Truth or Consequences, NM

According to Wikipedia:

Originally named Hot Springs, the city changed its name to “Truth or Consequences”, the title of a popular NBC Radio program. In March 1950,Ralph Edwards, the host of the radio quiz show Truth or Consequences, announced that he would air the program on its 10th anniversary from the first town that renamed itself after the show; Hot Springs won the honor, officially changing its name on March 31, 1950 (the program originated there the following evening, April 1st). Edwards visited the town during the first weekend of May for the next 50 years. This event was called “Fiesta” and included a beauty contest, a parade, and a stage show. The city still celebrates Fiesta each year during the first weekend of May. The parade generally features area celebrities such as the Hatch Chile Queen. Fiesta also features a dance in Ralph Edwards Park.

It seems that the locals call it “T or C”…

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We found another “fixer-upper”

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But we stayed at La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa…

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at the Historic District Healing Waters Trail

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a view of the courtyard.
This was one of the most relaxing and pleasant places I’ve ever stayed on any trip. The hot springs, I’m sure, added to that experience.

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Eric was thrilled to catch this fly by of the Ibis (Ibises? Ibisi?) when we went to Caballo Lake nearby.

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Far too many Ibis to count.

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They’d fly by us in several strands.

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Until it got too dark to see much.

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and the sun went down.

Nimander wondered if he had discovered the face of the one true god. Naught else but time, this ever changing and yet changeless tyrant against whom no creature could win. Before whom even trees, stone and air must one day bow. There would be a last dawn, a last sunset, each kneeling in final surrender. Yes, time was indeed god, playing the same games with lowly insects as it did with mountains and the fools who would carve fastnesses into them. At peace with every scale, pleased by the rapid patter of a rat’s heart and the slow sighing of devouring wind against stone. Content with a star’s burgeoning light and the swift death of a raindrop on a desert floor.
Steven Erikson, Toll the Hounds

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25 thoughts on “Truth or Consequences, NM

    • The “fixer-upper” theme seems to have become a running joke. I’m about to head in early tonight. I’ve been busy sorting through all the junk and clutter here. Not a fun thing to do. I suspect you had your share getting ready to downsize to the RV.

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  1. Inspiring images! And you must have found the best place to stay in miles and miles. I love all the ibises (?) too – they’re beautiful birds with their graceful curves. –

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    • I was ever so lucky that Eric knew all the great places to go. The hot springs were a wonderful place to stay. Luckily I did get a closer view of the Ibises (?) at the Refuge, but seeing these mobs of them doing a fly-by at the lake was another fun experience.

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    • It’s certainly an odd name. It’s original name- Desert Springs was far more apt, but people seem to go for these strange things. I wondered why they wouldn’t have changed it back after the contest, but I suspect some folks liked it. I love looking for quotes. It’s part of the fun.

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    • It’s not so bad, though I’d hate to have to write it out in an address all the time. Albuquerque is a real bugger to spell. It could be worse. The one that always cracks me up is Intercourse, PA (I think?) There’s a town near us named Remote. I think I’d like that one for an address. 😀

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