Art and Connie's 2008-2011 Adventures travel blog

Walking along the rim at Capulin Volcano

View from the top of the volcano

Eagle Nest Lake State Park


Heavy blankets on, heavy blankets off. Propane heater on, propane heater back in the closet. Sweatpants one day, shorts the next.

I’m confused, weather-wise, since leaving Colorado Springs. During our stay in Raton, New Mexico, we had beautiful, sunny, weather with temperatures in the 70s during the day and high 40s at night. The temperature for our visit to nearby Capulin Volcano National Monument was perfect. From Raton, at an elevation of 7,800 feet, we climbed higher to an elevation of 8,400 feet at Eagle Nest. Out came the propane heater to take out the morning chill when the temperatures dipped below 37 degrees at night. Sweatpants and sweaters were the attire at night.

Fellow RVers Terri and John were in Eagle Nest so we stopped by for a visit. We met Terri and John in 2008 in South Dakota when they first started full timing. It was good spending time with them and catching up. Then, Chuck and Jan, whom we met at the Park of Sierra Escapees Park just days after we started full timings, joined us for a couple of days. We enjoyed a scenic hike at Cimarron Canyon State Park and an evening of good conversation and laughter.

We are now at Las Vegas, NM at about 6,000 feet. The propane heater is now tucked away in the closet along with the sweatpants. Don’t need either with temperatures reaching 85 degrees!

Although it may not be a destination for many, Las Vegas has an interesting history dating back to 1835 when the city was established. We visited the Carnegie Library, the only surviving Carnegie Library in New Mexico. Las Vegas was also the rendezvous point for Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. A small city-run museum, located in a building built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), houses information on the Rough Riders along with other historical collections about Las Vegas itself. Finally, we toured the campus of United World College (UWC) in nearby Montezuma. UWC is a two-year independent school where approximately 200 students from around the world attend the school’s unique program. You can read more about UWC here.

We left Rapid City, SD on September 1 and planned to be in Albuquerque, NM on September 28 for the balloon festival. We had no idea how long we would stay at each stop but everything worked out really well. We are now looking forward to attending the balloon festival.



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