Jen’s Journal – November 23, 2019

Day 147: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, NM

Sunny and cool.

Today was a busy day as we learned about three historical characters.

We stayed at the Oliver Lee Memorial campground because it was near the White Sands National Monument. The campground offered a tour of Oliver Lee’s ranch so we checked it out. Oliver Lee started a ranch in the wild West days. He acquired some open meadow land, had a huge horse and cattle ranch, was tried for murder and ended up a state senator.

We took the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway and learned about Billy‘s life. Billy had a bad start in life and it didn’t get much better, as he killed eight people and ended up being killed by the authorities here at the age of 21. This is just a building in Lincoln, New Mexico.

At the Smokey Bear Historic park in Capitan, New Mexico, we learned that after a large fire in the area a poor little bear cub was found badly burned in a tree. He was rescued and became the poster child for fire prevention in 1950. He lived 26 years.

Wishing to experience local culinary delights, we tracked down the Green Chili Cheeseburger of New Mexico. We shared one at Oso Restaurant in Capitan. This was a prize-winning version of the chili cheeseburger and it was a really really good burger.

I almost forgot to mention the pistachios. We went to a winery and pistachio farm, bought some stuff, and got to see the world’s largest pistachio nut! I don’t think it’s real.

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