|Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino, Ruidoso, NM|
The path started across the street from the Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino. There is a large parking lot on the hillside with easy access to the paved path. Not much marking was required on this walk because it is an out-and-back on a fitness path. No other trails deviate off of it.
|Intro area for the Fit Trail|
|Indian paintbrush in bloom|
|Susan marked the 5k turn-around|
|Disclaimer about the trail...no ADA.|
Grades are 8-13%.
|Mescalero Fitness Path trail|
|Heed the elk warning signs!|
|Windy! We're almost back to Susan's van.|
|Great view of Apache Mountain!|
For the last hour of our fitness walk, my stomach was growling like crazy. When Susan suggested we eat lunch at the buffet, I was convinced that would be the best place for lunch today.
The first welcome to Inn at the Mountain Gods Casino...
|Entry circle for hotel registration|
|Art in a hallway|
|"Sacred Crown Dancers" or "Mountain God Spirits"?|
|"Mountain God Spirits" sculpture|
|Line for the lunch buffet at the casino|
|Buffet restaurant interior|
The dessert presentations were like something out of a 5-star restaurant. I swooned over the Strawberry Cake. It had layers of sponge cake, one layer of chocolate mousse, and whipped cream topping. It was soooo good! The Eclair looked amazing, but I only ate half of it. It was just okay.
After lunch, we looked around the casino. It is gorgeous. The view from the two-story atrium is jaw-dropping
|View of lake & Apache Mountain from two-story atrium.|
|Fountain that looks like a woven basket in the atrium.|
|Lobby overlooking the lake.|
|Fireplace in the lobby|
|Lori Belin Marin painting from 1997|
That was a long drive through, as Bob likes to say, "a lot of nothin' to get to somethin'." When we were about 40 miles from the VLA, Susan's phone started ringing. She didn't want to answer it because she didn't recognize the number. They called twice and she let the call go to voicemail. Then a call came in from the AVA Headquarters. They wanted to let her know Security from Inn at the Mountain Gods Casino called. She had left her purse with driver's license and all her credit cards in the buffet dining room. Yikes!
She tried calling Security back and, as she was talking to them, she lost the signal on her phone. Not much we could do about it at this point.
To be continued in Part 2...