Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | May 21, 2012

Gila Cliff Dwellings and other stuff…

My Bad.

I’ve neglected this blog for the past few weeks, so today I am making a point of getting back on the posting bandwagon….

With the increase of daylight and warmer weather, we are more active and spend lots of time outdoors, so the fall and winter schedule of hours spent in front of the computer has been greatly diminished.

All is well here in T or C. The garden is flourishing in spite of the wind and sun ~ we have already enjoyed fresh basil pesto, and are eating ripe, red, tasty homegrown tomatoes!

The boat is resting comfortable in its slip at the Dam Site Marina at Elephant Butte Lake…

…and we have met some fun and interesting folks who make the marina their home.

We spend our days off hanging out on the boat, staying moored in the comfortable shade of the covered slip, and fishing from that spot.

Friday, May 11th, “Me and My Baby” played at the Ivory Tusk Tavern at the Elephant Butte Inn, for a truly wonderful audience. Lots of nice comments after the show, and it was our first time to see our name on authentic “beer-sponsored posters” at the door!

Last Friday, May 18th, found us playing at Cafe Groovy Gritz in T or C.

Thanks to our ever-growing group of friends and fans who support us in our efforts to keep the great songs from the 50’s and 60’s alive and well in our minds and hearts….and thanks to the venues who open their doors to us.

A few posts back, I promised to share some photos of our trip to the Gila Cliff Dwellings with friends, Dean and Barbara, who are now back at their Douglass, Kansas, antique shop ~ “Antiques and Americana”.

Our one-day trip to and from “The Gila” was fun and exhausting, but well worth the effort and short but taxing hike up to the ancient home of a Puebloan people who inhabited these natural caves for only about 25-35 years, more than 700 years ago.

Any trip to southwest New Mexico should include a stop here….the scenery on the drive up into the mountains is spectacular….

….and the caves are amazing.

There are actual corn cobs found at the Cliff Dwelling site,  in the stick basket resting on the floor in this photo.

I could go on and on about this place, and the “wonderings” that pop up in your mind as you stand there on the same ground that the Puebloan people walked on, and gaze out at the same rock cliffs and trees that made up the spectacular view from this place.

All I can say is that it is humbling and exhilarating at the same time….if you visit, plan to camp or lodge nearby, so you can also take advantage of the many natural hot springs found in the area.



  1. We were wondering what happened to you. We thought you might be on a trip or just hanging out on the boat in the lake. Would love to have some of those delicious looking tomatoes.

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