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Day 8, Part 1 – Swan Rd & Butter coffee

We ate breakfast this morning at Adobe Springs Cafe.  Brian noted the abundance of young folks as waitstaff.  Here, most of our servers so far have been women in their 20’s to 30’s.  I found the staff at Adobe Springs Cafe to be withdrawn/sour.  It seems there is a policy against smiling.  Despite their behavior, however, the food was great.  We had the cheese omelet and adobe omelet (green chilies, ham and cheese).  There was so much ham and green chilies in the adobe, that we were able to share the stuffings between the two omelets.

Land of Swan Rd.

During breakfast, we searched for land on Realtor.com.  Armed with several interesting options, we headed off up Swan Rd, in the direction of Pinos Altos.  The first property we viewed was on the small side (<0.75 acres) but is located on city sewer and water.

There are 2-3 lots available on Swan Rd, so we continued along, taking our time and looking around.  We came across a herd of small deer right away.  Because we were transfixed by the deer on the left side of the road, we didn’t notice the deer 3 feet from the right side of our car (see featured image at top).  Apparently they are unafraid and are used to crossing this road.

There were 5-6 deer on this side of the street and another 5-6 on the other.  They hadn't moved from either side when we came back down the road.

There were 5-6 deer on this side of the street and another 5-6 on the other. They hadn’t moved from either side when we came back down the road.

The drive up Swan Rd was exciting.  The lots along the road have a lot of space and great terrain.  There are clear places were you can build but otherwise lots of privacy via the short trees (which we have yet to identify).  The road is paved and an easy shot into town.

Butter Coffee Delight

We took a break from our drive to grab coffee in our room and reserve another night.  Prior to embarking on our roadtrip, we had a pleasant coffee routine.  We use a Chemex to brew single-origin coffee and then blend it with grass-fed butter and coconut oil.  It may sound odd but don’t knock it until you try it.  The ratio is 2 cups of coffee to 2 tablespoons butter and 1 table spoon coconut oil.  You can also add cinnamon, vanilla, etc as desired.

Made with coconut oil, butter and single-origin coffee, this morning routine is delicious and satisfying.

Made with coconut oil, butter and single-origin coffee, this morning routine is delicious and satisfying.

The coffee is wonderful and filling.  As a person who frequently craves sweets, I appreciate the way the fat content in the coffee keeps the cravings at bay.

We enjoyed our coffee while updating the blog and organizing photos.  Fred appreciated us spending time with him in the hotel room.  Our next tasks are to explore the rest of our scavenger hunt categories and look at more land.

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