Even the best,-made plans can be thwarted a bit, but all was not lost. Our week of driving is half over, and we are halfway to our destination! And even though we missed out on a couple of experiences (businesses were closed for Indigenous People’s Day!), we still saw some fantastic sites and met some wonderful people.
We kicked off the day at Cadillac Ranch, which was high on our list of quirky artsy things to see. What we didn’t know was that we could contribute to what has become a kind of community art project by adding to the layers and layers of spray paint covering the cars. We couldn’t resist leaving a little message of kindness behind. We also learned that the woman who runs the gift shop is a Supernatural fan, which was a great bonding experience. We really are everywhere!
From there, we visited the Midpoint Cafe (closed) and Tucumcari Curios (also closed). Guess we’ll have to try that famous pie some other time. We did get some great photos, though! And on our way to the curio shop, we stopped by a quaint little practically-off-the-map shop and “Two Bit Museum” filled with pieces of nostalgia and a large assortment of tack (that’s saddles and bridles and whatnot). The gentleman who owned the shop had written a couple of books about his life experience, at his daughter’s suggestion. Jean couldn’t resist! They’ll make great mementos of the journey, for sure.
Finally, we met up with Nan, a friend of Lisa’s in Las Vegas, NM. She was Lisa’s kids’ first pediatrician, and works in a local pediatric hospital wing. She treated us to dinner at the Historic Plaza Hotel, where Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid used to live! Dean Winchester would have enjoyed that, for sure!
Wherever we could today, we made sure to leave a bit of kindness, including:
- Leaving a scented candle with the woman who runs the Cadillac Ranch Gift Shop
- Donating to the tip jar at the Two Bit Museum
- Sending Nan home with piles of books and coloring books for her pediatric patients – see if you can find our photo of the books we donated… the title should look familiar to Supernatural fans! (it’s also one of Lisa’s favorite books)