Oh y’all – I’m getting homesick. I am loving sharing all these wonderful places but missing my home state. Especially today since this first place I am sharing with you is just down the road from my home and we know the wonderful folks who run it, even if I haven’t seen them in a few years.
This is a full-on cowboy experience. This is a dinner theater sort of place, only with an outdoor setting and cowboy attire, activities, and food. James and Cindy Hobbs and their crew create an atmosphere of fun. There are several activities for the whole family prior to dinner time so don’t wait until the supper bell is rung to arrive.
The kids can attend Deputy Training School and learn about capturing villainous gunfighters. They can visit the gold mining area and pan for gold. There is a teepee with a display about the Mescalero tribe, which is just over the mountain. The kids can even try their hands at roping. There are also a couple of addition cost activities such as a pony ride and a pistol shoot. The whole family will enjoy the fiddle show. There are plenty of activities, events, and shops to visit.
Then, it will be time to gather on main street to see the gunfight. Every evening, Bonita City is the scene of a gunfight that is intended to be a fun experience for the whole family. The website says “These outlaws have been known to cause chaos in Bonita City with their poor aim and attempts at humor.”
Following the gunfight, the crowd will enter the Old Barn Opera House for a good ‘ol chuckwagon dinner. Biscuits, beef, beans, and something sweet will be on the menu with plenty to fill up on. Just reading about it makes my mouth water. You do not want to leave early! After dinner, the award winning performers will put on a musical show that will round the evening off nicely. Just read about these fabulous wranglers and you will want to go hear their performance.
I am going to have to take the girls soon. Hopefully, we can make it home while they are in operation this year. Since it is in the mountains, they are not year round so check the website to find out their schedule. And then head over for some good entertainment and eating.
Forest Fire Prevention
“Smokey the Bear, Smokey the Bear, Howlin’ and a growlin’ and a sniffin’ the air; He can find a fire before it starts to flame; That’s why they call him Smokey that is how he got his name.”
My girls have been singing this since they were little and no wonder – Smokey is known around the nation as the symbol for forest fire prevention. He was found in the burned mountains surrounding the little village of Capitan after a large fire in 1950. He was burned, as well. The firefighters picked up the little cub and took him with them to be treated. He was cared for a treated. He made national news and eventually was flown to Washington, DC, to be a national symbol for forest fire prevention. He remained there until his death in 1976 when he was returned to Capitan to be buried.
Smokey Bear (“the” is not really part of his name) is a hometown favorite. I grew up with Smokey being just a normal part of life – the park down the way, the Forest Service having Smokey pictures everywhere, doing coloring contests each year, the Smokey Bear Stampede, and much more. Smokey has always stood for being careful in the woods and not causing a fire to break out.
While the cub Smokey was found in 1950, the symbol of Smokey was actually around before that. There was much fear in WWII that the enemies would cause fires that would damage property and endanger lives. This began when a Japanese submarine surface close to the California coast and fired shells at the coast. With all the men away, there would be few able to fight a raging fire. So, the campaign was designed to encourage care to prevent fires. Smokey came into being shortly into this campaign.
Visit the website to get more information on Smokey and to find many educational ideas and activities.
Smokey has graced many posters and signs encouring all of us to be careful. After all,
Only YOU can prevent forest fires.
Four Corners Monument
If you know much about geography, then you should know that the northwestern corner of New Mexico is one of the Four Corners. This is where four states meet. You can simultaneously touch New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. It is marked and can be visited.
The monument stands at about 5,000 feet above sea level. When you visit, you will find an engraved granite disk embedded in concrete with the state boundaries marked.
My research shows that there is a cost to visit the marker, as it is part of the Navajo Nation lands.
I am officially missing The Land of Enchantment now but I hope you have enjoyed the post and will have opportunity to visit one of the places on the New Mexico Bucket List soon.
Lori, At Home.
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