Saturday, March 31, 2012

Return From Dixon

We made some stops on the way home from Dixon

Embudo Station, once a stop on the "Chili Line" narrow gauge railway from Colorado to Santa Fe. Now a seasonal restaurant.
The tank to water up the trains as they came through
Gauging station on the Rio Grande
A tiny church in Villita, NM just north of Espanola
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Dixon NM Visit

After the BBQ at Sugars, we went a few miles up the road to Dixon, NM and had a walk. It's a charming little town with odd architecture. Most houses have tin roofs, but cost over 200K. It's in a fertile river valley and was one of the first places in NM where irrigation was built, and today is a center for organic farming and wineries.
The little market

The performing arts center

The main drag

Phoebe had to get in the Embudo River

Relic hunting....?
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Sugars BBQ in Embudo

We took the 27 mile trip north to Embudo to eat at Sugars BBQ. It was selected by Gourmet magazine as one of the 10 best diners in America. Reviews on various restaurant review sites were over the top with praise, so we had to check it out.

Outdoor seating is all they have at Sugars

 We were not disappointed. This was the best barbecue I've ever had. Kim had the Brisket Burrito - tender smokey brisket, green chilies and a little cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla. It was unbelievably good. I had the same brisket with their BBQ sauce and it too was delicious.
Arriving at the tin shack that is the kitchen
Ready for Easter

The Corvette club was there eating the Q
The place is named after Sugar the bulldog, who died in 2004. She's buried on site.

After one bite I knew this was the bomb

But this was the REAL bomb. Holy cow.

Phoebe got bupkis BBQ, which is not as good as what we had

Their smoker, where all the magic happens

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hiking the Pojoaque Hills

Decided to change up the dog walking routine by heading up into the hills that form the eastern boundary of our little valley. I'd been up there once right after we moved here, and It was much easier getting up there today after a year of daily long walks with the dog. I am amazed at how much fitness is achievable by simply walking two miles a day.

This composite image shows, from left to right (south to north), the Pojoaque Supermarket, our apartment complex (behind the supermarket), the Poeh Center, a museum and cultural center, the sports bar/casino, the tribal judicial center/police department, tribal admin offices, tribal medical center, and Cities of Gold casino at the extreme right, hidden by a hill.

A composite image of Pojoaque made from five photos. 135 degree field of view.
Click it for a larger image where you can actually pick stuff out.

Looking north toward Los Alamos National
Laboratory, on the furthest mountain range

It's remarkable how well Microsoft Image Composite Editor does stitching several images together. I recommend it with no reservations, and it's free. Some of the smaller photos below went into this composite.
The intrepid Phoebe near the summit
The trail we walk Phoebe on each evening at the base of these hills. I see coyotes up there sometimes at dusk, and  I hear there's a mountain lion that prowls around there too.
The Tribal Council can be a bit draconian
Entrance to the walking trail from the supermarket parking lot.
The hills are right hard up against the valley.


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