We started the day very slow, hung around the cabin watching the wildlife, getting settled in. The internet was down but was fixed by afternoon, I guess the ISP had a problem over the weekend and was slow to get it fixed. This is a very rural area but they have good wireless phone and internet services. The cabin has WI-FI and Dish Network TV. When they say all the comforts of home they are not kidding!
Silver City was founded on silver, gold and copper mining money. Like most small towns, the outer edges are filled with big box stores that destroyed downtown businesses. Silver City has replaced those with antique stores, cafes and artist shops/galleries. It is also the home of Western New Mexico University. You could spend days here, exploring all the cool shops tucked into alleys and side streets. Here’s something “artsy” I found on a wall outside one of these shops:
Now you know I love to take quirky photos. We went into the Javelina coffee shop to get, well, coffee, but the restroom was the most interest part. First, the sign on the door:
Then, it was a lot like a “throne”…
With this warning on the wall…
A historic moment – better than Tombstone anyway! (See yesterday’s post.)
OK, so much for toilet photos, but I just had to put them in LOL!!
We went to the Silver City museum which was in a house of an 1880’s mining magnate. It had many interesting photos of the town and people, artifacts, etc. Dana has a very good photo of the building on his blog. You should check out his blog if you haven’t already – he has a much different perspective on this trip.
We ate at the Silver City Grill which advertised Mexican and American home cooking. I had tamales with green chili sauce and Dana had chilie rellenos. Not worth photos, very bland food, cannot recommend it.
Then we went to a local grocery store for supplies for dinner and also picked up a bucket of chicken at KFC for our picnic tomorrow. Dana fixed a great plate of brats and hot dogs on the grill.
After dinner we were birdwatching and saw an acorn woodpecker. Dana has a pretty good photo of it on his blog. It was too far away for my camera but I got a good look at it thru the binoculars. You can also link to Cornell Univ Ornithology bird site at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Acorn_Woodpecker/lifehistory for more info on this western bird. The hummingbirds are visiting the feeders I filled but we are not sure what species.
Lastly, you will note no star report. Sadly it has been cloudy the last 2 nights, we saw some stars last night among passing clouds. Tonight it’s really cloudy. In the distance at dusk we were rewarded with a very unusual rainbow.
I have not retouched this photo, our eyes saw all the reflections and colors as you see here, looking to the southeast. Magnificent.