One of the best things about going for a long hike is being able to indulge in a completely guilt-free calorific meal when you finish. With 3.3 million acres of national forest on our doorstep, there's no shortage of places to explore and today, we rewarded ourselves with lunch at The Breathe Inn. This motel/restaurant/RV park at the junction of NM35 and NM15 is our closest place to grab a bite to eat. The dining room is an odd space; housed in the top half of sixties chalet-style building and sparsely populated with a few tables and chairs. The menu is standard American fare (don't expect anything particularly exotic) but it was tasty, filling and reasonably priced. The crab cake sandwich was particularly good; a crumbly pattie of lightly pan-fried crabmeat, with small specks of onion and green pepper. I'd also recommend the homemade potato salad; not too heavy on the mayonnaise, with lots of diced egg, green pepper and mustard seeds. All in all, definitely worth the drive.
Intersection of NM Highways 15 and 35