This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.

I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"

Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.


New Mexico

It's the same as always in that when I get back from a trip it takes awhile to readjust and I'm still not there but already very much looking forward to the next one probably in early March - like on my B-Day when I become eligible for the old old people national pass.

Here are some pictures I picked out and it was bland because after all it is the middle of winter. Drove way too many miles and I will just say eastern New Mexico is not for me and it is just more than dirt poor out there. That is an observation only nothing more.

This was a interesting cemetery in Quay.

There were very few people around and had the state camp grounds pretty much to myself. This was at Bottomless Lakes SP.

There was no place I could find to hide and stay for the night. I did stay next to a cemetery outside of Hope, NM. One of the residents was getting ready to receive a new neighbor.

This was on the road in the mountains east of Alamogordo, NM. I belive this elk had an arrow in it's side if look closely and click twice. Something was sticking in it's side.

Oliver Lee SP was a very cool park and was named after the man who ranched here and lived in this house. Stayed three nights. It was there where I realized a lot of the people in some parks live in them and some not by choice. Grey hairs and no hairs and there may be a time this guy could do the same.

There is a hike that will take you to the top of this bad boy. I went part way as I did not feel like brutalizing myself that much.

You will not see many like this.

An obligatory White Sands photo. In my previous life sand was my nemesis. A couple hours out in this was plenty for this guy.

At the White Sands Missile Range Museum. This got here by mistake so will leave it and just say it's deceiving because this thing is only maybe two foot long.

Notice the smart ass guvmint comment at the end of this.

Quite a backdrop for this place and several of the pictures taken really show that as the header does today. Always plenty for more missiles ya see.

This was at Leasburg Dam SP north of Las Cruces. Not the nices but well done like all of them. It did snow the night I was there. This sits along side the Rio Grand River.

Many Mericuns are happy to stop and be questioned by our national zombies even well north of the border. Not this one and at least the fellow just came out the door and did not descend down the steps and let me proceed after he believed my answers to being an American and not having any passengers. It was nippy out.

Stayed three nights at Elephant Buttes SP north of Truth or Consequences. A day trip up to Monticello was very much worth it. One of the top cemetery's I have visited.

This was fun and for the first time I was inside a flock of geese when many of them took off.

Of course I the day I decided to head for home I see the best stuff like the Abo Mission here. This and two others are in the area. It is possible that in March I may return here rather than the Four Corners area but no matter what I will be back to here. This was way too cool and Abo is the least excavated plus there's other stuff as well close by.

You can read the text in the picture and it's worth it. Click click. Guess you can't but you can get a good look at what this was like.

Now you can read it.

This local fellow was looking for some attention when I went to leave. My Stretch was not at home when I got here but showed the next day and now is loving life again. He's gonna get his cat ass thrown outside here real soon.

Rangers the first place I camped returned my fee saying I must have been in Texas as they charge the entrance fee in addition to the camping fee. No I just read things wrong. But thanks guys and wherever I was people were sooo very nice.

Senior (62) and a NM resident. A 100 smacks is all you pay to camp. 225 for out of state. This is why people live there. Want electric or water it's 4 bucks and 8 with a sewer hook-up. What a deal.

Here we be like Texas. Campsites are 6-8 higher to begin with and it's like 300 for an annual pass or close to that. Senior starts at 64 and they mention something about a small discount for camping but do not explain. What is a $10 site in NM is 16-18 here on top of a day pass for walk ins. I can't afford this. Maybe they want to keep the riff raff out.

While pecking this out a favorite of mine came on and I just must be having fun I guess.

Cross Posted @ The Picture Place


  1. Is that picture on your header for real or is it Photoshopped?

  2. I don't ever do much to my pictures. The only thing was to lighten it up just a little bit. All these picture were like this and I really don't have a clue why.

    It's surreal like and maybe it's because the whole place is like that.

    I forgot to mention in the post about a couple times the night I stayed outside Las Cruces there were intense noises coming from that direction that actually I felt on my chest and that's a fact. It was not sonic booms.

    When I looked at these for the first time Chris I said right away this ain't right.

  3. Happy to see you had a safe journey. I agree with you about the emptiness of eastern New Mexico.

  4. Nice.
    I am a little familiar with that part of W/N.M. Great part of the country.
    Fantastic photos.
    I believe that White Sands has a few airplanes that we are not aware of yet.
    I drove that stretch from Alamogordo to Las Cruces many times.
    I think there is a lot going on underground there also. Did you make it to Tularosa?

  5. Excellent pictures! Very melodious music on the video!

  6. Thanks Duta. I enjoy much of what David Byrne does.

  7. That picture in your header is the damnedest thing I've ever seen.

    Like Disneyland for neocons.

    I've been to New Mexico a few times but never to White Sands. Jim loves it there but my gut tells me as far as living there -- avoid. I don't know why but I listen to that inner voice.

  8. " Disneyland for neocons."
    Now that is funny.
    Thanks for the laugh.
    It would make a great postcard if that could be embossed on the picture. LOL

  9. I did not really see that much evidence of military. There were a lot of places that sold cheap furniture if that means anything.

    I assume there is old big money in the area.

    I've been thinking of what made these pictures different. Bright colors/time of day and year,that every thing is round.

    Maybe it's the Karma of hostility in the air.

  10. Damn Sup's! Always topdressing or throwing sand all over the place. Tell me you don't miss it.

  11. Abo, Quarai, and Gran Quivira!
    Abo's the easiest to get to. Gran Quivira's the furthest off the beaten path. It's about a 70-mile round-trip from Mountainair, which is just a whistlestop out there...Call me when you come through: 505 341 3323

  12. By the way: Oliver Lee was a really interesting guy, deeply involved in the doings during and after the Lincoln County Wars. Another fella named Albert Fall's involved. Iirc (wiki's down in sympathy today,) he was killed, assassinated...Pat Garrett was involved...My BiL is an expert on the history down there...

  13. Some great shots of our state. You're right Eastern NM is way too much like West Texas. Try going through Carlsbad Caverns. It's a real treat.

  14. I will do that Woody for sure and yes Lee was a character and what about that Frenchy fellow who built the rock fences -yikes!

  15. I didn't go down there Pat just because of that. I'd seen enough.

  16. Pics along with some words are excellent. The place seems to me empty or not having too much attractions.

  17. Thanks for the visit S Valley and the compliment.

    There is a lot of what may seem like empyness out here no doubt. Please don't misconstrue as there is more than enough to keep one busy in New Mexico. Just more in some places than others.

  18. Tommy!!! Nice to see pics of my stomping ground. Looks like you had one helluva (great?) trip. Wish I had known - could have told you a couple of secret spots -- or at least my favorite dives to eat! Miss u mucho!!

  19. Jeni Rae you sweet young thing. I will be going back down so I must know of these places.

    In addition I have some questions I believe you will know about.

    Hope life is sweet for you.

    What a nice surprise. Thanks.