Saturday, January 4, 2014

Christmas in New Mexico

We stayed in New Mexico from December 22 until December 29. We camped at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, which is 8 miles south of Alamogordo. We visited Kenny and Robin on Christmas Eve, and Kenny took us out to the flight line where the base was having a community day. This is where the public and family members can come look at some of the aircraft flown by the units at Holloman. Then on Christmas Day, we were invited to spend the day with Kenny and Robin. 

Looking east across the Tularosa Basin from our campsite

Site #2.  Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Those are the Sacramento Mountains.

One of the drones flown by Holloman AFB.

Kenny and Don looking at an F-22


Another drone - this one's the largest

Kenny's view from work - Sierra Blanca (I used to ski this mountain a lot during college)

My two favorite men

Sierra Blanca

Don got a 6-pack of exotic beer from Kenny and Robin

They gave me a beautiful bottle of German Riesling

Robin and Kenny

This is the wonderful spread Robin did for lunch - she's Italian, so this is all yummy Italian stuff:  caponata, prosciutto, black olives, artichokes, Italian bread, ham, turkey, Romano cheese. We thoroughly enjoyed it.  For dinner, she and Kenny cooked chicken Parmesan and pasta Alfredo from scratch.  It was pretty nice not to have to cook!  I'm very proud that they both cook - too many young people don't. 

Last Days in Arizona

Our second day in Willcox was rainy - so we decided to go visit the Amerind Museum (which includes a research center, library, and art gallery) in nearby Texas Canyon. One of the first things we learned was why Texas Canyon is called by that name:  it was settled by a family from Texas.

I would love to be able to show a bunch of photographs from the museum, but they're not allowed for various reasons.  So my pictures are from outside.

After paying our entrance fee of $15 (8 for me, 7 for Don) we were told to visit the art gallery first. I was ambivalent about that, but once I was looking at the artwork, I was really glad I was there. Most of the artwork had a southwestern or Native American theme, and up on the second floor was a temporary exhibit of quilts.  Quilts!  These were some of the quilts from the Arizona Centennial Quilt Project.  They were all stunning.

The art gallery

The main museum building

Looking north

Looking northeast

Museum building
We spent about 3 hours in the museum - longer than I've ever spent in a museum. In addition to looking at Native Americans in Arizona - the Navajo, Hopi, Apache and the Tonto O'odham, the museum exhibitions "tell the story of America's first peoples from Alaska to South America and from the last Ice Age to the present." There were exhibits related to archeology, history, culture, and more. We even watched a movie about Geronimo and the numerous times he and his people were betrayed by the U. S. Government. 

I strongly recommend a visit to this museum if you're ever in Willcox or Benson.  For more detailed information, visit their website :  Amerind Museum