On the road with Ed and Judie travel blog

Cactus beginning to bud in the campground

Cactus with buds

Cattle gathered around a Windmill

Bird nest in a boulder at City of Rocks

City of Rocks has a campground (and windmill to supply water)

Columns of boulders

Interesting formation!

Balancing Rock

One leaning boulder...

A big formation

Thriving tree in City of the Rocks

Teetering Rock

Water source for City of Rocks

We crossed the Continental Divide!

Hearst Church in Pinos Altos.

And, We found snow in Pinos Altos, at 7040 feet.

Roadrunner warming its back in the early sun

Roadrunner getting into position for warming

And, its ready for the sun

Santa Rita Copper Mine. Currently closed.

The colors of the minerals in the Santa Rita Mine

After our trip to Mexico on Tuesday, we decided to take a day trip to Silver City on Wednesday.

We had been in Silver City about 15 years ago when our son worked on a electrical project at the copper mine. We made a list of things to see on the trip and the first thing we came to was the City of Rock State Park. What a surprise to see the rock columns and formations in the middle of this rolling grass land. We paid our $5 for a day pass and enjoyed the visitor center and driving/walking around the rock formations. The visitor center has a good explanation of how they were formed. Judie got to take a lot of pictures and has attached some of the best. This is a 'must see' when in the SW area of New Mexico.

From the City of Rocks we proceeded to Silver City. We found Diane's Cafe for lunch and the home=made bread bread was great! We asked about buying a loaf to go with our bean soup cooking in the Slow-Cooker.

We found Diane has a bakery across the street, so we got our bread plus some other goodies. We sat in the bakery and ate the Cherry Strudel!

We also found the City Museum and had a visit to get some local flavor.

After driving around Silver City, we went to Pinos Altos (about 6 miles north) to see the Hearst Church built in 1898. Hearst built the adobe church, as well as the mercantile in Pinos Altos. This town is at 7000 foot elevation and there is snow on the ground. We crossed the continental divide just before getting to the church. We also visited a interesting souvenir shop while in this small town. The proprietor looked like a 'desert bum' and his little old dog was sleeping in a rocking chair in front of the wood stove. The town seems to be doing alot of rebuilding of these old structures.

On our return trip we went by the Santa Rita open pit copper mine. This was the first open pit copper mine in the US. They have a good overlook on Highway 152. The pit is over a mile across and 1600 feet deep. It has recently been shut down so there was no work going on. We went back by way of Highway 61, which is a designated Scenic Highway. It went by the City of Rocks before joining the Silver City Road. Good weather and interesting sites made this a very good day trip for us.

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