Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Kit Carson Museum at Rayado

July 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane

It is the first day of the trek and we should have taking a short 2 mile hike to Olympia camp. But then came the Cooks Peak fire so  there is a change of plans since Olympia camp as well as some of the trails we would be using have been affected by the fire. As of the time I'm writing this, we will get bused to Rayado  to take part in some activities then spend our first night at Toothache camp. For some reason, I got the feeling it is going to be one of the hardest because we will still be getting use to the altitude and learning all we can from the ranger. One of the nearby attractions is the Kit Carson Museum at Rayado which we might take a chance to see. 

Back in 1848 when Lucien Maxwell decided to found the first American settlement in New Mexico, he asked his friend Kit Carson to provide security. From 1848 to 1853, Kit built a ranch at Rayado where he raised cattle, horses and sheep. In 1950 the Boy Scouts of America built an Adobe Museum to portray his time at Rayado.

Carved from southern (pallet) pine the carving of this prairie schooner had a difficult challenge in that I probably come back to sometime in the future - the wheels. Trying to make the spokes, felloes, and hubs look right will probably take a microscope and miro carving tool. That being said, the slide was painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paints, and sealed with a couple coats of poly. 

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