On Tuesday, after we explored Carlsbad Caverns, we drove north to Artesia, NM. We went to Henry’s Barbeque on Tuesday evening for dinner and on Wednesday morning for breakfast! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. It hit the spot!
We also enjoyed two visits to a local coffee shop in town, Jahva House, for great coffee and sandwiches. On Wednesday morning, we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Tom Archibald. We had a great conversation and learned a lot about Artesia. He wrote us the following message and originally wanted to post to our blog comments, but it seemed to post on Instagram instead. I have copied his comments below for our parents to see, as per his request:
“Hey, Alison and Tim, I enjoyed meeting you at my ‘office’ in the local coffee shop–the JAHVA house. You two are a delightful couple. Thanks for taking my advice and going to see a non-typical high school football field right here in small town Artesia, NM. On Friday nights during football season it will be packed with thousands of folks dressed in orange cheering the winningest team in the State and the most State Championships in the USA. Some colleges would be glad to have such a facility.”
“Now, a word for your parents who no doubt read this blog. Parents, you have some great 30+ young adults. I can report to you that they are apparently having a great time and look darn good for being ‘campers.’ In Artesia, NM they were in the highly Conservative part of NM which provides 1/2 the state budget from our oil and gas production. There are hundreds of oil wells within 50 miles of this town. Soon, they will be headed up to Santa Fe, our most Liberal city. Politics aside, they will ‘blend’ well in any environment. Don’t question me! I am 81 years old and they related to me!”
Thank you for your kindness and advice, Tom! When we left the Jahva House, we had to stop by the Bulldog Bowl, per Tom’s recommendation. What a facility! See for yourself:
We then drove up to Cloudcroft and found our campsite in the spectacular US Forest Service. We set up camp at nearly 9500 ft and went for a short hike before making dinner. We hunkered down for the evening under wool blankets and sleeping bags, keeping toasty warm despite the 30 degree temperatures. This morning, we did a seven-mile hike on the Rim Trail before heading into town for internet and coffee.
If you are on Instagram, Tim can be found on @rangervw and I post on @offcape.
Miss you all!