One of the great things about RV’ing is that you get to see a lot of villages, towns and cities all across this great country of ours. In doing so, you have the opportunity to dig into some of the local activities that every community, large and small, offer. I’m not talking about the touristy sites, tours and museums. I am talking about what the locals are doing, activities that they participate in. Things like Barbara and I did last Saturday here in Alamogordo, New Mexico; The Veteran’s Day Parade and a Chili Cook-off.
The following photos with captions represent a very enjoyable day for the two of us.
The start of the parade.
Local Police led the way.
Air Force was well represented.
Can you think of any better name for a mayor?!!
I am not ashamed to say I got a bit teary-eyed here.
Support for the men and women in blue was everywhere!
A large contingency of Mustangs were there. Loved them all!
The goat wasn't all that thrilled to be paraded around!
Not sure what school this is, but the mascot was a bear.
Turned around and there he was. Whew! That was close!
More of our mighty warriors.
Even the dog is a patriot!
What would a parade be without motorcycles...
.... and Classic Trucks?
The Fire Department with sirens blaring signaled the end of the parade.
A nice lady handed this card to me. Felt good to be recognized for duty served.
After the Veteran's Day Parade, we strolled over to Alameda Park to take a look at the Chili Cook-off. We didn't sample any of the chilis. It cost to do so, plus just the names scared the heck out of us!
A pretty day for a Chili Cook-off.
Lots of activities and vendors.
They'll put chilis in anything!
Great entertainment. His name is C W Ayon. Great Blues.
We finished up our day with a trip up into the mountains for a little sightseeing.
Vista view near Cloudcroft, NM
Wherever you're visiting, I'd like to encourage to get away from the touristy stuff and blend in with the locals, doing the things that they love to do, year after year.