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March 2015

Bataan death march, year #2

22 March 2015

sunny 70 °F

This years Bataan death march was a bit different. #1 we only did the 14.2 event and walked it and #2 it was not so cold. It still took a really long time to start the event. We heard from the Philippine ambassador to the U.S., had a fly over by a medevac helicopter and got to shake hands with survivors. We finished in about 4.5 hours and had plenty of time to relax and have our food at the end.
Before the march

Before the march

Bataan flag

Bataan flag

Bag pipers

Bag pipers

Huge flag

Huge flag

The crowd

The crowd

Curt marching

Curt marching

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Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso, New Mexico

13-15 March 2015

sunny

Inn of the Mountain Gods

Inn of the Mountain Gods


I felt very blessed to have a few days off work over my birthday so we went to Ruidoso, New Mexico to the Inn of the Mountain Gods to celebrate the occasion.
view from hotel

view from hotel

another view from room

another view from room


On the way up we drive through Alamogordo and stopped at Pistacchio land which is marked by what has to be the Worlds Largest Pistacchio! I really just wanted a picture of that but as it happens there is also really good pistacchio brittle inside the shop.
pistachioland

pistachioland


Parking for nuts only

Parking for nuts only


As with every casino we had the opportunity to gorge on the buffets and watch our money go down the drain of the slot machine. There was also a nice pool and hot tub we made use of on the first day.
slot machine win

slot machine win

slot machine winnings

slot machine winnings


Ruidoso is a mountain town so hiking is priority for a lot of people. There was a trail from the visitors center that ran along a stream that we checked out before doing with hike of the shops along main street. I was excited to see that I could get my very own alien for only $25!
aliens for sale

aliens for sale


Ruidoso River Trail

Ruidoso River Trail

walking the line

walking the line

River trail

River trail

Noisy water winery

Noisy water winery


A six mile out and back hiking trail also set off from the hotel and runs along the road but still offers pretty views of the mountais.
prehike photo

prehike photo

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