Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Anyway - Wednesday's special was one of their burgers and a pint of one of their beers. I had the bacon-Cheeseburger with fries and a pint of their Jamison Red Ale. The burger was great and fries were cooked pretty good. BJ's had 2 amber ale, the Jamison Red is a little darker in color and a very pleasant tasting.
None of BJ's beers are brewed in New Mexico. I understand that the chain has one of their locations would brew just one of it's beers and transport them to other locations. That way the brewery can concentrate on doing a good job on that one beer.
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Spent some time around the depot. The folks there were very friendly and accommodating. Don spent some time touring the maintenance shop.
We were able to watch the train (same one we rode yesterday) return to Chama. Don shot video of the departure on my point & shoot camera. I shot the departure with my Canon 60D.
After the train departure, we got on the road towards Chama. On the way, we stopped at the scenic view along Route 17 the bus driver pointed out. I took some photos, including shooting a panoramic series of frames.
As we approach Cumbres Pass, we saw the Eastbound train was just ready to depart after taking on water. We shot video and stills of the departure from Cumbres.
By this time, the sun was over the yardarm, and I suggested we tip a pint of New Mexico beer. Had pints of Santa Fe Brewing's "Nut Brown" ale. Visited with a local farmer at the bar (Foster's). Still too early to head back to Antonito, so we did a driving tour up as far as Pagosa Springs.
Driving back through Chama, we were thinking we might catch the train along the railroad. At one time even heard what we thought as a locomotive whistle. But, driving back to Antonito, we were following the motor coach transporting train riders from Chama to Antonito.
We stopped by the room to use the facilities before heading out from dinner. Returned to "Dos Hermanas" steakhouse. Both Don and I had their enchilada plate. After dinner, processed some photos, wrote facebook postings, and packed the bags for the return trip.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Had to wait until this morning to pick up our tickets. We boarded a motorcoach for the drive over to Chama. Had a nice conversation during the hour-long ride. Gal across the aisle was from Mankato, MN. Interesting chat up here on the front of the bus. When we arrived in Chama, we quickly board the train, finding our seats.
Once the train was underway, it didn't take much time for the conductor to run thro9ugh the train punching our tickets. At that time, we were allowed to get out of our seats and move around thee train. For information, the train consisted the following: Locomotive and tender, three coach cars, a concession car, open gondola, Tourist car, and finally Parlor car. The open gondola was equipped with a sound system. The docent onboard spend most of the ride describing the railroad and the scenery on the sound system on the gondola.
About half way through the trip, we arrived Osier where we were served lunch. There were 2 hot lunches we could select - meatloaf or turkey. I had the meatload dinner, which consisted of a slice of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, roll or corn bread, and a selection of deserts. For drinks, there was water, coffee, iced tea (sweetened and unsweetened), pink lemonade, and lemonade.
There was time to stretch legs and look at some of the older building at Osier. Cousin Don scoped out while there, I relaxed back on our train car - needed the time off my legs/knees.
One of the options for riding the train is to turn back at Osier, riding back the train to your departure location. It seemed to me that we lost over half of our follow travelers took the train back to Chama rather than continuing on to Antonito, CO.
The weather forecast was for about 60% chance of rain. We had periods of rain, mostly light showers. Most of the ride it was overcast.
The scenery on the East end of the railroad is both the more scenic (and dramatic) section of the railroad and the most boring part of the train ride. The train runs through 2 tunnels on this half of the line. There were scenic highlights of "Calico Cut" and the Toltec Gorge. The last 1 1/2 of the trip was pretty boring, nothing much to look at except for sage brush. And, actually, this was fine as we were tired from the long day on the train.
We were a little late arriving Antonito. Don and I looked for a good. cold beer when we got back to town. The one bar in Antonito did not open 7pm. We settled for a bottle of Dos Equis and the restaurant where we ate last night. By 8pm, both of us were sound asleep.
I have processed my photos from the train ride. Eventually I will sort and select photos to post on my website.
Checked into the motel, dropped off some luggage into the room, and headed for a late lunch. The motel suggested the "Dos Hermana's Steakhouse" downtown. I had the 6oz bacon-cheeseburger with fries. About 3 strips if bacon, good burger, full slice of red onion, with pepper jack cheese. The fries were also great, battered and crispy. Washed down the meal with 2 bottle of Dos Equies Amber.
Checked out the train station and the train's anticipated arrival in Antonito. Had time to look at the wear at the gift shop and visited with the folks there. Watch the train arrive and got a few good photos.
Rain is forecast for tomorrow and Thursday. They should be the typical New Mexico "pop-up1' showers. Surely nothing like the rain the Midwest has been getting
Thursday, August 30, 2018
An aside, here, we were planning to sample beers at Lava Rocks Brewing. When I contacted the brewery, they are between batches of their beer. Sounds like they were only brewing small batches, no constant brewing process (likely low on equipment).
Back to 1933 Brewing - one of our groups asked where the name comes. We were told it was 1933 the prohibition ended.
Since the locations does not have their own beers, yet, we were shown a list of other "local" beers they had on tap. The selection was what I would call "yuppy", somebody called it a "millennium" selection - several IPA's, no Amber. Closest they had was the Quarter Deck Irish Crimson ale. It was drinkable, but I sure did ni=ot was a second pint.
For food, I selected the bacon-cheeseburger. The sandwich was "OK". The Medium-Well was a litle over cooked (another of out group had the same review - his medium-rare was a bit over-cooked). The bacon on sandwich was cooked perfect - not too crispy and not under-cooked. Fries were mixed - some where over-cooked and some where a little under-cooked.
Understanding that the place has only opened for a week, but the service was not good. There were about 10 of us. Two of the group of napling & silver. When the food was served, we had to ask for more place-setting - and were give 4 more. So, we had to asked for more - finally they gave us 2 more setting than we needed. (Could the server not count?). There was a bottle of ketchup placed on the table, but nno salt ot pepper. Had to ask for then - and typically, the server brought 3 sets (over supplied).
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Made tentative plans to ride the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.
Opted for N\Billy's Philly Steak sandwich with fries. LOTS of beef on this sandwich. Washed down the sandwich with 3 pints of "Kilt Lifter" Scotch style ale.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
It was a pain to get to the brewery, with all of the construction along US 550. From Rio Rancho, had to head East into Bernalillo, (across the river), make a "U"-turn and back West on US550, across the river, to the brewery.
The taproom has a limited menu. To order food, walk over to the back of the room to order a pay for your food, Different servers take your beer orders. Kind of a crazy system - ending up with separate bills for beer and food.
I orders the Bosque Burger - "Kobe-style beef patty cooked to order, oatmeal stout and red chile bbq sauce, fried onions, bacon, and white cheddar on a kaiser roll," The side was french fries, The burger is not-remarkable.
Had two pits of beer with lunch. I started with a pint of Brewer's Boot Amber Ale. A decent amber with usual alcohol content. For the second pint, I tried their "Scotia Scotch Ale". This beer is a little higher alcohol content, of 8%. Both are pleasant tasting ales.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
With such a deal, I opted for the special. I just scraped most of the chile if the sandwich, Those left just added enough "heat" in my burger. Fries were good and crispy.
Washed down the burger with two pints if Toltec's Altbier, amber ale.
Sunday, August 5, 2018
I wash down my meal with 3 pints of "Kilt Lifter" Scotish Ale frpm Four Peaks Brewing. Don and I had a good conversation. I was able to show him the projects I have worked with for my ham radio club.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
The Blue Grasshopper has a great meat lover's pizza. I ordered the large (13") pizza. That leaves me some leftover's tomorrow for lunch. Ended up eating 5 of the 8 pieces at lunch.
Wednesday's are great days to have lunch at the Blue Grasshopper. My pizza was $1 off because of "Happy Hour Wednesday". Two pints of craft beer were $6 total!
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The 1/2 pound burger was cooked as I like then (medium-well). Friese were a little overdone. I washed the food down with 2 pints of their amber ale.
Good sized group (6) for lunch. Next Wednesday's lunch is planned for Blue Grasshopper in Rio Rancho.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will be taking place at Balloon Fiesta Park beginning Saturday, October 6, 2018, and running through Sunday, October 14th. Information of available shifts will be posted on the club website (NM5HD.com) under "Field Operations".
The committee established sub-committees for Antenna, Public Relations, Equipment, and Staffing.
The committee established sub-committees for Antenna, Public Relations, Equipment, and Staffing.
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Billy's makes their sloppy joe sliders with the same meat they use for their tacos. Nice taste.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The amber ale was pleasant, one of the best I have tasted in the area. The BBQ sauce was a little bland.
Forgot to take a outside photo for this blog.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Between the brewery machinery, the soccer game on the big screens, and the acoustics, the night noise level was giving me a headache.
I had the 1/3 pound burger with cheddar and bacon. The burger in on a pretzel bun. Had the side of fries. The menu says that they cook burgers to Medium-Well. Mine was closer to "well" as there was no pink in the center of the patty. Their portion of french fries were much more than most locations. The good thing was that they were fried perfect to my taste - golden brown, crispy with soft center.
I washed down my food with 2 pints of their "Crimson Lass" red (Irish) ale. While not remarkable, it was a decent tasting ale.
For record purposes, I will start attempting to add a photo of the brewery/brewpub in the blog posting.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The luncheon menu is fairly limited. About the only item that sould like appetizing is the bacon-cheeseburger, Ordered that (same as lasst month) with steak fries. The sandwich is a 1/2 pound burger - a bit more than I really want, but consumed the meal. Washed down food with water, waiting for brews with food tomorrow.
With the smaller attendance, the service was much better than the June luncheon. Different server, too.
Speaker for the luncheon was Significant Sig John Salazar, an alum of Beta Xi (University of New Mexico). Brother Salazar was in the 2018 "class" of Significant Sigs.
The Albuquerque chapter luncheons have a agenda and formal meeting. Brothers start arriving early (ahead of the noon advertised time), but the meeting (luncheon) is over and members disburse at 1pm. I miss the relaxed atmosphere of the Omaha chapter.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
The microbrewery had a good menu of beers, including an Amber Ale - my favorite style of beer. The Angel Fire Amber was a pleasant tasting beer. ABV was a little below what most (think it was % 4.1.
Another think I liked about the food at this brewery, the burgers and portion of fries was smaller than the usual 1/2 pound burgers. The portion at the Enchanted Circle was just right for my elder hunger. Ended up having a second pint of the beer.
Stopped along the road to take photos along the Rio Grande. There were some ranters riding the river. Shot some photos of them.
Was planning to have lunch in Red River. The town was a zoo. Wait for a table at the brewery was over an hour. Looked like the parade had over, but there was a festivals in the park. Decided to check out food in Eagle Nest. Arrived there as folks were gathering for their parade. Scrub that idea.
Found a nice, not packed brewery in Angel Fire. After lunch, went to the New Mexico Vietnam Veteran's Memorial and park. Took a couple photos for a future calendar.
It was a great day, all-in-all. Just a bit too much for me in one day - ended up very tired and a head ache.
Monday, June 25, 2018
When I arrived at Haynes Park about 10:30, set-up was well underway. I looked around the site and started shooting photos for documentation purposes. Our classification was A2NM One transmitter was powered by batteries and solar arrays. The other transmitter was powered my a portable generator.
The CW operator was on 20 Meters and seemed to make a constant stream of contacts. The operators on 40 Meters and other bands did not make as many contacts.
About 2 PM, my brain had had enough. The temperature was climbing, too. I packed it up and was home about 2:30. Relaxed, re-hydrated, and took a nap. Had dinner with my cousin at Billy's Long Bar. On the drive from the house to the bar, the thermometer in my car peaked at 104 degrees.
Sunday, I processed my photos and e-mails them to our Field Day Chairman, Webmaster, and President (Newsletter Editor).
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
While it was my first time attending this luncheon, I think they get much larger attendance than we did in Omaha. Today's lunch was a special lunch tribute to the classes of the 60s and 70s.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
I am happy to say they have been gotten their stuff together...I had their Southern BBQ Burger. Burger with an onion ring, cheese, and bacon. As a side, I had creamy cole slaw. Beverage was 2 pints of The Local Brewhouse Amber Ale.
It was a pleasent lunch with just Bill, Larry, and I, though I was hoping a larger attendance. The group desided we would come back again.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Antenna was a dipole (inverted "V"). Rig was one of the club's traveling set-ups. Power was from a battery pack (had a second pack to extend operations). Contacts were made using digital mode FT8. I headed home a little after noon (digital noice was about to give me a headache).
I have mountain biked in this area. With the shelter and vault toilet facilities, it was a good place for field operations The club is planning to make more of these excursion.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Next Wednesday's lunch will be a mile from my house at The Local Brewhouse on Unser.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
My guests got packed up and on the road about noon. I was tired, so most of the afternoon, I napped. Tomorrow I will strip the bed and do that laundry.
Later in the afternoon, I grabbed a couple craft beers from the fridge. They were there for over a year, Still tasted good. The beer was the Tap Room Amber Ale brewed in Rochester, NY.
Monday, May 28, 2018
Sunday, I decided to take Pete and Jim on a tour of the Jemez Mountains. A little late start but on the road about 11:30. Traffic was bad at some places. There was Arts & Crafts show. Cars all parked along the road at the Soda Dam. By the time we got to Rts 4 and 126, we were looking to get of the road for a little and have some lunch.
Note to self - do not play tour guide in the mountains on a holiday weekend.
The store there did not have much, but next door was the Nomad Mountain Pizza establishment. The pizza was "OK". But something like $3 for a bottle of soda bottled in Durango was a bit steep. To add to our negative recommendation was the service, They said they had call-in orders that had them backed up. The place was not that busy (it was about 1:15 in the afternoon) but it took about an hour before our pizza was delivered to the table.
When I got dressed in the morning, I decided I was going to wear my black "Free Yourself from Pants Prison" T-shirt from Damn Near Kilt 'Em and my black & McLeod plaid kilt. That took me out in public more than the last outing when I was just driving. And it is a more dressy kilt for a Sunday Drive compared to my camo kilt that last day I wore one while traveling.It was a beautiful day and I did not feel embarrassed wearing my kilt.
We continued to Valles Caldera, past Los Alamos and Bandalier National Monument. I noticed a new. large visitor's center for the Monument in White Rock. The other new change is that private vehicles were not allowed - you board a shuttle bus from White Rock.
From there, it was time to head back to Rio Rancho. Still had over an hour drive yet to get back. Took the bypass around Santa Fe. Pulled into the driveway about 5pm.
The dogs were very happy to see us, but a bit upset that we had left them in the sun porch! After a bit of a rest and review of the trip, it was time for dinner. Since we had a late lunch, we were not looking for a big dinner. We opted for the "Local Brewhouse" just a mile from my house. Had an enjoyable burger on the deck watching the sun sets on the Sandias. Jim and I had local beer and Peter had a margarita.
Visited and did some online chatting until I was exhausted and headed to bed. Very relaxing, interesting day for my second full-day outing in one of my kilts.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Biggest attendance of the Wednesday "Geezers" lunch. Seven of us at Steel Benders. Unfortunately, they did not have their amber ale available. Had 2 pints of their lager, as a substitute.
For something different for lunch, I had their pulled-pork sandwich with salad as the side (instead of the normal fries).
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Monday, May 7, 2018
Narrow, mountain road, mostly only 1 1/2 lanes wide. 9 miles from the highway, I entered the town Mogollon. The town is crammed into a canyon with a stream coming down it. Building had bridges over the creek to get out of their houses!
There are a surprising number of occupied houses here in the town. Man old buildings that look that they could be use. A couple of ruins.
It was just after noon when I pulled into Pie Town. Only one establishment was open for food. I was not hungry, so skipped pie in Pie Town (people have told me it is not that special). Got out of the car to take photos at the arch in El Malpais National Monument. Home a little before 4pm.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Next spot was downtown. Parked and took several photos of the historic building in tow, There even is the Murray Hotel with an art deco facade.
It was only about noon, and I was not ready to go to the motel to pack. Decided to do the 65 miles to Glenwood and the Catwalk National Trail.
Grabbed my walking stick (sure happy I brought it) and headed out up the trail. The trail stats as a paved trail. At one place, there is option to continue the paved, easier trail or a dirt, steeper trail. I opted to say on the paved trail.
It was a bit of a hike up the trails before the catwalk starts. Several times I thought of stopping and just heading back. But, with a rest (unfortunately no benched along the trail) I persevered. Eventually I got to the catwalk. Continues the catwalk trail until in ends with a ground level trail. /
Packed up the room and went back to the Wrangler for dinner. Had their French Dip with side of potato salad washed down with 2 pints of Amber Bock. Back at the motel, I crashed into bed.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Spend the $5 to enter the museum. Most was filled with artifacts in this part of the country. In a separate room they have a display of live rattlesnakes and a couple other desert snakes, even a Gila Monster!
Nothing that interesting to photograph so I went into their garden. Took several photos of cacti flowers.
At the highway, I had seen a sign to a National Monument 35 miles over in Arizona. At the museum, they told me the road there is "iffy". Paved for about 15 miles, the gravel with some rough area. I decided to drive the paved area and then head the tourist route back towards Silver City.
Later, I learned that a college friend and his husband were in the same National Monument today. They live in Florida, would have been nice to see them.
Dinner this evening was at the Little Toad Creek Brewery downtown Silver City. They had a good "Copper Ale". Food was a bacon-cheeseburger with fries.
Friday, May 4, 2018
After almost 2 hours from leaving my motel, I arried at the Visitor's Center. The ranger gave me some recommends understanding my knee problems. Even with that, I had problems. I just headed a few yards down one of the trails and had to turn back because I coulde not catch my breath. There should not the problem - considering I live at 5500 ft and the Monument is a little over 6000. But I had bip problems for some reason.
Gave up and drove 15 all the way back to Silver City. This route is a twisting, wooded mountain road all the way to Pinos Altos. Easy drive rest of the way to town.
Rested at the motel for a while. Headed back to Pinos Alsos to the Buckhorn for dinner. Had two bottle os Amber Fat Tire with a bacon-cheeseburger with a salad.
The Buckhorn is an old, historic building with the town;w opera house attached. One of the staff showed me way to the opera house and I was left there to take some photos. Thating able to take photos in the old opera house saved the day,
Back at the motel, check the route to the far SW of New Nexico to Rodeo to look at the museum there that I had been recommended.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
In Chloride I tourist the museum and store then. Spend so time visited with the "owner", a life-long resident of Chloride. Her grandfather was born in Wisconsin and published his memoirs "Confessions of a Wisconsin Farmm Boy". Sure sounded like I have been working on,
Drove through, but not stopp, in Hillsboro and Kingston. I noticed that the General Store and Cafe in Hillsboro was not open - just hope it has not gone out of business. On up the Black Range. Stopped at a view area. There was a display about the Silver City forest fire.
Since I had time, I detoured to "City of Rocks" State Park. Purchased my annual state park pass.The park is mostly camping spots and some hiking and mountain bike trails. Interesting rock formations out in the New Mexico desert. Shot many photos of the rock outcropping.
Was thinking of picking up a t-shirt at the sate park, but after I paid for my annual pass, they basically ignored me, They talked among themselves not paying any attention to me.From City of Rocks,
Checked into the Motel 6 in Silver CityIt was great - then gave me a room very near the lobby and entrance. Settled into the room and then headed to Wrangler Grill & Bar. Had 2 pints of Amber Bock and their taco plate. Had a nice conversation with a local "snowbird" Spends Winters in Silcer Cioty and Summers next to Acadia National Park.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Packed up the car this morning. Attended the "geezer" lunch at Rio Rancho Blue Grasshopper. Ended having the 7" meat lover's pizza, washing it down with 2 pints of Sunrise Amber.
From there, I headed down the road to T or C (Truth or Consequences) and checked into my motel. Was surprised that my laptop would not power-up - no power. Walmart was very close (I hated to have to rely on Walmart). They had the la[top charger stuff I needed.
Very windy driving today. Tis the windy season for New Mexico.
Checking a couple ghost towns and driving the scenic route to Silver City is on the agenda for tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Not looking forward to trying to cook (heat up) something for lunch. Decided to check out Ohare's Grill & Pub at Southern and 528 in Rio Rancho. Had the "half-french dip" with waffle fries and a pint of Sierra Amber Ale. I will be back to sample more food at this place!.
BTW, it looks like the Fat Squirrel has closed.(update 0 at lunch today I learned then are just closed to do some remodeling)
BTW, it looks like the Fat Squirrel has closed.(update 0 at lunch today I learned then are just closed to do some remodeling)
Thursday, April 26, 2018
My suit(s) did not fit me. Forgot to pack my blazer when I moved. Today I headed out to Cavenders Western Store and picked up a jacket. I think it will go well with my cats (black, brown& and straw, with various western shirts, and blue, black, or beige jeans. And the option of bolo tie or sans tie.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Has been a busy day. Ham Radio breakfast/coffee, INR check, Boot Barn, and Cavender's.
I have problems getting out of the western stores without at least shirts or boots. Today was no exception. Picked up some short-sleeve western shirts, a belt buckle, and a pair of boots at Boot Barn. Did not see anything I could not do without at Cavender's.
Here are the new boots and the appropriate buckle for me. Just in time to wear to dinner and a couple beers this evening.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The ale was palatable, but I have had better. The fries seemed to be good - firm, crispy on the outside, but a bit soft on the inside. The beef patty was cooked the way I like then - medium well. I did not like the pickle spear parts in the sandwich. I would have preferred the pickle on the side which many other places have done.
We were presented out checks on a computer table. I was just told the total and the server swiped my credit card. I could choose my tip and then sign the check with my finger. I did not get any paper copy of my check. I would have liked to have a paper copy for my records (like what I had and what it was called for this blog).
I cannot recommend this establishment for lunch. In addition to the things about the food that I did not like, not getting a paper copy of my bill was most disturbing. I would have liked to see the changes. The on-line menu shows the sandwich is $11, but no price for the pint of beer.
Next week's lunch is planned to be at Monks in the downtown area of Albuquerque. Not sure that I will make that luncheon because of it's distance from my house.