March 16, 2012
This little desert ground squirrel was cavorting near the motor home just before I hauled my backpack out to the Bronco. It was leaving day for me, but Jim has friends in Deming I wanted to visit before I caught my train.
At the Hi Lo Ranch we spent a short fifteen minutes with Jim’s long time friend Bob Gambol, who took his motor home to the Panama Canal and back with Jim and Bud Kuball in 2004. Bob was just out of the hospital so we didn’t stay long. Bob has traveled the world over with nothing but a back-pack, an interesting story I’ll blog another day.
Jim agreed to supply lifetime pizza to a woman who edited his book on that 2004 trip to Central America and the Panama canal. (She prefers not to be named or pictured in our blog.) Her little dog Pixie didn’t mind having her picture taken.
She took us to the Senior Center to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with two of her closest friends, Mary Berg and Pat McKay. Pat is a person Jim and I specifically wanted to meet-more on that tomorrow.
Since we both love museums, we went to the Luna County Museum. We arrived late in the afternoon and the museum is huge. The collections and variety are among the best we’ve seen. From many beautiful china cabinets, how do you pick one item? I like unusual the tea pots.
An excellent gallery of beautiful paintings.
An excellent collection of home-made lace.
A hand cranked bell wheel caught my interest, but even more their extensive bell collection.
Three cases of bells, I estimated to hold 1000 bells in each case, with bells from all over the world.
One of three beautifully designed church pews. I couldn’t take it all in. I expect to return to this museum some day. And, I will post more pictures I took as well.
From the museum we headed for the local Moose Club which just happens to be near the Amtrak kiosk. I changed into my traveling clothes and we had a beer in the bar. And, doncha know, we ran into two women full-time RVers Jeannie and Leah both from the LOW’s, a Singles RV Club, Loners On Wheels. Jim had met them in the past at various functions shared with his singles club, the WINS. They thoroughly enjoy the lifestyle on the road and handle their own rigs. Single women on the road amaze me.
Jodie, (missed her last name) came whisking through the bar and gave everybody a kiss both males and females. She is a happy distant cousin of Jodie Foster and looks a bit like her as well. Jim delcared, “Wow, this is the friendliest club I’ve been to.” Truth to tell, we find many, many friendly people on the road with wonderful stories to tell.