Apache Forest / Hot Springs - New Mexico
I refuse to call Hot Springs, New Mexico by it's new name "Truth or Consequences". My grandmother also refuses to call it by it's new name. The natural hot springs along side the Rio Grande just west of the Gila National Forest are sacred. They have been a medicinal tradition of the indigenous Apache tribes of New Mexico for centuries. The commercialization of these waters is sad but in some weird way has also preserved them. These natural springs reach temperatures of +104 degrees. They cleanse, heal, and reconnect us to the Mother Earth. I'm grateful to have access to them and continue this tradition.
The "Bosque del Apache" / Apache Forest is a natural preserve that is home and sanctuary to many birds and animals. We encountered wild turkeys, geese, ducks, pheasants, tortoise, cotton tails and were even fortunate enough to see a couple Red Feather Hawks. In the winter the powerful Tsa-cho / Bald Eagle makes home here. This is a beautiful oasis in the desert but also serves as a reminder of what we have done to this land.
Also it's funny when you realize your skin is the same color of the Apache mannequins at the Geronimo Springs Museum. The Native American wood mannequin is a strange and borderline racist southwest traditions. I wonder if they have Black mannequins in Alabama museums?