Kathy Watson

Kathy Watson

Kathy Watson

Adventures in Ahote




blog 07-24-20 There is a tremendous amount to catch up on so I'll try to deliver the shorter version. Last report was the earth ships in Taos. The next day we spent walking around town and visiting the Kit Carson Park which turned out to be a perfect place to walk Watson with lots of shade trees and green grass. He must have rolled 10 times. The park has a famous grave yard where Carson and his wife are buried along with other prominent citizens. On the 17th we hit the road and followed the Rio Grande south toward Albuquerque winding our way through some beautiful valleys with the river, the life blood of the desert. We pulled into Truth or Consequences about 4 pm and we both felt like we came home. We had terrific ... read more
strange and colorful outcropping
entering the desert, raining in the distance
down one side and up the other through a canyon

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 15th 2020

blog 07-15-20 Earthship Today was the day I headed out of town to investigate the Visitor Center. Michael Reynolds, with a degree in architecture, built his first house out of can bricks in Taos in 1972. After years trying other building materials and off-grid systems, he went on to build the first Earthship in 1988. The homes are built with recycled tires that are filled with dirt and sand and stacked like a brick wall. Bottles are added to add light and color and then a coating of adobe over top. Simplistic explanation. The water is attained by catching rain water on the roof and running it into cisterns buried in the berm. It is filtered and used in sinks and showers then runs to the watering system for the indoor plants. The plants filter the ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 14th 2020

blog 07-13-20 and 07-14-20 Sightseeing Monday I was feeling a little punk, so I took it easy in the morning then in the afternoon I took Watson for a ride in the car. Oh wow, big outing.. We went north of Taos and hooked up with rt 150 that led us into the mountains ending at the Taos Valley Ski Resort. We drove parallel to the mountains on a flat plane then the road took a shark right and to my amazement, there was a little valley. It twisted and turned following a large creek up and up, mountains on both sides. It was a both hands on the wheel kind of road so no pictures, oh maybe one. The creek was swift and sparkling and pull-offs provided fly fishermen the opportunity to try their luck. ... read more
start of little valley
closer to the mouth
ski lodges

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 12th 2020

blog 07-12-20 Taos Tour and Rain It was another cool night and just delightful to sleep without the air conditioner. The temperature fluctuates 40 degrees between night and day, thank goodness or it would be intolerable. Watson and I took a nice walk this morning before it got too hot. We walked around the campground which was pretty quiet after the weekend. I straightened up inside the camper and cleaned up the kitchen, just boring stuff. At 1:45 I met the trolley that picked me up at the campground and off we went to the Plaza to pick up 3 other customers. The trolley held 36 but only 4 of us were on board plus the driver and tour guide, Dave. Business is way down because of the virus. Dave told us about the history of ... read more
San Francisco  de Asis
the two blue spruce trees represent Peter and Paul
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos July 11th 2020

log 07-09-20 Melting in Taos Our spot along the Arkansas River was wonderful but I was looking forward to the excitement of Taos and cooler temperatures. The ride was beautiful with mountains and high valleys and quaint towns. The last settlement in CO was Conejus and boasted the oldest church in Colorado. Well I just had to turn around and investigate this claim. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church was built in 1929 and beautifully maintained. See pictures. The inside was very spiritual to me and I enjoyed my visit. It was my Mother's birthday so it just seemed extra special. Back on the road again we left the flat open land and saw more mountains, actually hills to start. There were trees and shrubs indicating more rain than other areas. Then the settlements began. There ... read more
view of the mountains along the way
The old church
inside

North America » United States » Colorado » Salida July 9th 2020

Just a little info about why I am in Colorado. My sister's daughter is having a baby in Ft Collins, CO and the safest way to travel is by rv. How could I refuse a trip to the west!! So Denise and I left PA July 2 and arrived In CO July 5th. After a short visit with Jess, Rob and Abby I headed south for a month of exploring future home sites. log 07-09-20 Two Hummingbirds Today I left Ft Collins 7-8-20 and drove south to Salida, CO. The first leg of the trip was on interstate 25 but then I pealed off and went through and over the mountains on hwy 285. The journey took me to over 9,000 ft then down into a valley between 2 mountain ranges. The scenery was beautiful with ... read more
over the and down into a valley between the mts at 7500 ft
floating down the river
is that gold in there??


blog 03-25-20 to 04-1-20 Finding a Safe Haven On Wednesday the 25th I just did my laundry, cleaned the camper a little and relaxed. I have been keeping an active pace and I'm tired. Thursday the 26 th was travel day to Truth or Consequences, NM. I had a tail wind of about 35 mph most of the way and could have gone an extra 100 miles on this tank of gas. Sure am glad I was going with it. The last 20 miles I headed north so the wind hit me from the side which is a little tricky when you're in a boxy vehicle. The rear duels really help keep you on the road and in no time I was heading into Cielo RV park, up on a hill overlooking downtown T or C. ... read more
Lynne on the "wash" trail
1st day seeing the cactus
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North America » United States » Arizona » Willcox March 24th 2020

blog 03-24-20 Chiricahoua National Monument After Watson's walk I tucked him in at the camper for the day and I was off to explore Chiricahoua Nat'l Monument which was about a 50 min drive. The route took me along the base of the eastern mountain range along the Sulfur Flats then the road curved east through a break in the mountains. Part was through the gap I spotted an old graveyard and I just had to stop. It was called Pioneer Cemetery and after going through the gate I walked around a little to see how old it was. There were beautiful yellow flowers blanketing the graves and an occasional fence separating one family from the next. Pictures I wanted to investigate further but time was ticking and Chiriricahua was calling. I went out the gate ... read more
going up through the mountain
Pioneer Cemetery
old stone

North America » United States » Arizona » Willcox March 23rd 2020

blog 03-23-20 Patagonia to Willcox I was packed up and ready to leave by 9:30 which is remarkable for me. The road was a 2 lane 55 mph country road winding through pastures and scrubs. There were small Mesquite trees along the way and lots of cactus. I took a picture of bear grass with last years blossom stem and a century plant with it's old stem to compare the size of the 2. Then the terrain opened up and the speed limit was 65 or whatever you wanted to do with the mountain in the distance. I chose another smaller road vs the interstate to get into Benson where I picked up some supplies and headed east on interstate 10. Before long I was in Wilcox and found my campground Ft Wilcox Campground. I will ... read more
3 white winged doves hanging out in the century plant
mesquite trees
going into a valley with a river

North America » United States » Arizona » Patagonia March 22nd 2020

blog 03-22-20 Last Full Day Watson and I took the trail to the upper part of the park to see where it lead us. Past the lake overlook, down the many steps, through the gate then along the lake shore. Again there was the humming of bees but no obvious swarm so we proceeded between the cattails and the woods. Picture There were some wet marshy areas but mostly dry and lots of birds singing everywhere. It was cooler here then up top and just a few kids with their parents. The smells were a combination of earthy and sweet from the willow blossoms. Oh, the willow blossoms were attracting the bees! Sure enough, on closer examination, there were thousands of bees all over the willow bushes, that is where the humming was coming from. The ... read more
grackle
the overlook
trail along the lake




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