After only a few hours of sleep, I am up and ready to go, Kathy, on the other hand would love it if I could just be a tad quieter for just a little while longer. Actually, Kathy was a great sport on this trip, getting up very easily even though she is a self admitted “non-morning” person.
So Day 2 begins with us leaving the Fairfield Inn in Roswell and heading east on 2nd Street/NM380, to our next destination for photo number 2 of the trip at The Bottomless Lakes State Park, where before obtaining our photo, we encountered a rattlesnake on a trail to one of the seven small lakes that are located in this park. Only feet away from the snake I hear Kathy “STOP, there’s a snake” I skidded to a halt (literally). We both leaned far forward with our cameras in out stretched arms to take a photo of the snake – and yes, it was a rattlesnake, see those rattles? (Click the photo for a larger view)
Once down the road, however, we were able to enjoy the quite of our early morning visit and get a great shot for the contest.
From the Bottomless Lakes Sate Park, we retraced our steps back through Roswell, turning north on NM285 and then turning east on NM70 toward Portales for our next photo stop. The drive from Roswell to Portales was new for me. In all my years of traveling around the State I have never found myself on this road. It was a pleasant and easy drive with a lot of vast land on either side of the highway. I missed a great “ruint” in Kenna on the way to Portales, and sadly I may never be back down that road, at the right time of day in order to capture it again.
In Portales, armed with a printed GOOGLE map and a nav-app on a smart phone, we were having difficulty locating the site of our next photo. Round and round the square we went. Until at one point I pulled into an empty lot as we studied the two maps closely, identifying all the streets and still unable to find the photos subject. Finally, in bit of frustration, I decided I would go to the middle of the square to take a photo of the Roosevelt County Courthouse (which could be a sub-subtitle to this adventure.) As I pulled into the parking lot, but what did I spy, across the street on the corner – yes the photo subject the Tower Twin Theater, and to my utter dismay, and what caused Kathy and I to have a fit of laughter – when we were parked in the empty lot studying our maps, we were right next to this very building.
- 1978, a devastating fire broke out in the sweet potato warehouse and spread severing electricity and phone service in the downtown area. Firefighters from Portales, Clovis, and Cannon Air Force Base responded and the entire downtown area was ordered to evacuate. Other buildings that caught on fire included The Print Shop (still in existence but located south of this site), the McKillip Agency, Mickey Barnett’s law office, and the Tower movie theater
We made an additional stop in Portales at the Sunland Peanut Company to pick us up some Made In New Mexico peanut butter. We then continued on NM70 toward our next destination Clovis, where we turned west on NM60/84 in route to our next photo destination. The old Hotel Clovis. As you can see in the photo the renovations have begun on this 80+ year old building. Hopefully I can get back there to take a photo of it after it is completed (guess then I could go down to Kenna and get that “ruint” photo I passed by)
After our very quick stop in Clovis, it was off again west on NM60/85 toward Fort Sumner for our next photo. This section of road is dotted with very small to ghost towns, such as St. Vrain, Melrose, Tolar, and Taiban (Taiban being a previously visited subject on this blog). Arriving in Fort Sumner, we decided it was time for a comfort break, and a quick snack. We picked up a Chimichunga at an Allsups store and headed to a park to quickly squelch our hunger and off to the Old Fort Sumner Museum for a photo of Billy the Kid’s grave.
Back in the car and back on the road, headed north on NM85 to Santa Rosa, where our next photo subject was located. Kathy is credited with identifying this photo. A long time visitor to Santa Rosa Kathy had the advantage on this one. The Guadalupe County Courthouse.
Picking up Interstate40 we headed east to Tucumcari, where we were to find our last photo of the day before heading to our hotel and getting some much deserved rest from our day on the road. Along the way we passed through the town of Cuervo, where I could see I was in “runit” heaven. Cuervo is full of “ruints” Not knowing to get off the Interstate before passing the town of Cuervo, it was a plus that we would be backtracking along this same stretch of road in the morning so that I could stop and get photos.
We made a stop at the Tucumcari cemetery so that Kathy could visit some of her husband’s family who are buried there. It was a peaceful moment for her to share some of her thoughts, and she took a few photos of the markers. Our destination was the Blue Swallow Motel for our final photo of the day. We stopped inside their gift shop and had a nice visit with the proprietors of the property, who were well aware of the contest and have had many participants stop and also stay at their motel.
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