Friday, October 02, 2009

SOMETIMES RAINY DAYS MAKE ME GRUMPY

DSC_3769BLACK CAP CHIC-A-DEE

It's a cold wet drizzly damp day here in southwestern Ontario & I think even the birds are too depressed to fly except I did just see 2 Nuthatches & a Downie Woodpecker.  No doubt some of the birdseed in the feeders is a little on the soggy side.

DSC_3753DSC_3754SQUADRON OF GEESE LIFTING OFF THE POND

Our Hyundai Santa Fe passed it's pre-trip inspection & tune-up with flying colors this morning.  That car has turned  out to be one of the best vehicles we have ever had.  It's a used 2003 & I was a bit leery about it because of Hyundai's poor quality control years ago but after a lot of reading & research on the internet a couple of years ago I decided it was a good buy because  Hyundai had really turned things around & ranked right up there with Toyota in the quality control department.  Our Santa Fe is a good example of that & we are very happy with it. DSC_0027

OUR SURE FOOTED LITTLE SANTA FE MOUNTAIN GOAT  TREKKING THROUGH THE CHIRICAHUA MOUNTAINS IN ARIZONA…..MARCH 09

JERRY & SUZY are heading out in the morning from Benson, Arizona with their big rig on a two week jaunt over into New Mexico to an area Kelly & I had spent some time in during the spring of 08.  I recently blogged about 2 little ghost towns in the area by the names of Chloride & Monticello.  The other rugged little old west town we stopped in there was Hillsboro on the road between Truth or Consequences & Silver City, New Mexico.  It was a rough & ready mining town with a wild west track record.  Our blog for that day is HERE & our photos are HEREDSC_0022

THE ‘BARBER SHOP CAFE’ ABOVE & KELLY CHECKS THE BREAKFAST MENU IN THE ‘STORE CAFE’ ACROSS THE ROAD….BELOW

DSC_0006 And I might as well throw in my two cents worth about the name 'Truth or Consequences' as a name for a town because it has always bugged me!!.  This place once had the proud name of Geronimo Springs until some wizenheimer decided to name it after that silly game show on television years ago.  Can't believe the townspeople went for that except I think the host of the show came to town one day & everybody got caught up in the moment & went all ga ga goo goo & then changed the name of their town.  I think if I had to live there I would be leading the charge to change the name back to Geronimo Springs.  Even the name of their State Park, Elephant Butte, is far better than what they have now.  I hope the host of, 'Deal or No Deal' or 'Your Face or Mine,' or 'Beat the Geeks,' or 'Dating Game,' or Wheel of Fortune,' never comes to Bayfield because if they do......I'm gettin outa town!!!!  Can you tell I do not like television game shows!!!!  And thank heavens I'm married to someone who feels the same way about them as I do.....10-4!!  (It's a rainy day so I think I'm kinda on the grumpy side)

DSC_0001NEW MEXICO’S TOWN OF TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES IS KNOWN FOR TURTLE BACK MOUNTAIN JUST ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE RIVER.  I TOOK THIS PHOTO PRIOR TO A STORM & THE LIGHTING SHOWS THE TURTLE WELL.  FLIPPERS ON LEFT, HUMPBACK SHELL IN THE MIDDLE WITH HEAD DROOPED DOWN THE MOUNTAIN TO THE RIGHTDSC_0023

ALIEN SPACSHIP OVER RIVERBEND HOTSPRINGS IN T or C?? …………………. NOPE, JUST A LAMP  REFLECTION IN THE WINDOW:))

We have a very talented woodworking fellow in our park here who specializes in turning, laminating, & segmenting wooden bowls, vases, cheese trays & pepper mills.  In other words Hank finds himself a fine piece of wood & proceeds to turn it on a lathe to a desired shape & then segments or implants other types of wood with it to form a fine finished product.  Some of his bowls can have over a hundred pieces of wood in them.  For anyone in our area looking for an original handcrafted gift you might want to have a look at Hank's Picasa web album site to see these one of a kind works of art.   Just click on RIVER ROAD WOODCRAFTS & for the best product view just press 'Slideshow' when you get there.

DSC_0007 GROANER’S CORNER:((  If you think there is good in everybody, you obviously haven't met everybody yet.

OUR PHOTO ALBUMS  http://picasaweb.google.com/stargeezerguy/

The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.

5 comments:

  1. I know what you mean,,,after 4 days of terrible winds,,,I'm SICK of it!!!! Today its supposed to be CALM here in Hutchinson KS!!!
    Safe Travels!!

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  2. Game shows and Reality shows, they can all go as far as I'm concerned! and now....I'm smiling at you....come on....give me a little smile back....ya know you want to...:-}}

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  3. Guess we're the weird ones - we often watch Millionaire and Jeopardy, but they don't stand in the way of something better to do.

    Al, you missed what we said a while back. i got caught by the Sierra County, NM travel bureau for saying that T or C was once called Geronimo Springs. The nice lady took me to task, saying T or C had been called Hot Springs, and three or four other names, but never was the name Geronimo used. I was properly chastised, and you can Take It or Leave It (another old game show) as you wish.

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  4. Greetings from Truth or Consequences! Love your blog & your photos of Sierra County but I feel obligated to comment on the name of our community.

    It was never named "Geronimo Springs". The Spanish named it "Ojo Caliente de Las Palomas", which morphed into "Palomas Hot Springs". In 1914 we officially became "Hot Springs". It was a premier destination for the healing arts until pharmaceuticals came along after WWII - and the town's economy died. In 1950 Ralph Edwards of the RADIO show "Truth or Consequences" issued a challenge for a town to change its name for a day to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary & the town took him up on it. "T or C" earned so much free publicity over this that it saw a renewed burst of tourism, so they voted to change the name permanently. There have been votes to change the name back to "Hot Springs" that have failed.

    While personally I'd like to see it changed back to the original name (translation: Hot Springs of the Doves), there are many towns in America called "Hot Springs" but there is only one "T or C". People seek us out because of our quirky name. They get here & fall in love with the even quirkier town!

    Thanks again! Great blog!!!
    Gina Kelley
    Director of Tourism
    Sierra County Tourism Board
    T or C, NM

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