The Intrepid Travelers

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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Sunday, October 9th

After a delicious breakfast by Stevie (who said she didn't cook), with Dennis assisting, we got off to our pre-planned "late" start.

We opted to take the scenic route to Carlsbad (White's City). We stopped at White Sand's National Monument for souveniers, then drove on to Cloudcroft for a VERY late lunch. The BBQ restaurant wasn't very good, but the Ladies Restroom was a hoot. It had a picture of Annie Oakley on the wall opposite a gilt mirror. Cloudcroft was picturesque, but the poor lunch didn't make us inclined to linger.

It was a long drive -- about six hours total -- but well worth it for the views. Some of the pictures are below.

Dinner at White's City doesn't offer many choices. It's the
Velvet Garter Steakhouse or the Velvet Garter Steakhouse. We almost had a long wait due to a tour group, but were seated separately once the hostess knew we were not with the tour. The service was still slow, no bread, late water. Had to get baked potato fixings from the salad bar. Fortunately, the food there was very good. The prime rib was HUGE and cooked to perfection.

The food was just about the only good thing at White's City. Knowledgable service was definitely lacking. We were given the wrong closing time for the local store -- they told us 8:30 PM, but it was actually 8 PM. However, at 7:54 PM the clerk had closed up shop and would not open -- just gave us a blank glare.

I almost forgot the big blunder. They screwed up our rooms. The Front Desk confirmed that we had connecting rooms when we checked in. They were connecting all right -- just not with each other! Sheesh!

They solved that problem, but the tale of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of our travels continues...

Sunset at White's City, New Mexico

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Brantley Dam

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An view from above

Seven Rivers Cemetery

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Seven Rivers was located south of Artesia near the confluence of seven branches of a stream that flowed into the Pecos River. settled in the mid-1860's, the town flourished as a trading post and refuge for participants in the Lincoln County War. The community declined until only the cemetery was left. When Brantley Dam was constructed in 1988 the cemetery itself was relocated behing Twin Oaks Memorial Park north of Artesia.

Seven Rivers Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions

Exploration for Unknown Graves


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Artesia, named for the area's many artesian wells, lies on the route of the Pecos Valley cattle trails used by Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, and John S. Chisum. The town, established in 1903, is located in what was once part of the Chisum's vast cattle empire.

John Chisum, Cattle Baron - Trail Blazer

Handbook of Texas Online: Loving, Oliver

Oliver Loving was one of the earliest Texas Cowmen

Last Loving living in Loving takes family name in stride

The Real Lonesome Dove

Oliver Loving - Old West Gravesites

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In this immediate vicinity, Captain Henry W. Stanton of the U.S. Army, for whom Fort Stanton was named, lost his life in 1855 in a skirmish with the Mescalero Apaches.

More Fort Stanton History

Article from the Mayhill Mountain Times

A Very Late Lunch in Cloudcroft

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Rudolph Crossing

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The Change in Light

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The End of the Tunnel

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The Tunnel

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Curve Ahead

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Lincoln National Forest

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Joe is Driving

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