulders. It turns out that this mountain is the easternmost point in the United States that reaches an elevation of more than 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level!
There was another sign, but we didn’t see anything related to it:
We stopped at a travel information office in Raton and learned that we’d driven past a second volcano where we could have driven up to the rim and looked in! I sure wish we’d known that, but we were in no mood to drive 60 round-trip to see it at this point. Too bad.
Lunch at the Oasis in Raton
We followed the advice of the woman at the desk of our motel and went to the Oasis to eat. It was very picturesque, friendly and interesting, but the food was so-so, I’m afraid. Glad we ate there anyway.
Raton, the town
Raton is a pretty town, but it is hardly thriving. The coal industry is long gone and nothing has really replaced it.
This theater is on the main street, 2nd Street:
This is the view from the train station, a block East of 2nd Street:
We ate at The Icehouse, a picturesque restaurant filled with glittering Harley Davidsons and skinny waitresses. They had good brisket and even had one IPA on draft.
Before going back to the motel to collapse early, we stood around a long time waiting for the Amtrack train to leave. They had a problem with a plug connecting the engine to the rest of the train. Eventually they fixed it and the train left. It looked like fun.
Drive to Sugarite State Park
We were able to walk to a Demos restaurant for a dinner that was very different from what we consider real food.
After dinner we walked across another parking lot for nice cream. We discovered a place exactly like the Chapel Hill Creamery selling “ice cream” made with gums or something. I just want ice cream, damn it!
I was really disappointed when the Save to Dropbox function just saved a link, not the post itself! That would have been very useful.
It’s also not so great that publishing a photo doesn’t allow me to add any text except in the title. What’s with that? I may have to see if the online version gives me more power. I hate apps that “help” me like that.
Last year the iPad mini version of this app would often fail. I hope this version will work better.The problem comes when there is a bad connection and the post is not uploaded. Last year the app would just lose the post.
We can’t declare it finished yet, but it’s looking pretty good.
David and George are using a collaborative system at penflip.com to do this. It uses markdown, git and other technologies. The actual files are hosted on dropbox.com, as you can see if you follow the link.