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May 23, 2019 - Alamogordo, NM

May 23rd: We solved the mystery of the Roswell UFO crash wreckage. It was actually a secret high altitude spy balloon that the military had launched. We were hoping to meet some little green aliens. We are so disappointed! So, now we have moved on to Alamogorda, NM which is just north of the White Sands National Monument. We visited White Sands previously, so, we may not do that again. The White Sands Missile Range was where the first atomic bomb was tested. Alamogordo seemed to be a good place to stop on our way west. I really did not want...

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Jan 30, 2019 - Leave Nothing But Footprints

Since this trip is “no plans at all” we decided to make a detour to Hatch, New Mexico after we left Deming, New Mexico. If you aren’t familiar with Hatch it is 186 miles south of Albuquerque and is famous for their chilis. We discovered these chilis a long time ago and for a while the only way you could get them in California was when they would bring them in by the truck full. Now, you can find them in salsa form and sometimes for a few weeks in late summer in the grocery stores but nothing beats getting them directly from the source! We...

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Aug 11, 2018 - New Mexico, Part 4

As we continued traveling east we crossed two milestones today. First, we entered the mountain time zone when we reached New Mexico. Although Arizona is in the mountain time zone it does not change for daylight savings time so in the summer Arizona is on pacific time. So we lost an hour today and are now two hours behind our family on the east coast. Second, we crossed the continental divide. Oddly, it wasn’t a mountain pass summit like we experienced on I-40 going west. This time it was just a sign on the side of the highway as we were...

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Apr 25, 2018 - Speechless in Alamogordo

Sorry, but this is two nights post in one. Due to the limitation on the pictures, I will probably post some tomorrow night of the same landscapes. So let's recap what has happened. We left Deming, NM yesterday about 9:30 a.m. We drove up at the RV campground about 11:45 a.m. We covered the 132 miles rather easily except for the Sunset Pass just out of Las Cruces. We could see the pass from several miles away so we could build up a little power to take it on...wrong!!! About three miles from the peak there were two speed zones. The last...

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Apr 4, 2018 - McGinn's Pistachioland

I have driven I10 from Arizona to Texas too many times for it to be interesting anymore. This year I decided to take back roads from Las Cruces to Buda. That route allowed me to tour McGinn's Pistachioland in Alamogordo this morning. Pistachios aren't harvested until August - the trees were just starting to leaf - but the tour was interesting nonetheless. After retirement in 1977, Thomas Michael McGinn moved to New Mexico from California . He bought 40 acres of land when he realized that the soil was perfect for growing pistachio nuts. The...

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Jan 18, 2018 - Certain/Uncertain

We got a fairly early start the day after the engagement party. Our original plan was to leave early the next morning to drive to Ajo, Arizona. Unfortunately, we were not on the road for long before I heard from my sister that my mom was being taken to the ER. Since this was contrary to our wishes and the hospice plan I could not understand what was happening. And of course I was in the midst of traveling with sketchy communication. Thankfully my sister had everything under control. When we arrived back in Alamogordo we told Kathy and...

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Jan 11, 2018 - Kathy and Johnny

18 We pulled out of Big Bend on the 9th, making our way slowly to a Walmart on the north side of El Paso for the night. We were far enough north that we did not feel unsafe, and the heavy traffic dissipated after the rush hour was over. The next day we drove on in to Alamogordo, with a stop by Discount Tire to have the trailer tires checked. They had been driving us crazy losing air pressure every time we sat for more than a day. Anyway, we kind of surprised Kathy and Johnny by arriving a little early, but all was good. And Johnny made Don...

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Oct 21, 2016 - Good friends

In Alamogordo, we visited with good friends, Kathy and Johnny Darnold. We had previously worked for them in a campground and ended up friends. Funny how that happens! We had only seen each other once the previous summer, so really enjoyed the time to visit. Johnny made it a point to serve me coffee every evening; he got me started on that when we hosted for them. And I only drink coffee in the evening when we are together. We went shopping while we were there; the first time we had been in a mall in a couple of years. I got Don in to see an...

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Oct 19, 2016 - An unexpected treat

We had planned to spend the night at the Valley of Fire State Park, but it was closed for some repairs. So, we drove on to the Three Rivers Pictograph are instead. And it was amazing! Hundreds and hundreds of pictographs were concentrated in one small area. They were carved into lava rocks. Some of them were very complex. There were also a lot of the traditional corn and snake symbols, some that looked like masks, and animal forms, but no spacemen like we saw in Sedona. We enjoyed the park enough to spend 2 nights here.

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Mar 30, 2016 - Alamogordo

This stop was kind of special because we were able to go to the "Trinity Site", which is where the U.S. built and tested the atom bomb before they sent it to Japan. You are only able to go there once in the spring and once in the fall. We had to meet at the fairgrounds in Alamogordo and caravan with a police escort to the site which is 85 miles one way. It was quite a sight!! There must have been 200 cars. For the amount of people, they are really well organized. The site is a rock pillar and there are pictures posted on the fence around...

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Mar 21, 2016 - Playing in the sand

We enjoyed another worship service at Calvary Chapel this time in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After church we drove a short drive to Leasburg Dam State Park and enjoyed a quiet Sunday with some new found camping friends. We walked some trails along the Rio Grande a once mighty river but right now totally dried up. Monday we went to visit the White Sands Missile Range where they have a large display of rockets and other war materials including the V-1 and V-2 rockets which were developed and used by the Germans towards the end of WW-2. After...

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Mar 20, 2016 - Alamogordo, NM

We headed out Lovington Hwy northwest to US 82. On this trip we saw a copse of oil jacks. It truly was a forest and more than we saw last year out of Midland and Odessa. There were big and small, old and new jacks EVERYWHERE for as long as we could see on both sides of the highway. It was amazing. We continued to US 70/54 to Boot Hill RV Park in Alamorgodo. Great park for $25/night but no cable. One day we took off for Capitan which is the home of Smokey the Bear. The government had started a campaign to reduce forest fires during 1945 in...

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