Sunday, October 9, 2016

Take the long way home.

I spent three weeks, seven months, and two hours at the Datil cabin this fall. There's a weird time-wrinkle there, maybe because I spend days at a time reading odd things (besides this blog) and hearing elk bugle. 






The above pictures were happening simultaneously. A rainbow at the last possible moment of the day.

Not-elk

Also not-elk. I call her Janice.
We headed out to Pie Town, and this time we enjoyed Pie Town Cafe. Now that Pie-O-Neer is serving only pie, it's good to have a real-food option. Open Friday - Monday.

Not much merc at the Merc 'n' Tile.

I allow other people to pun when it's their turn.



Pot of gold - a fresh cup of coffee enjoyed in a mountain cabin. 
Then it was time to face reality, or a New Mexico facsimile, and return to Truth or Consequences to pet-sit. Not a bad sort of reality, if I have to face some. Route 25 at 75 m.p.h. was not the sort of reality I was in the mood for, so I took the "shortcut" down Route 1 from Socorro. As my dad used to say, "I don't mind a shortcut, if it doesn't take too much longer."


Bridge over Nogal Canyon, as seen from Nogal Canyon. 


This is not a Datil tarantula

The morning I left the cabin I saw the season's first tarantula, looking for love in whatever places it wants. Mountain tarantulas are a lot smaller than the Lowlanders. Tarantulas are several years old before they make the autumn Journey of Courtship. If you see him out and about, give him a break; he's waited a long time for the chance to get lucky.


A different perspective: Elephant Butte Lake from the east side.












































Soon I'll be headed north to Taos for frolicking fun: four fuzzy feline friends (and their two devoted servants). A quick break, and then we're headed for a brand-new adventure that I'll try to enhance, embroider, and embellish for your reading "pleasure."




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13 comments:

Tuesday said...

Love the pictures!
Especially the one that looks like liquid gold! :)

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Have fun in TorC. I'm hoping to get there around the end of October.

Unknown said...

I've never seen Elephant Butte look so interesting and mysterious, nice!

Good Luck Duck said...

Unknown, I agree. It was a refreshing change of perspective on the lake for me, too.

Cyndi, are you going to stay around a while? By the end of October, I'll be headed toward __________.

Thanks, Tuesday! That was a remarkable sunset.

Kimbopolo said...

I wanna do Pie Town! Where's that to-do list?

Anonymous said...

Great shots of the Butte. Never been on the east side unless we were in the boat on the east shore, or the time we crossed over the dam years ago. Very pretty. We are -- yippee!!! -- on our way to Datil as we speak; hoping to get in by the end of the week. We were a bit delayed, & I'm bummed that we'll probably be too late to hear much bugling...

Renee (Datil/North Ranch)

Good Luck Duck said...

Renee, there was still some going on just a few days ago - you may get as lucky as the elk.

Kim, you too can be a pie-rate.

Peter + Beatrix said...

Well, you finally re-emerged from your hiding place. Your pictures of Elephant Butte Lake look "moon-like. Guess it's because of the dark skies.

Jodee Gravel said...

Love the magical skies of New Mexico. It's good to have a generous pun protocol. A most lovely Tarantula, I'm confident love is just around the corner.

Sherry said...

Oh there you are, hanging out with tarantulas and elk. I should have known. Y'all pick some might beautiful places to hang.

Sherry said...

Oh there you are, hanging out with tarantulas and elk. I should have known. Y'all pick some might beautiful places to hang.

Contessa said...

Just lovely except for that big tarantula.

Bill said...

"I don't mind a shortcut, if it doesn't take too much longer."
That's great :). I'm going to remember that one. I feel that way too.

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