By Robbi Ross, photos and editing by Mark Wing
The third day was a Mode T tour day, with everyone driving to the nearby town of Los Ojos for a visit to the Tierra Wools co-op. At Tierra Wools, local residents process wool into yarn and weave items like clothing, blankets, and rugs. Included on the tour were yarn spinning, dyeing, and weaving demonstrations. They also have a showroom where their high-quality and hand-made products are on sale. Across the street from them is a family run business – Otra Vuelta Tire Recycling where they turn old tires into door mats. Their finished products are colorful and playful, with the addition of colored plastic beads. Several club members bought mats to bring home as functional souvenirs.
Our next stop was lunch at the Three Ravens Coffee House in Tierra Amarilla. The Three Ravens is well know for excellent food and musical entertainment. After a lunch of pizza and salad, were treated to presentation on the history of Tierra Amarilla and the nature of Land Grant disputes, as told by one of the Mexican Land Grant descendants.
The last night of our tours are always special as we get dressed up and select a nice restaurant to imbibe, eat and celebrate the completion of another fun Tin Lizzie tour. Our dinner destination on this Saturday evening in Chama was at the High Country Restaurant. The restaurant owner, Che` Johnson, hired a “wildlife” photographer to take pictures, stating he thought we were a little wild. Che` also donated one of our prizes for the photo contest. Inside, we were seated at several tables while drinks, food and fun flowed freely.
The fashions for the evening seemed to be fringe and layers for the ladies. Hats and fascinators ruled the heads of men and women alike. We were a conspicuous, though well-dressed bunch, and many of the other diners were fascinated by our period apparel.
The tour was a great success! Thank you to Bob and Robbi Ross, Paul and Marilyn Duncan, and Dave Ferro and Laura Kammerer for organizing such a memorable and scenic trip!