Thursday, April 17, 2014

4/16-4/17 Our Elk Family Welcomes Us.

(Tucumcari, NM)

On the road to Tucumcari! 

We headed to Tucumcari, NM today and we’ll stay at the Elks Lodge there.

On the way we saw the biggest roadrunner we’ve already seen!


As if that wasn’t enough we had the pleasure of viewing the largest pistachio.


We played a game of leap frog with this train.  It would pass us and then we would pass train.  It got to the point the engineer and I were waving at each other.  When I took the picture below we were pulled over on the road so Bob could check on something and when the engineer saw me with the camera I got a wave and short blast from the whistle.

A going down the road picture.

Who could not enjoy a trip across America with views like this?


We arrived in Tucumcari without incident and got set up and settled in at the Elks Lodge #1172.


After relaxing for a bit we went over to the lodge for some adult beverage and a soda for me.

It never fails that when we walk into the lodge whoever is sitting at the bar sends out a hearty welcome, introduces their self and extends their hand.  Every single person.  Every single time.  This is our third time here now and the welcome never changes. 

We’ve come to recognize some people from time to time and were disappointed the gentleman we know as “The Judge” wasn’t here.  I asked about him and was assured he would be in shortly.  Sure enough, he came through the door at the suggested time.  He remembered us and introduced us to his lovely wife.  He had gotten married since the last time we were here.

We met another nice gentleman who is a cattle rancher and Bob enjoyed a long conversation with him.  In fact, the next time we come through he even invited us to his home for a steak dinner. 

On Thursday we ventured out to the grocery store and the bank.  It was back to the Lodge for dinner as tonight is hamburger night and everyone knows how much I love hamburgers!  I have to tell you, this was one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever had and I’m a connoisseur of hamburgers!

As usual, everyone was very friendly and welcoming and helpful.

I guess it doesn’t matter if you are in your home Lodge or not, all Elks are family!

Thank you for the hospitality Lodge 1172!

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