Sunday in Silver City
Silver City is a GEM!
On Sunday, we had to zero because we had to go the post office on Monday. We had to send a resupply to Pie Town because they don’t have a grocery store. A major difference between the AT and the CDT is logistics. On the AT, we could go into town every few days. Five days was a stretch. On the CDT, the distances between towns are longer, and sometimes there just aren’t stores with adequate resupply, so we send ourselves food.
As we walked into town, I was delighted by the many murals, sculptures, and shops that lined the main street. We went in search of the Gila Hike & Bike because we needed a new fuel canister for our stove. When we arrived, we met Erika,
who has lived in many places, but she knew Silver City like the back of her hand. She recommended a number of places to eat and visit. We were so happy to meet her and her recommendations were great.
Our first stop was the Jumping Cactus for coffee. We sat outside on the porch, and we just soaked in this awesome little college town.
Silver City is home to Western New Mexico University. There is also a great co-op, several art galleries, and a second-hand market that had everything from clothing to records to pottery.
We walked around the town visiting art galleries, and we learned about the Silver City Art Association. There are red circles with the word ART written in white that create a path around the town directing you to different galleries.
We also visited the Bernie Sanders headquarters, and we had a great conversation with the woman working there. Silver City definitely has some big Bernie fans. We’re from Vermont. We love Bernie!
Later, we bumped into Indy and Art Gypsy. We also met Art Gypsy’s sister, who had driven from Arizona to visit them on the trail. We talked about the trail, the road walks, and food, of course.
We had a late lunch at El Gallo Pinto. The food was wonderful. We stuffed ourselves. I’m really getting spoiled with all this authentic Mexican food.
Afterwards, we returned to the RV Park to figure out our resupply, and then we went right around the corner to Albertsons, the local supermarket. The prices weren’t too bad. We got everything on the list, and then, we walked back to our campsite to process our food.
The next day we went to the post office, mailed two boxes to Pie Town, and then we visited the Silver City Visitors Center. We heard so many good things about the Kick Off Weekend that I wished we could hang out in town all week.
We considered staying another day, but eventually, we loaded our packs and walked out of town. A driver did stop and offer us a ride to the trailhead, but we declined.
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