Sunday, June 2, 2013

Ruidoso, New Mexico and Surrounding Area

We spent a few days in Ruidoso, New Mexico.  We went for the horse races at Ruidoso Downs but found lots of other stuff to do.
As it turned out - this was the opening weekend of Quarter Horse racing at Ruidoso Downs and the place was packed to the rafters with racing fans all 3 days of racing.  The first day there was 25 races with 10 horses per race. And that was just day one.

It was so difficult to try to get pictures of these
Quarter Horses that I quickly gave up.

After a morning of races (they would go well in to the evening) we headed out for the town of Hondo.  En route we caught a glimpse of this sweet Episcopal Chapel that is very hard to see from the road.  It is not only set back from the road but also kind of set down in a hole. 

The chapel, actually in Glencoe, NM, was first known as "The Mission of Transfiguration." The chapel is situated on a site donated by the Bonnell family for use as long as church services are held on a regular basis.
The building is made of native field stone with a red tile roof. It was built by G. F. Bruns who lived in the Glencoe area. It has a stone altar and a metate stone for the front. The interior measurements are 34 feet length, 15 feet width and the height is 8 feet 6 inches. It has seating capacity for about 40 people. The local parishoners love their Church and are proud if its' history.

Next stop was the Hondo Iris Farm and Alice Seely Gallery.  We happened to hit the Iris farm at the height of the bloom.  Alice said that it was a few weeks late this year due to late freezes.  So for once we were thankful for cold weather (it was not cold currently) as we were enchanted by this lovely spot.

Also at the site of the Iris Farm is the Alice Seely Gallery.  Alice designs and makes pewter jewelry.  Very nice stuff but nothing tripped my trigger so I bought nothing. And I forgot to take pictures of the jewelry so these pictures were stolen from her web site. Here is a link to the site if you would like to know more.     Hondo Iris Farm and Alice Seely Gallery

Next up - the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso.  Outside of the museum are the most amazing horse statues.  Every major American horse breed is included.  And they are totally life-like.  One of my favorite things so far on this trip.

On inside the museum.  And the pictures will speak for themselves.


This is Billy the Kid Country.  So of course we had to do the Billy The Kid Trail. 
The byway takes you to the town of Lincoln where much of Billy's history is but we were not impressed and there are no other pictures of that part of the trip.  HOWEVER, the trail took us to
the town of Capitan. 

And this is where real history is buried - in the form of Smokey Bear.  Smokey was rescued as a cub here after a wild fire and after spending his life at the National Zoo in Washington D.C., he was returned here after his death at age 26 in 1976.
Smokey's Grave Site

Something that I found interesting when we left Ruidoso - we drove through the Valley of Fires. The Valley of Fires is a lava flow that originated in the central part of New Mexico. It is a lava flow that is approximately 2 miles wide and over 20 miles long.


And that concludes our time in New Mexico - for now.  There is much to see and do in this state and although we have toured other areas of the state in previous trips I'm sure we will be back for more.


~Cheryl said...

That's quite a variety! Glad you found the little chapel - what a work of art.

Paul Viscovich said...

Racing without exciting, firey crashes? You are mellowing!

On a more serious note, hope & pray recent tornadoes in OK have spared your loved ones.