Jerry and I are back from a lovely Easter weekend at Silver City, New Mexico. We stayed at Bear Mountain Lodge, a charming B&B/art gallery outside of town on the edge of the Gila National Forest and, yes, the former home of a dude ranch and home for psychopathic boys. How apropos for our stay one might conjecture.
The town of Silver City is worthy of a quick visit for the art. It is a typical melange of trendy restaurants, seedy western bars and numerous art galleries set in a small town featuring a rather strident contrasting architectural style of early Victorian and trailer house modern.
The two hour scenic drive to the Gila Cliff Dwelling Monument along the winding Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway passes right through the Gila National Forest. The Cliff Dwelling site itself is very interesting since you are able to view the Dwellings from the inside, getting the full impact of a primitive Penthouse above the Gila Forest. On your way back down the mountain check out the Little Toad Inn for stuffed mushrooms and take a quick swing through the quaint old mining town of Pinos Altos.
We experienced a couple of firsts on this trip, our first geocaching experience, locating two caches on the grounds of the Lodge with only minor difficulty (all done through modern downloads on your cell phone); and, a culinary first, blood orange and cayenne sorbet. This ice cream is not for wimps!
This blogging will soon take on a definite salty flavor as we head out for a summer at Sea Ranch on the coast of Northern California.