Dude Ranch for Psychopaths

Art could be ever so funny if it wasn’t such a deadly serious business. (Joseph P. Blodgett)

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.

Bear Mountain Lodge – …nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees…Mary Oliver

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.

Galleries along West Yankee Street -As humans we look at things and think about what we’ve looked at. We treasure it in a kind of private art gallery.
Thom Gunn

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.

Gila Cliff Dwellings -A place where things
were said and done,
there you can remember
what you need to
remember. Melancholy is useful. Bring yours. Li-Young Lei, With Ruins.

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!

Jerry and the Geocache -St. Anthony, St. Anthony
Please come down
Something is lost
And can’t be found (prayer of St. Anthony for lost things).

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.

The trouble is you never see anyone
sitting in these forlorn chairs
though at one time it must have seemed
a good place to stop and do nothing for a while.
-The Chairs That No One Sits In by Billy Collins

3 thoughts on “Dude Ranch for Psychopaths

  1. Kate (@Desertbird100) says:

    Peg this looks like a great trip! I love your narrative, it makes us all want to take a journey. The painting of the shops and the rustic beauty are very appealing, guess they don’t have an ALC to impact their artistic style.

  2. Hough, Kathleen says:

    Sounds like an incredible weekend!

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  3. bcwheat08 says:

    Always thought Blodgett’s statement about as apropos as it was possible to get on the subject. Sounded like a great visit. The empty chairs were great!

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