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Waymarking.com is a part of Geocaching. There is a free version and a premium version with more “perks”. I have settled for the free version for now.

Waymarking is a treasure hunt of the photographic kind. They give you the GPS coordinates and you find the item waymarked. You record your find with a photo and you post your photo to the waymarking website to log it. These types of geocaches used to be called Virtuals but they discontinued that and created waymarking instead. Many interesting places are too “public” to hide a geocache. With waymarking you can still enjoy the hunt and see some pretty unique things. There are many mundane things like McDonalds, etc but I’m not interested in recording my stop there. Maybe if I visited one in China that would be cool, but on the whole I’m interested in other stuff.

Okay back to the hunt. You can enter just a city and state and waymarking will provide a list all the waymarks in the area. Great for when you are traveling and want to see what might be there. Waymarking has categories that are great for that.

• German-American Heritage Sites
• Official Local Tourism Attractions
• Roadside Attractions
• U.S. National Register of Historic Places
• Scenic Roadside Look-Outs

If you enter your home city, you may have visited some waymarks already. Most locations have places like these:

• This Old Church
• Cathedrals
• Antique Hotels
• Courthouses
• Carnegie Library Buildings
• Vintage Movie Theaters
• Water Towers (the one at Oatmeal, TX is painted like a box of oatmeal)
• Historic Forts
• Civilian Conservation Corps (anything constructed by the CCC)
• Fountains
• Oddball Museums (like the toilet seat one in San Antonio, TX)

If you have these type places and they aren’t listed you can usually add a waymark to the website. Each category has a list of specifications you must meet to get your item added. They don’t all have the same requirements. They do all require, however, the GPS coordinates for the location.

Other than those already listed above my own personal favorite categories of waymarks are:

1. Bridges

o Truss Bridges
o Suspension Bridges

2. Art

o Mosaic
o Mural
o Photo Cutouts (Don’t you just love putting your head in them!)
o Gargoyles

3. Statues and Sculptures

o Musician Statues
o Statues of Historic Figures
o Abstract Public Sculptures (Chihuly glass is my favorites in this category)
o Famous Fictional Figures
o Figurative Public Sculpture (ones that represent a topic like “Cowboy” rather than an actual person)
o Bear Statues
o School Mascots
o Relief Art Sculptures
o Epic Beings and Creatures (Mermaids, trolls, pixies, etc)

4. Gardens

o Sculpture Gardens
o Arboretums

5. Miscellaneous

o Veteran’s Memorials (there are subcategories for Civil War, Korea, Vietnam, etc)
o Eternal Flames
o Grave of a Famous Person
o Abandoned Train Tunnels
o Superlatives (Oldest, Tallest, Longest, etc)
o Neon Signs
o Carousels

Hope if you enjoy photography and travel that you will join the waymarking.com community.  It is a great hobby.

After Capitan we continued on to Lincoln, NM.  Lincoln is the  former stomping grounds of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.  It was here that Billy the Kid broke out of jail for the last time.  On his way back from a visit to the outhouse, Billy overpowered and shot his guard, killing him.  When U. S. Marshall Bob Ollinger  heard the gunfire he raced toward the courthouse and was killed in the middle of the street by two shotgun blasts.

Courthouse Billy the Kid escaped from.

Courthouse Billy the Kid escaped from.

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Can’t imagine hiding in here during an Indian attack.

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Looking at the inside.  Door is barred, you can’t go inside.

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Now the priest's house for the church next door.

Now the priest’s house for the church next door.

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The 1887 La Iglesia de San Juan-Bautista Mission is still serving parishioners today

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After the Turkey Canyon Trail hike we set out letterboxing which took us to  Capitan, NM.  As we entered town these cats caught our eye and we had to go back and take some pictures.

Cauight my eye

Caught my eye first.

Cute cats

Cute cats

Like be one in back the best.

Like be one in back the best.

We continued on to the restaurant which had really good food.  We took pictures out front.

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We continued on over to the Smokey the Bear Park and Museum.

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We toured the displays, watched a movie and visited Smokey’s grave.

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There is a nice little garden with a waterfall.

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There were other bears in the area.

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DSCF0003We enjoyed our visit.  It was well worth the $2.00 entry fee.  If you are ever in the area, stop by.  There is a second building next door with lots of old time Smokey the Bear items.

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After hiking the Argentina Canyon Trail we were fortunate enough to get to take a tour of the Spencer Theater.

 

It was visible from quite a distance.

It was visible from quite a distance.

Pretty gated entrance.

Pretty gated entrance.

The other side of the gate.

The other side of the gate.

View from the gate.

View from the gate.

This is a fountain, but it wasn't running.

This is a fountain, but it wasn’t running.

Approaching from the valet parking area.

Approaching from the valet parking area.

Glassed in portion.

Glassed in portion.

It is a 514-seat landmark performing arts center north of Ruidoso, NM.  It was designed by Antoine Predock, and opened October 1997.  It is a year round venue of major touring Broadway, dance or musical performances.  It has outstanding acoustics which they explain on the tour.  The theater is decorated with glass created by Dale Chihuly.

 

GLOWING SUNSET TOWER, a 14-foot glass tower of squiggling bows of red and orange. The sculpture dominates the theater’s Crystal Lobby.

GLOWING SUNSET TOWER, a 14-foot glass tower of squiggling bows of red and orange. The sculpture dominates the theater’s Crystal Lobby.

Red Hot Poker flowers (lengths of 1.4-feet to 4.3-feet) of yellow and red that launch from two stone bases in the theater’s atrium.

Red Hot Poker flowers (lengths of 1.4-feet to 4.3-feet) of yellow and red that launch from two stone bases in the theater’s atrium.

The tour took us onstage (not much to photograph there) and then backstage to the prop room.

 

Prop left behind

Prop left behind

Another prop left behind

Another prop left behind

We continued to the dressing rooms. The hallway leading to this area was signed by the artists that performed here.

 

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Chihuly didn't perform here, but he signed the wall.

Chihuly didn’t perform here, but he signed the wall.

 

The tour continued upstairs to the balcony area.

COBALT BLUE BASKETS:  six bowl-like baskets are held within the womb of an 18-inch wide, cobalt blue mother basket.

COBALT BLUE BASKETS: six bowl-like baskets are held within the womb of an 18-inch wide, cobalt blue mother basket.

On display in 2nd floor lobby.

On display in 2nd floor lobby.

Painting in the 2nd floor lobby.

Painting in the 2nd floor lobby.

An award

An award

THE PERSIANS - massive burst of fireworks. Located along the upper crystal lobby wall, the 36-piece display is a bright mosaic of colors.

THE PERSIANS – massive burst of fireworks. Located along the upper crystal lobby wall, the 36-piece display is a bright mosaic of colors.

A different angle.

A different angle.

A closeup.

A closeup.

Another view.

Another view.

Looking down on the 1st floor lobby from the 2nd floor.

Looking down on the 1st floor lobby from the 2nd floor.

Our tour continued to the exclusive Founder’s Room and loggia on the second floor of the theater where  more Chihuly glass is displayed.

 

RUBY SEA GARDEN - rippling tentacles of ruby glass

RUBY SEA GARDEN – rippling tentacles of ruby glass

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RUBY CHANDELLIER

RUBY CHANDELIER

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We returned to the second floor lobby and had our picture made with THE PERSIANS.

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Another view looking down before we leave.

One last look down before we leave.

Stairway to the second floor.
Stairway to the second floor.

Normally tours are every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m.  To find out more contact them at:  (888) 818-7872

 

After hiking the Argentina Canyon Trail we headed out to take a tour of Spencer Theater.  We were about an hour early so we continued on toward Fort Stanton.  Before reaching Ft. Stanton we arrived at this Cemetery and stopped to look around.

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When I looked it up on Google I learned that Fort Stanton was acquired by the U.S. Public Health Service in 1899.  It was here that sailors and merchant mariners were sent for treatment of Tuberculosis.   1,500 of whom are buried in the Maritime Cemetery on a hillside overlooking the Fort.

 

As we arrived in Ruidoso we saw the wonderful horses on display along the highway and stopped.  These horses are called “Free Spirits at Noisy Water”.

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Next door was a museum with these horses out front.

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Across the street is the “Billy the Kid Scenic Byways Visitor Information Center.”   We went inside and got some brochures and looked around.

Mosiac tile mural on outside wall.

Mosiac tile mural on outside wall.

Painted mural inside.

Painted mural inside.

Smokey the bear cutout.

Smokey the bear cutout.

OId ski lift car?

OId ski lift car?

This bear statue is located in the men's restroom

This bear statue is located in the men’s restroom

Painted mural on outside.

Painted mural on outside.

Another piece of mosic tile mural.

Another piece of mosic tile mural.

We saw a carving store and stopped to look.

We visited the Dolan Mill but it wasn’t open.

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We passed through Hondo on our way to Ruidoso.  We stopped at the Hondo Iris Garden.

Old church next to the garden.

Old church next to the garden.

Metal donkey

Metal donkey

Metal dog

Metal dog

Ornate door on the gift shop.

Ornate door on the gift shop.

Wall hanging

Wall hanging

Iris weren't blooming but the Cosmos was.

Iris weren’t blooming but the Cosmos was.

Potted plants

Potted plants

Wood doll

Wood doll

We also stopped at a log carving spot nearby.  Cedric Lucero was very friendly and chatted with us a good deal about his carvings.  I wish we’d had room in the car to take a carving with us.

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