Category Archives: Oddities

Miracles are here – The Shrine of the Infant Baby Jesus

Infant Jesus Shrine - Hurley New Mexico
Infant Jesus Catholic Church – Hurley, New Mexico
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Sanctuary and Gift shop too – Hurley New Mexico

When in the Southwest and in the southwestern part of New Mexico there are so many wide spots in the road to choose from. Hurley is one such wide spot in the road. When coming from Silver City, New Mexico traveling down the 180 towards Deming, if you get off the 180 in North Hurley and take North Hurley Road into Hurley, one can witness a town that time, history, and the economy have left behind. It looks pretty run down and time has not been kind. The town of Hurley is exactly 640 acres. Interesting as 640 acres is exactly one square mile. It seemed to me as if the mining company set aside one square mile or one section of land for the town. Note on the map the city is almost square.  As a side note around Hurley were several locations  for shooting scenes of the 2013 move Lone Ranger. A very minimal claim to fame. Now, you may ask ‘Charley what are you doing here?’ That is a good question. With relatives in Silver City, the world’s best chiles in Hatch, New Mexico and an excellent chili roaster in Hurley, I end up on the 180 several times a year. Lets face it – I love side roads, great chiles, and Continue reading Miracles are here – The Shrine of the Infant Baby Jesus

Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge

While cruising along Interstate Highway 10 heading east, just past New Orleans and a bit beyond Biloxi, I noticed signs for the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge.

Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge
Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge

Well for me there are two very important items in that title. First the word National tells me that this may be a whole lot more than a patch of swamp land with a few alligators and a flock of birds. Second the words Wildlife Refuge. I love wildlife, and I love refuge. So this is a must stop, that is all there is!  Easy to find and just a few miles off the highway is the Visitor Center. A good place to start, for sure.  Continue reading Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge

Fort Funston

Fort Funston - California Coast
Fort Funston Coastline Panorama

Driving down the Great Highway as one follows the road along the far west of the city of San Francisco beaches abound and parking is scarce. Vistas of the ocean are everywhere, and one wonders what the rents might be on ocean facing apartments or even the cost of the homes viewing the ocean. Dream on. Dream on. The Great Highway ends in a few miles and Skyline Boulevard continues along the coast. One comes by Lake Merced on the east side of the road and on the ocean side is Fort Funston. It does not look like a Fort. There do not seem to be any military buildings. Wait, the sign says Fort Funston National Park. Continue reading Fort Funston

Telles Family Shrine

Telles Family Shrine
Telles Family Shrine

Telles Family Shrine

After leaving the Tumacacori National Historic Park near Tubac, Arizona (more about that in another post) we turned south on US Highway 19 towards Rio Rico and Nogales eager to use a cutoff tip we had received from the Park Ranger who was ever so polite, helpful, and full of stories.

We caught the cutoff and reconnected to New Mexico Highway 82 towards Patagonia and then on to Benson to get back on to US Highway 10 to continue our jaunt to Anet’s sisters place in Silver City, New Mexico.

As we travel it is our habit to stop and read the roadside historical markers. Continue reading Telles Family Shrine

Center for Disease Control Museum

As many of you know by now I love to find, explore and enjoy odd little museums. Well the Center for Disease Control Museum in Atlanta is one that could take the cake.  The staff or the CDC and it’s history is amazing. The many wonderful things this group has done to improve our planet await you inside. The diseases they have stopped. The places they have gone and the circumstances they have faced will humble most. It would be unthinkable for me to approach problems of this type. They discover, understand and come up with plans to cure and stop disease Continue reading Center for Disease Control Museum