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Day 17 – A Chill Carb Day

We had already started the carb day festivities (previously known as cheat day) the night before but that didn’t mean we were going to cut back at all today.

After more coffee and cinnamon rolls and a quick trip to the bandit camp, we loaded the dogs in the car and headed for the entry point to the Gila that we were more familiar with.  We weren’t really sure how long our adventure would last, so we brought the dog’s chicken meat with us.

Some Gila National Forest Beauty

The hike was awesome.  We saw more birds that our previous visits and we went further on the trails.  We were probably out for an hour and forty-five minutes.  The dogs were very thirsty by the time we were approaching the end and were immensely grateful when we happened to cross a stream.

Trekking in the trees - Sydney and Trooper lead the way.

Trekking in the trees – Sydney and Trooper lead the way.

The dogs were very grateful for the surprise stream. Sydney did her normal routine - drinking while standing, drinking while laying down (in the stream) and then marking her drink spot by peeing on it. She's a weird one.

The dogs were very grateful for the surprise stream. Sydney did her normal routine – drinking while standing, drinking while laying down (in the stream) and then marking her drink spot by peeing on it. She’s a weird one.

The Fit has been a reliable and versatile adventure vehicle. Go Fit!

The Fit has been a reliable and versatile adventure vehicle. Go Fit!

Food Time!

We were pretty hungry by the time we got back into town.  The dogs were not moving in their crates so we pulled into Kountry Kitchen and let them sleep.

For the first time in New Mexico, we were allowed to enjoy the chips and salsa.  Hallelujah!  Brian really liked both; I thought the chips were a little stale and brittle but the salsa was authentic and hot.  Full of flavor and spiciness!  We both ordered combo plates (Brian – 2 enchiladas and a taco & Me – 1 enchilada, 1 taco and 1 chile relleno).

I thought the taco and enchilada were off the chart.  The chile relleno was boring – stuffed with cheese and deep fried with 3/4 inch of breading, which seemed soggy – like a wet sandwich.  Now I know better.

Authentic Mexico food at its finest - so so good!

Authentic Mexico food at its finest – so so good!

We followed lunch with a trip downtown to find ice cream.  Much to my dismay, there is no homemade ice cream in Silver City.  There is a gelato shop and a strange store that sells Blue Bunny ice cream as if it is homemade.  I say strange because they sold a wide variety of objects-

  • Artificial Christmas trees and holiday decorations
  • Thanksgiving day decorations
  • Artistic, collector’s dolls
  • Stuffed animals
  • Ice cream
  • Penny candy
  • Jewelry
  • Candles
  • Products made from honey

Lots of unrelated stuff!  But it was clean and cute.  The ice cream was nothing to write home about but it was cold and tasted like its flavor (no mysterious cookie chunks).

Pretty Sweet Emporium downtown - A strange collection and nice owners.

Pretty Sweet Emporium downtown – A strange collection and nice owners.

Unique candy from the Pretty Sweet Emporium

Unique candy from the Pretty Sweet Emporium

Bobbie Diamond & The Oldest Gym in New Mexico

While we were downtown, we decided to pop in and visit one of the gyms.  Upon entering, we were immediately greeted by the owner, Bobbie (he said his stage name is Bobbie Diamond, because the gym is named Diamond’s gym).  He said the gym was the oldest in New Mexico, that he charges $20 a month, that there are no contracts, that he has few clients and everybody comes in and hangs out.  He also asked us our astrological signs, claimed I could be a bodybuilder, and told us that once he got to know us, he would give us keys to the place.

The visit was really fun – casual, pleasant, entertaining.  I’m not entirely sold on the gym.  For one, most of the equipment has duct tape on it to cover up rips in the seats and for two, during the introduction to the cardio room, he pointed out the equipment that worked….a grand total of 4 or 5 machines out of the nine that were jammed in there.  Not liking clutter, my immediate thought was why not remove the broken stuff.  But oh well, it’s not my gym.

It’s a no frills type of facility that is all free weights.  Since that is all we currently use, we will probably go in on Monday and try it out.  Bobbie supposedly also trains fighters and bodybuilders so maybe we’ll become ripped ninjas in the process.

Gila and Gila River

One of the areas we wanted to check out for possible land is a town called Gila (pronounced Heela).  It is about 30-40 minutes west of Silver City and borders the Gila River.  There is presently a huge debate going on about the Gila River Diversion – it’s been an ongoing discussion for ten years.  The vote goes up Monday.

We learned these facts from a woman named Alison, whom we met in The Jumping Cactus Cafe.  As it turns out, Alison is from Manchester, CT.  Small world! She left Manchester for college and stumbled upon Silver City at some point in her journey.  She says it is a wonderful place for families and she has been here for about 20 years.

Anyway, back to Gila – We know it has big stretches of ranches and that the town was pretty boring (it boasts a post office, senior center, community playground and a school), but we thought it was worth a look.  We found a few “for sale” signs on land as well as 3 or 4 tiny homes, some of them absolutely adorable.  Some properties were littered with way too many vehicles; others were well groomed with homes sporting beautiful architecture.

We let the dogs eat before eating back to Silver.  Check the video tab for a video of Trooper refusing to get in the car; it’s pretty funny.  We also took a few photos of the Gila River.  You can tell it’s an impressive river when it’s full of water.

The picture doesn't do it justice, but the road suddenly became a steep drop-off leading down to a point where the wash crosses the road. That's a common feature in these parts.

The picture doesn’t do it justice, but the road suddenly became a steep drop-off leading down to a point where the wash crosses the road. That’s a common feature in these parts.

A few homes had really cool copper roofs. Sometimes they were coupled with a nice color stucco and created a very unique and pretty combination.

A few homes had really cool copper-colored roofs. Sometimes they were coupled with a nice color stucco – a very unique and pretty combination.

The Gila River as seen from the bridge connecting Cliff, NM to Gila, NM.

The Gila River as seen from the bridge connecting Cliff, NM to Gila, NM.

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