September 30, 2011
While we were on our driving trip through New Mexico, Bill had a couple of days of business meetings at the NRA Whittington Center facility near Raton, New Mexico. We stayed in one of the Founder's Cabins there at the center, and it was as nice as any fine hotel you've ever stayed in. This 30,000+ acre facility is beautiful and there are lots of deer, antelop, cougars and elk.
This is the view from the front porch of our cabin where we had our morning coffee. This shot was taken in the late afternoon, hence the golden light - and there are deer in the brush just beyond the fence that you can't see in this photo. Tomorrow I will post a shot of one that came out from behind the trees right after this shot was taken. Check this out in X2.
The Whittington Center is a well kept secret, but it is gaining in popularity with many corporate groups and sports shooters alike. There is no game hunting here, but there are more than 50 target shooting ranges, camping sites, cabins and a wonderful museum. There's a deserted mining town, in Van Houten Canyon that you can tour. Many of the foundations of the old town buildings and mine entries are still visable. The center is open to the public.
This is the historical country of the likes of legends like Kit Carson and Jim Bridger and the Ute Indian tribe. Looking at the hills in the horizon can't you just imagine that a raiding party could be camped up there watching us? At night it was so purely dark that the milky way was so clear and close that it felt as if you could almost touch it. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the adventure of exploring the place while we were there for two days.
Have a fantastic day!!!
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