Kathy Watson

Kathy Watson

Kathy Watson

Adventures in Ahote



North America » United States » New Mexico » Deming March 20th 2019

blog 03-20-19 Super Full Pink Moon Today's plan was to head to Silver City and see what it held for us. My new friend Pat and I left at 10 am and headed north for 57 miles through very dry sage brush and grasslands. There were a few cows here and there but not much else. We stopped in a little town called Hurley to see their claim to fame, a model train exhibit. The town was bigger than I expected but most of the houses looked like they were abandoned. The train set up was in an old mining company store complete with tin roof and old wood floors. There was surprising detail in the display and as soon as we walked in the door Pat was cornered by this lovely old gentleman who proceeded ... read more
This is where the trains were
Lonnie Nolan admiring his handy work
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Deming March 19th 2019

blog 03-19-19 Rockhound The sun is shinning today and I went to Rock Hound State Park about 20 miles from here. I heard it was a beautiful place to camp and I wanted to see what it had to offer. It was beautiful and Watson and I took a walk on one of their trails to see if we could spot a treasure. You can take rocks home from here as long as they don't weigh more than 17 lbs. Oh wow, a legal place to gather rocks! It was mid day and starting to get hot so we didn't go far but I did manage to get 2 little rocks to add to my water garden at home. There were flowers everywhere and they are called Mexican Poppies, real beauties. Pictures I hope. I drove ... read more
Part of the visitors center
Mexican Poppies
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Deming March 17th 2019

Trying to add pictures from yesterday's blogblog 03-17-19 Happy St Patrick's Day 03-16-19 was a stay in the camper day. I re organized the place and took what I haven't used out into the car so it's out of the way. Some cleaning happened too and I felt much better, less clutter. Lynne came over about 3:30 and we went for a little hike between rain and snow storms, yes snow! What's happening here!! I then went to Lynne's camper for happy hour til sunset time. The sky looked promising and there were several different aspects to the sky. Pictures Time for some hot tea and bed. Poor Petunia was covered with frost this morning. It was below freezing last night and 53 inside the camper. It was a one dog night. I am moving today ... read more
don't fall on this guy
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Lynne on the canyon trail

North America » United States » New Mexico » Deming March 17th 2019

For some reason the pictures won't upload, I'll try tomorrow. blog 03-17-19 Happy St Patrick's Day 03-16-19 was a stay in the camper day. I re organized the place and took what I haven't used out into the car so it's out of the way. Some cleaning happened too and I felt much better, less clutter. Lynne came over about 3:30 and we went for a little hike between rain and snow storms, yes snow! What's happening here!! I then went to Lynne's camper for happy hour til sunset time. The sky looked promising and there were several different aspects to the sun set. Pictures Time for some hot tea and bed. Poor Petunia was covered with frost this morning. It was below freezing last night and 53 inside the camper. It was a one dog ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Alamogordo March 14th 2019

blog 03-14-19 Pi day and Happy Birthday Pat We woke to the sound of nothing. The wind had stopped! Watson went outside and walked around his pen in the sun for the first time in 2 days. By 9 am it was too warm for my sweatshirt because the sun was so intense. I put Watson's fence back in the car, took him for a walk and realized I had time to go down the street and wash poor Petunia. It was a do it yourself place and I put my quarters in and soaped and brushed then rinsed and got it all done for 8 quarters. It's not the best but she sure does look better. We finally pulled out about 11 am and headed north on 285 toward Artesia. It was much easier getting ... read more
poor dirty car
semi clean
going to the mountains

North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad March 12th 2019

blog 03-11 to 03-13-2019 Carlsbad Our campground was really nice but the weather sure wasn't. It was foggy and cool so I decided it was a good day to get to the caverns before it became crowded. Did I mention that all of Texas has spring break at the same time and this is the week. I got to the caverns about 10:30 only able to see the road in front of me it was so foggy. Not to worry about the cave, they keep it semi lit with no outside disturbances down there. I rode the elevator down the 752 feet where the trail begins. It is self guided so everyone can go at their own pace and enjoy what strikes them. Most of the cave is dry which surprised me but there were a ... read more
they called this the lion's tail
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad March 11th 2019

blog 03-11-19 Terlingue to Carlsbad The start was slow but steady and by 10:30 we were on the road north toward Alpine. The nearest everything is in Alpine including the doctor. The people here in Terlingue and Big Bend Nat'l Park have to go to Alpine for the nearest doctor, 90 miles away. As a result the tour company's staff are extensively trained in emergency medicine. Lots of bad things can happen here so it's a necessary skill. About 1/2 an hour down the road an alarm went off somewhere in the back of the camper. No place to pull over, Watson upset and me worried it was a stressful 30 min til I could get off the road. I narrowed the sound down to the fuse panel on the upper cabinet so I turned off ... read more
construction trailers and housing
burning off extra gas  everywhere


blog 03-10-19 Jeep Tour Sunday morning and the first day of the time change and the jeep tour starts at 9 am requiring me to be there at 8:45, oh, the pressure! I got up at 4:30 to see if I could photograph the milky way but it was cloudy in the east. I didn't have to get up because it was an hour earlier. I'm so confused.. The tour took off on time with a family of 3 included and our trusty guide Dean. We were going on private land that adjoins the national park but as it turned out it was much dryer than the park was. No wonder they didn't include it in the bounties. It turns out that Dean is quite knowledgeable about the plants and geology and he told us so ... read more
strange light in the clouds
different colors
Dean explaining about this bush


blog 03-09-19 Exploring Terlingue I just love Terlingue. It is a little town on the west side of Big Bend and has several outfitters to go hiking, boating and jeep touring. Whatever you want to do they will make it happen. It even has it's own ghost town just up the hill from my campground and my first stop was the grave yard. Yes, I have weird tastes, but I've always been attracted to graveyards. Pictures. On Nov 2 they have a celebration to commemorate the Day of the Dead. There is a ceremony at the graveyard where they have a bon fire and celebrate their deceased loved ones. I went on a drive to the Big Bend Ranch State Park on the west side of the national park with a drive along the Rio Grande ... read more
grave of three
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blog 03-07-19 Catching Up I have been too tired at night to write a detailed blog so I am trying to catch up here for the last few days. I have had a terrific time exploring the park, photographing the many flowers and cactus that are here and finding out more about the park. It was formed from volcanic activity and the mountains show the evidence. I went on the scenic tour, a road that leads to Saint Elena Canyon where the Rio Grande cut through the mountain. The paved road stops at the canyon and a dirt road will take you to the west side of the park but it is not suitable for your regular car. So I went back the same way I came and enjoyed the view in the other direction. 03-08-19 ... read more
delicate flowers growing from the rocks
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more colors




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