Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Raton, New Mexico

It was mild, although a little on the hazy side, the day we left Colorado City.   Our destination was Raton, New Mexico where we’d decided to stay a few days.   When we arrived it was nice and sunny and our site had a view of the mountains, so after getting set up, we enjoyed a coffee in the sunshine.
The next morning, as it was still nice and sunny we had a session of serious rig cleaning, inside and out, by lunchtime we’d finished and decided to drive into Raton and explore.   Naturally, our first stop was a coffee shop we found one called Enchanted Grounds, a nice friendly place with decent coffee and hot chocolate.   Unfortunately, by the time we came out a thunderstorm had rolled in, so as it’s no fun exploring in that sort of weather, we turned around and went back.
Although it was still overcast and chilly, it wasn’t raining, so the next morning off we went.   Our first stop was the museum, it’s a very interesting place; we learnt a lot about the history of the town and surrounding area, including the fact that there is enough coal around here to last for 300 years, but at present it’s uneconomical to mine it.
Sadly, we didn’t get to see the Shuler Theatre as it was closed.

After lunch in the coffee shop, we continued our walk around the historic district.
This building was once a department store.
The decoration on this building is beautiful.

The train station is still in use, the lady in the coffee shop told us that not long ago two retired English school teachers arrived on the train and were travelling the US on Amtrak.   What a great way to take a trip.

I think this building was once a hotel.
We didn’t linger long as it became very windy and much colder.
Have fun, we are!

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