Blogs from New Mexico, United States, North America - page 5


blog 04-03-19 Chloride- Ghost Town My last day here in Elephant Butte and I just had to go to another ghost town. Chloride is about 1 hr away down this very windy road through some hills and about 1500 ft higher in elevation. The scenery was beautiful for a desert climate with an increase in large bushes and even an occasion tree. To keep me on my toes driving it is open range meaning the cows roam free, no fences. We did see a few cows just around a corner but they were just off the road so no emergency braking was necessary. We came to a little town of Winston and there was a general store on the corner just begging for a visit. It was an old fashioned store that sold just about everything. ... read more
a lot of the signs here are metal cut outs

blog 04-01-19 April Fool's Day I woke up to a red glow on the eastern horizon and frost on my car. The storm blew through during the night leaving the air clear, crisp and cold. But once the sun came out it warmed up quickly. The day started slowly and never did really pick up much steam. After breakfast I headed to T or C (Truth or Consequences) for an exciting shopping trip to Walmart, a camper's heaven. As I pulled up to the parking lot I noticed that the entire lot had covered parking, how strange was that. The covers as it turned out, were solar panels to power the store, which they did completely. The state has a plan to become completely independent of fossil fuels in the next few years so they are ... read more
there is a deer in the middle of the picture down the canyon
Lynne at the dam
the full view

blog 03-31-19 Exploring Elephant Butte It was a slow start to the day and after a big breakfast and a walk around the campground, Watson and I took a ride north by way of a sand road. I was extra careful to stay on the well traveled part with stones in it. if you got in the soft sand we'd be calling a tow truck. We saw campers parked right next to the water in their own little piece of heaven. The park lets you dry camp or boon dock anywhere you want to go so some of the spots are very imaginative, thanks to 4 wheel drive monster trucks. Every once in a while there is a port a potty so you have most of the comforts of home. I've included some pictures of the ... read more
my campsite with a water view
delicate little flowers growing in the sand
beach campsite, elephant butte in the background

blog 03-30-19 Cabolla Lake to Elephant Butte Lake Yes, I like camping on or near the water. There are a series of dams on the Rio Grande and 2 of them formed lakes that have become state parks. Elephant Butte is just 25 miles north of Cabolla Lake and a very easy drive. I arrived about 2:30 found my campsite and proceeded to be crazy about leveling. Usually it's the front to back that needs to be leveled but this site was off left to right. That meant that I had to use the boards for the rear duels and it's a little tricky mixing the boards and the blocks. But after several adjustments, in and out of the cab, on and off different number of blocks, I got it. This time I was the entertainment. ... read more
Cabollo Lake
elephant butte lake view from my campsite

blog 03-28-19 and 03-29-19 Truth or Consequences On Thursday Lynne and I went into town (Truth or Consequences) and had a soak. There is a hot spring that Lynne found last year and I thought it would be fun to try it with her. You pay $12.00 for an hour and you have a choice of about 10 pools, or you could choose a private pool for an little more. I went into the coolest pond first but before too long it got really warm and I had to go get a cool shower, then back in the tub. The mineral water is taunted to heal your body and enjoy it while it's happening. The scenery is gorgeous, with a series of small ponds outside separated by flower beds overlooking the Rio Grande River and the ... read more
the lake
The spa and hot tubs

North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos March 28th 2019

We got an early start from the Wahweep Campground, it would be a long haul to Taos, if we got that far at all. The route we were taking would be all two lanes across the top of Arizona, with a brief detour up into Utah to take that famous drive through Monument Valley. I had done that before on my Porsche trip a few years ago, but I was surprised to learn that Cathy had never seen it. We made good time on open roads, and there was plenty to see. It's funny to think that geographic features that would be celebrated and famous were they situated back east are completely overlooked here, to travel here is to be visually spoiled. In due time we entered into that famous valley of red rock mesas. Maybe ... read more
Fred In Monument Valley
Blue Lapis Ring

blog 03-27-19 Lunch in Hatch So yesterday I traveled from Demming to Caballo Lake State Park, a distance of about 80. This lake was made by building a dam on the Rio Grande to use as flood control and water retention for later irrigation. It became a state park and opened the lake up to recreation, boating, fishing, swimming and camping. My campsite overlooks the lake but the water level is so low that it is hard to see the water. It has a milky blue color that I will photograph tomorrow when the sun comes out. It has been cloudy for 2 days with a 30% chance of rain but the air is so dry that the water in the clouds evaporates before it can reach the ground. As I was coming north the valleys ... read more
a butte in the distance
solar farm
very green fields thanks to irrigation

North America » United States » New Mexico » Deming March 25th 2019

blog 03-25-19 City of Rocks SP Today Pat and I had plans to travel north to the third state park in our area. It's name is City of Rocks and it is about a square mile right out of the Flintstones, it could pass for Bedrock. We went to the visitor's center and read some information about the park and saw a short film on how the park came to be. It was formed initially when a volcano erupted and left a layer of rock that ultimately was worn away from erosion. It wore away unevenly and left individual rocks standing, some in clusters. The campground is carved into the rock formations and each site is unique. We walked around for a while, in and around the rocks imagining what the different shapes represent. Our imaginations ... read more
The yellow tips look like flowers from a distance
this stone looks like an old lady
there are 2 faces in this one

North America » United States » New Mexico » Deming March 24th 2019

blog 03-24-19 Cow Day Watson and I left early to go to the Rockhound State Park and Canyon Spring State Park for just 2 hours because at noon Louis was coming to wash my motorhome and car. Pat had arranged for Louis to come to wash and wax her motorhome and mine needed washing so badly I employed him too. On the road to the park there is a section that is open range, meaning there are no fences and cows roam wherever they want. The car way in front of me hit his brakes and as I got closer realized why. There was a huge long horn bull who decided the other side of the road was where he wanted to be. As I got closer he turned and stood on the edge of the ... read more
bull crossing the road
Now that's a bull !
jack rabbit play ground

North America » United States » New Mexico » Deming March 22nd 2019

blog 03-22-19 We Made it Back Thursday was a day to catch up on necessary household chores, laundry, grocery shopping and a little cleaning. Friday morning Pat and I left to go on our adventure. We headed south to Columbus and drove through the Poncho Villa State Park to get a feel for the park to see if staying there was an option at some future date. Columbus is the site of the first invasion of the continental United States by a foreign country. In 1916 Poncho Villa and a band of men crossed the border and attacked Camp Furlong. Several days later General Pershing led an army of men across the border to punish Poncho Villa but they were not successful. The reason for the raid was never known. Our prime destination was just down ... read more
this is the original headquarters for General Perching in Columbus
a sign outside a cafe in Columbus

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