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North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad February 25th 2015

Today I will be going hundreds of feet underground in the form of Carlsbad Caverns. One of my earliest memories was reading an entry in a fact book about Carlsbad Cavern. It is the deepest natural cavern in the world and was created when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone. Native American artifacts have been found deep in the caverns so human beings have been exploring the caverns for thousands of years. It is an 8 hour drive from Austin to Carlsbad so I left at 5:30AM. I stopped for breakfast at a small Texas town called Sonora which is also the name of the desert I was driving in as well. I must admit I felt out of place in a room full of Texans in their boots and big hats with me in shorts ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Rosa October 21st 2014

First off, let me make a correction to last nights post. Peyton now has 509 touchdown passes not 510. I felt that it was important to mention. As usual, we got off to a later start than we had planned but still made it to Santa Rosa, NM before 3:00 PM. We are staying in the same Holiday Inn Express hotel and the same room that we stayed in on the trip out. We have the same TV that we had to call the desk attendant to reprogram last time (and this time). I'm sitting in the same telescoping desk chair that slowly lowers so that I'm typing with my hands at about eye level........(Hold on a sec while I raise my chair)...........that's better... and Prudy has to put a wash cloth down the drain hole ... read more
Wind Turbines near Vega, NM
BlueHole in Santa Rosa, NM

North America » United States » New Mexico » Roswell September 20th 2014

Aujourd'hui nous sommes parti d'Alamogordo vers Roswell. Hélas par manque de temps nous n'avons pas pu faire les grottes de Carlsbad mais on a eu le temps de se promener a Roswell et visiter le musée UFO. Nous n'avons pas vu d'Extra Terrestres....... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico September 15th 2014

The South West Chief train was an altogether better experience than those so far on Amtrak. Train started out from Chicago less than an hour late, and arrived in Flagstaff Arizona within an hour of the advertised time (despite losing time to chuck an unruly passenger off for disobeying the smoking ban, and a medical emergency causing another passenger to be taken off by ambulance). Again no wifi, so onboard entertainment was limited to eating, sleeping, reading, and getting to know the other passengers. The train has a restuarant car serving 3 cooked meals per day included in the roomette price. We sat with different passengers each time, and got to hear their stories, which broke up the journey nicely. Most passengers were Americans. There was also a splendid observation car with glass all round for ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Clayton September 12th 2014

AUGUST 22, 2014 Whew. What an odd day this has been. I woke up to rain in Santa Fe but drove out from under it before reaching Las Vegas. There were two gas stations in Wagon Mound but I had just filled up my tank in Santa Fe and did not feel that I needed more. Had I known that on the route I was following there would not be any more gas for the next 250 miles I might have re-considered; nor were there any eating places. I left the interstate highway at Springer and went eastward halfway to Clayton until going north on Highway 193. I did not get pictures of the massacre site near Point of Rocks although I drove right past it three times and went on up to Folsom where I ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos September 5th 2014

We celebrated our 3rd anniversary of consecutive travel in the small Baja California town of Playas de Rosarito, Mexico. Our life was beginning to remind us of an extended episode of Amazing Race. We could hear Phil making his speech to us as we reached the mat at the end of the race. (Three years, 16 countries, 3 continents, 65,000 miles and untold number of beds, you are the winners of the Amazing Race….). We were tired and needed a nice place to rest up for a while. We had visited Rosarito before our Europe trip and had liked it. Rosarito is 20 miles south of the US border at Tijuana and has virtually the same beaches and weather as San Diego for less than half the price. The weather is nearly perfect all year round, ... read more
San Xavier del Bac
Neon lights of Tucson
Another Taos Sunset

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos August 24th 2014

August 24 – Sunday – Morning - This morning after having my banana and peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast I made sure the reservoir for my radiator was full as well as the radiator full, and headed off over the top of the mesa. I had no problem getting up and over the mesa and then back down again, on Hwy567 to where it veered off towards Carson. At this point I continued on straight to where the road connected with Hwy 64 near the rest area at the Rio Grande Gorge bridge. I invested an hour of so checking out the canyon from the Rest Area and the overlook in the middle of the bridge. Quite awesome. Note: From my campground I could have just went back on 570 to Pilar and then taken Hwy ... read more
Taos Junction  Campground
Heading up and over the mesa
The top of the mesa

North America » United States » New Mexico August 23rd 2014

August 22 – Friday – When I arrived a Ft. Stanton I had driven 764.4 miles so far on this trip. Of that 600 miles of it was just getting out of Texas from College Station. But now the shooting the gap portion of my trip was over and the enjoying portion could begin. Last night I stayed in the BLM equestrian trailhead campground at Ft Stanton free. It is at 6300 feet elevation and was cool enough for me to shut my windows and use a blanket. It also rained last night and some this morning. It felt great this morning when I headed out westward on Hwy 380 from Ft Stanton to I 25. It was quite a scenic drive as well. I had visited Lincoln again yesterday. Lincoln was the central location of ... read more
Valley of Fires
Map of Taos area
The Rio Grande alongside Hwy 68

North America » United States » New Mexico August 21st 2014

August 17 – Sunday – I had planned on leaving on my trip up through the Rockies from New Mexico to Canada much earlier this summer. However with delays on getting my finances back into shape after some expensive hospital, doctor, radiology, and lab bills I have been delayed a bit. Also quite frankly when living a life of comfort and ease and surrounded by those you love and who love you it isn’t that easy to up and take off into the uncertainties and discomforts of traveling. But I guess bottom line is a man needs a little adventure in his life, otherwise he is just waiting to die, something I have no real interest in doing, either now or later. One of the delays on this trip was on about the 1st of August ... read more
Departing on trip
Shooting the Gap
first thought on campsite for the night

North America » United States » New Mexico » Roswell July 27th 2014

Dags att gå på ufo museum. Ska tydligen ha bevis på riktiga aliens.... Återstår att se ;D... read more

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