Do you seek out bookstores in new cities? It’s one of my passions. I discovered a new one on our recent visit to Cloudcroft New Mexico. For a desert rat it was a beautiful afternoon. The skies opened and the rain was falling in sheets. First we decided to escape to the Cloud Cafe on Burro Avenue.
We ordered a piece of homemade peach pie with a side of whipped cream. A nice cup of hot black coffee to complete this delicious stop over. We took the pie outside and enjoyed the cool air and the sounds of falling rain. One of the owner’s children came out and asked if we wanted to come inside and eat. We thanked him and said this is perfect. We knew the next day we would be headed to 100 plus degree temps for weeks to come. We were soaking up the cool 58 degrees. Why did we leave? I have been asking myself that question for weeks. After the pie we walked around the corner and I spied a sign for a bookstore.
This sign was in the window and located on the second floor. I went up the steps and saw this great poster.
I still have my first chapter book, Heidi. I remember begging my mother for it. It was the first of a series on sale at the A&P Supermarket in Pittsburgh Pa. I never got the rest of them, but Heidi has traveled with me to many places. Where will she end up when I am gone?
I turned a corner and here was a sign above the doorway.
Inside books were everywhere. Current best sellers, older books and of course some local books too. The owner had been a school teacher and opened this store almost six years ago. As he told me, he’s not getting rich, but he’s keeping the doors opened. That is a lot to be said for the small independent businessperson today and especially a bookstore.
There were two rooms jammed with titles. It really is true, so many books, so little time. Now days I get all my current fiction from the library and buy more non-fiction type books. With seven walls of bookcases, I need to be a little more selective.
Cloudcroft exist today because of the develop of the railroad through Southern New Mexico. I discovered the perfect local book. Apparently it’s hard to keep in stock. The history of railroads and their impact on our country is a fascinating story. I paid for my purchase and headed back downstairs and outside.
That beautiful rain was still coming down. Time to explore more of the little shops of Burro Avenue, under the roof of the covered boardwalk and enjoy the cool temperatures. Did you know there’s a golf course in Cloudcroft? It opened in 1899, is 9000 feet above sea level and on the first hole you have a 150 foot vertical drop off from the tee. Have you visited Cloudcroft?