Day 238: Cache Flash

Laetitia took her group to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for some hiking and wildlife viewing. They found it a lovely area with rivers, lakes, rock cliffs, and grasslands with buffalo herds. The refuge is close to Fort Sill, where the famous Apache chief Geronimo is buried. Late that evening, the group arrived in Cache, where they were spending the evening. Cache is a small Oklahoma city of about 2,400 inhabitants.

In the motel bar during happy hour, Laetitia watched a man circulating among the crowd. He seemed very popular. When the bartender noticed that Laetitia was watching the man work the crowd, he said, “That’s Bob. He just inherited a lot of money when his father died. He’s popular with the ladies right now because he has a new car and is a big spender. But his cash won’t last long at the rate he’s spending it. He’ll find that he’s not so popular when it runs out.” Laetitia smiled and thanked the bartender. He had given her the limerick of the day.

Bob thought that the ladies of Cache
Found attractive his looks and panache
But it wasn’t his charms
That drew them in swarms
‘Twas the fact he was rolling in cash.

Day 224: Horse Sense

One of the larger cities in New Mexico,—Las Cruces, “The City of the Crosses”—has about 94,000 inhabitants. It is a scenic city, situated on a relatively flat plain with the Organ Mountains, ten miles away, serving as a backdrop. It is home to Mexico State University and is a popular destination for retirees from the north who want to spend their retirement years without snow. Laetitia and her group toured Old Mesilla, just south of Las Cruces. Historically, it was a major stopping point for those traveling between San Diego and San Antonio.

Billy the Kid once was tried for two murders in Mesilla. He was convicted of one and acquitted of the other. One of the interesting things on display there is the barber chair where Billy had his hair cut before the trial. With its adobe church built in 1855 and other historic buildings, the town has a nineteenth-century southwestern flavor.

Las Cruces is in horse country, and that was the subject of happy hour conversation. It provided the limerick of the day.

For riding companions, Rose chooses
Just a few of the men from Las Cruces
Caring not for panache
Nor oodles of cash
She prefers men who ride appaloosas.