Thursday, October 21, 2010

White Oaks

 White Oaks is an old mining town that was founded in 1879 when gold was discovered on nearby Baxter Mountain. The town quickly grew to about 2,500 people and there was a post office, bank, four churches, school and a mortuary.
school house
There were also several blacksmith shops, meat market, general merchandise store, restaurant, drug store, laundry and even a dairy.
Several prominent New Mexicans were part of White Oaks history. W.C. McDonald arrived as a surveyor and later became New Mexico's first governor after statehood. He is buried in the White Oaks cemetery.
Billy the Kid was chased by a White Oaks posse to the Greathouse Trading Post where White Oaks deputy, Jim Carlisle was killed. His body was brought back to White Oaks for burial as was deputy James Bell, who was murdered by The Kid during his escape from the Lincoln County jail.
There are many historic buildings in town, including this brick mansion.
Hoyle house
Watt Hoyle constructed the home in 1893, allegedly for his prospective bride. After she wrote him a "Dear John" letter, he never finished the inside of the house.
Gumm house
The Gumm brothers owned a lumber mill and Pat Garrett was allegedly at the Gumm house arranging to purchase lumber for the scaffolding needed to hang Billy the Kid when Billy made his escape from the Lincoln County jail.  The home is now owned by the only realtor in White Oaks and has undergone extensive renovation.
Miner's Home & Tool shed museum
The Miner's Home and Tool shed museum contains a recreation of the way life would have been in the area in the late 1800's. It contains hundreds of artifacts and history. There is a tool shed out back containing mining tools and samples of various ore.

White Oaks was destined to become a flourishing metropolis but was undone by greedy town leaders who refused the right of way to the El Paso and Northeastern railroad by pricing the land outrageously high. The negotiators simply walked away and headed for Corona and Carrizozo.
Today White Oaks is home to not only museums and historical sites but many artists studios and the "NO Scum Allowed!" bar.

From the US 54 between Corona and Carrizozo, turn on County Road 349.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Wreath

Here's the latest project I made.
Everything but the wreath itself is crochet. Even the cobwebs. I had to stop making things for it so I'd have it done in time for Halloween!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Holly's 13th Birthday

Yesterday was Holly's 13th birthday.
Of course she had to have gelato!
And after that she went to the duckpond at the campus.
Have you ever seen such a pretty face!?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bandelier National Monument

On Hwy 4 not far from Los Alamos is Bandelier National Monument. The landscape was formed by both sudden volcanic eruptions and the slow forces of erosion.
view of Talus house at the beginning of hike from visitors center
Ancestral Pueblo people lived here for approximately 400 years beginning in 1150 CE. Unlike their nomadic and semi-nomadic predecessors, they built homes and planted crops.
They were also hunters and even had domesticated animals like turkeys and dogs.
Tyuonyi Pueblo
 Their homes were on the canyon floor as seen in Tyuonyi Pueblo, which had approximately 400 rooms. And up against the canyon walls as seen at Talus House. They even used the canyon walls themselves to construct elaborate, multi-story cliff dwellings.

There are many animals in Bandelier including 13 species of bats, which use this cave as a roost.
Long House Cave

And we saw this footprint near the edge of the stream while hiking the back country.
I'm not sure what the print is from but American Badgers and Black Bears both live here.

This small waterfall is in the back country.  There are other larger falls in Bandelier that we were unable to see due to time. I think we could have used at least one more day in this pretty place!

One of the highlights of our visit was Alcove House, otherwise known as Ceremonial Cave. The area is accessed by several wooden ladders and hand and toe hold trails. For someone a little afraid of heights, (actually falling from heights!), I was proud of myself for making the scary climb to see it. At the foot of the cave is a reconstructed kiva which would have been used for religious ceremonies, teaching and meetings. You can even climb down into the kiva. The cave also sheltered the homes of several ancestral Pueblo families, as many as 23 rooms, some two stories high.

Petroglyphs abound throughout Bandelier.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ Help fund free mammograms!

The Breast Cancer Site was founded to help fund free mammograms for women in need — women for whom early detection would not otherwise be possible. Since its launch in October 2000, the site has established itself as a leader in online activism and in the fight to prevent breast cancer deaths.The Breast Cancer Site provides a feel-good way to help promote awareness and prevent breast cancer deaths every day — through easy online activities.

With a simple daily click of the pink button on my sidebar, or the banner at the end of this post, visitors help provide mammograms to those in need. Visitors pay nothing. Mammograms are paid for by the The Breast Cancer Site's sponsors and distributed by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
The issue of breast cancer is painfully close to many people's hearts. Each year, 211,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 die. Almost everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by a breast cancer diagnosis or that of a loved one.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women ages 40 - 55. Early detection is the key to survival and better treatment options, and mammography is among the best-known methods of early detection, yet 13 million women in the U.S. over 40 have never had a mammogram.

In addition to clicking the pink "Click Every Day!" button, visitors can make early detection and survival of breast cancer possible by shopping in The Breast Cancer Site store. With each item purchased, shoppers generate funds for free mammograms for women in need. The store offers a wide array of items to show your support, including pink ribbon jewelry and apparel.

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month I plan to keep the "Click Every Day!" button on my sidebar through October so be sure to check back and click every day! :)

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