Now that Flat Eliza has gotten over her jet lag from travel, she’s writing the reports from now on.
Today we went to visit the town of Hatch, New Mexico! It is famous for its chile peppers. (Annie had to explain that they spell it chile instead of chili here.)
It’s so famous for red and green chiles that the playground structure is all red and green!
First, we went into a store that only sold chiles. I asked the owner what would be good to send back to Wisconsin, where we aren’t used to spicy HOT food like Hatch chiles. He helped me pick out some dried hatch chiles (the big red ones and the little red ones) and some dried jalapeño peppers (at the bottom of the plate) and some green chile powder. He said the powder is mild, but I think that it will still be plenty hot for Eliza and her sisters!
I learned something else from the owner too! Jalapeño is a Spanish word, so you don’t say the J like “juice” – you say it like it is an H as in heart. And since the ñ has that little mark above it, the “peño” part sounds like PAIN-yo. I have been practicing saying it: ha-la-PAIN-yo. The owner said jalapeños are VERY hot peppers!
Then we went to another store and I fell in love with this little lizard so I begged Annie to buy it for me. She did, and she bought some green chile salsa too. This is me back at the trailer with both things. That is one big bottle of salsa!
Then we went to the most famous place in Hatch: Sparky’s restaurant! It’s famous for two things: the crazy outside of the store…
…and the green chile cheeseburgers they sell.
Annie said it was really good, but she also drank a lot of water after she had each bite, so I think green chiles must be pretty hot stuff! (Note from Annie: it was HOT but it was so good!)
While we were eating outside, we could look across the street at more crazy statues!
We had one last thing to do before we left Hatch: mail postcards!
Annie helped me write one to Eliza and she had postcards for her sisters, too. We put them in that blue box and Annie said they will get to Wisconsin in a few days. I hope they like the postcards I picked out at Bosque del Apache yesterday!
So that ends our big adventure today! Tomorrow, Annie says we are moving to a new campground up in the mountains! I can’t wait for my first trip with Bella and Breeze (Bella is her car and Breeze is her trailer’s name). See you next report!