The Fearless Bus crew recently watched Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, New Mexico episode. In it he described it as a mix of people including the folks who have been here for centuries, newer European immigrants, people who came for health along what we call the Tuberculosis Trail; and the influx of artists of all kinds.
It is always a great day when you acquire a new favorite word! Often during our bus rides I have opportunity to just sit and think.
So after James and Jonathon spent an entire evening helping us out, we ended up staying over at the Days Inn the night before the election. Side note - it was a great Days Inn, super breakfast, didn't charge us for the dog, king size bed, first floor. Really great.
Today I say farewell to Truth or Consequences and start the trip to Crazy Cook. We've been here about 6 months which I've put almost training 500 miles along the Rio Grande. Along the way I've taken photos of some of the sights and put a few together in this video, please enjoy.
Well, I gotta tell you, it's hard to argue with spending the summer in southern Colorado! Even though we were far out of range of all of the internet, all of the television, all of the cell phone ranges (well, sometimes a bird would flyover....) we had a fine time. So here we are and Jaco's chillaxin right next to the Rio Grand. This is the lovely Riverside area of the Caballo Dam Campgrounds, part of Caballo Lake State Park. There was a Chilli Challenge going on so we were forced to boondock and it was quite nice!
Because there wasn't enough cooking for Thanksgiving, we decided to take on Pocket Soup, one of those pioneer recipes that sounds like the perfect trail food to try making at home. It's a multi-day process so we decided to do this over the holiday weekend and see what happens. We went with the simplest recipe - beef, water, air. And a crockpot. So here you go, beef Pocket Soup. If you have questions, we've included the video that was our inspiration. As we watch it a few times we get used to the outfit...
Well this week sees us back in one of our very favorite states - New Mexico - and absolutely one of our favorite mountain ranges, the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Taos. Although we can barely breath up here it still feels like a load is lifted when you step out and gasp for that first deep breath of mountain air. Gorgeous.
A running joke at Fearless Radio has always been time zones. The two changes of the clock during the year always put a special twist on the thing, like, you know all of Arizona doesn't have DST. They are ahead of their time (so to speak).
The Fearless Bus has had the good fortune to stumble upon some real gems for hikers and campers alike this spring. While Jaco and I await Papa Crunch to get from Mt. Taylor to Cuba, NM, we are staying at a hiker camp/hostel called Rebels Roost. It's right along the highway after you pass through the town of Cuba. Now, you wouldn't know what it was unless you were privy to some hiker intel. We had never heard of Rebels Roost until we ran into another hiker at Toaster House (Pie Town). We looked it up and found a facebook thread that the owner had posted in one of the CDT hiking groups.
Coming back to one of the coolest state parks in New Mexico, Elephant Butte State Park, I found myself looking forward to getting reacquainted with the quail and that terrific view of the beautiful night sky.
I have to admit that the thought of encounters with the US Border Patrol used to terrify me. I was driving an antique bus, Patrick wasn't wearing a seatbelt, we had a mad pug that might start barking uncontrollably at the crossing guards.
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