Unexpected Discoveries

Image of the Day – Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rayne at Smokey the Bear Marker in New Mexico

Rayne at Smokey the Bear Marker in New Mexico

I love roadside markers. When on vacation or in no hurry otherwise I’m prone to pull over to the side of the road and read the historical markers most people never seem to notice along their paths. This marker is unusual because we used another marker to get us to this place.

While on our way to Three Rivers Petroglyphs in New Mexico we spotted a large roadside marker and stopped to discover we were in Lincoln County, New Mexico which is home of the Lincoln County Wars made famous in the movie, “Young Guns”. Billy the Kid had roamed the very hills and mountains around us. The temptation was too much and we quickly re-routed our day trip to pass through the town of Lincoln.

Our visit to Lincoln is another story I’m sure I’ll get around too but in today’s picture we’d left Lincoln and not far out of town we noticed another marker and stopped. It was near the spot where Rayne is standing in this picture that firefighters found an injured bear cub clinging to a burned out tree and thus was born the legend of “Smokey the Bear” (only you can prevent forest fires!).

The bear cub was actually found in the Lincoln National Forest in a valley that’s in the V-shaped part of the mountain range in the background.

Simply be stopping to read a single roadside marker we unexpectedly visited two places where American legends were born by simply taking a 30-mile detour through beautiful and enchanting New Mexico and both were welcome unplanned additions to what would turn out to be a fascinating and interesting day.

Next time you have a few minutes or just need to stretch your legs on a long trip stop at a few roadside markers to do so. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find right under your feet.

~ by rfoxx on June 17, 2009.

2 Responses to “Unexpected Discoveries”

  1. It should be noted here that ‘Smokey’ was found by a group of Native American forestry Firefighters.

  2. I stand corrected… thank you.

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