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Aug 11, 2018 - Day 74 - Elephant Butte NM

The dog and I take a long tour of the RV park this morning. Lots of unusual metal artwork scattered around the place. Most of the pieces have titles on plaques by them. Of course once again I don't have my cellphone so no pictures. Nice hiking path winds around the outside of the park so LJ is pretty worn out by the time we get on the road. Trip south on I-25 very routine. I was tempted to take a back road that parallels the interstate, but I found a website the other day (flattestroute.com) that gives you very precise elevation data on...

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Summer 2018 Big Trip

Sep 22, 2017 - Day 24 - Elephant Butte RV Park, NM

Left Santa Fe about 1030 this morning. Not sorry to leave that RV park. It was quiet, but the loose pea gravel sites made it very difficult to maneuver the tow dolly. Would never come back here with the tow doll unless we got a pull through site. To make matters worse, when you leave the park, you can only turn right, away from the Interstate, and it's very difficult to find a turn around when you're in an RV. Once we finally got going, the trip south was fairly uneventful, although it may have been the worst wind day yet. 35-45 knots most...

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Midwest Aug-Sep 2017

Oct 13, 2015 - Elephant Butte, NM

Tue, 13 Oct: Another easy day... Today was a short day. After a very quiet nite in Belen we went thru our checklists and got the car connected. Sandi pulled out of our site at 0920 and drove the short distance to I 25. The ongoing construction did not include closing the on ramp so we didn't have to detour thru town again. Yipee for small favors. I 25 was a beautiful and smooth road for about half the distance. As we progressed farther south the road surface became rougher but was still far better than many roads we've travelled. As Sandi...

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2015 Travels

Oct 10, 2015 - Mastadon Skulls in Truth or Consequences to Ladies' Bustles in Chloride

Wayne decided to take a break and asked me to write today's log. Wayne up at 7 and went for a long walk and stopped to talk with people. One was the "president" of the Chili Peppers who is a doctor who does colonoscopies....funny large African American man with a beautiful wife. They've been married for 48 years and have a lot of fun teasing each other. He has a great sense of humor and has made us feel so welcomed to this state's Newmar Rally group. Dr. Joe, as he is called insisted Wayne come in to see his "rig" which is far far fancier...

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Oct 9, 2015 - Golf and work

Today I had scheduled a golf game. One of the new guys that I had met was interested in playing and I had brought my clubs so that I could, so we scheduled this morning to go play. The course was Truth or Consequences (that is the name of the town next to us and locals call it "T or C") municipal golf course which is a nine hole course that you play twice, with the second time from a different set of tees. We had a wonderful time and have agreed that anytime we are at the same rally, we will go and play a round. Do not ask me how I did, let...

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Oct 8, 2015 - Geocaching and working

Got up this morning to beautiful partly cloudy skies and no rain. Charlotte had a good nights sleep last night. I have a couple of guys that I know who are here and they have been getting me into geocaching. We have an app on our smartphones that list the geocaches near you. You then go searching using the gps in your phone to find them. They told me that they would pick me up at 10 am and the three of us would go looking together. Charlotte is not interested in doing this, and she has some work that she needs to finish up on, so I will go...

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Oct 7, 2015 - On to Elephant Butte New Mexico

Got up a little later than normal and had a nice breakfast and then while Charlotte was working on her chores to close up, I walked down to the........ (wait for it)..... McDonalds to get a latte. When I got back she was ready and we closed up the RV and got on the road. We had a very nice drive with just cloudy skies and smooth sailing down to Elephant Butte, NM. This is a town next to the largest lake in New Mexico, when full the lake is about 40 miles long. We are just outside of town in a nice RV park (see picture). The motorhome that...

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Nov 5, 2014 - Change of Plans / Following the Rio Grande

I tell you, yesterday we crossed another timezone... trying to stay awake after a day behind the wheel and then a couple of pops can wear a person out. Even though we think we are getting south, it was supposed to drop below freezing last night so I plugged in a trouble light to keep heat on the waterline for the fridge ice maker overnight.... but we woke up this morning to a nice 39 degrees... that had us checking... We're headed to Phoenix because there we know is an RV dealer that will fix our unit and a campground with a golf course...

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Winter West

Oct 17, 2014 - Elephant Butte State Park

Yesterday we got up feeling good about our New England Patriots beating the New York Jets by two points the night before. We prepared to leave Taos, which is the furthest point from our home in Sarasota. We have begun our trek of 1800+ miles home. We were treated to a very beautiful sunrise. The first part of the drive yesterday was challenging as we followed the twisting Rio Grande River through canyons and valleys. The second part was easier, just a straight shot down Interstate 25. Down is correct as we went south and we also went from...

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May 28, 2013 - MAY 21st

On Tuesday May 21st Gary and I took a "day trip" to 3 nearby towns. Winston, Chloride and Monticello, New Mexico. This was a fun trip and we had a great time. Winston: was founded in the early 1880's by miners. The town of Winston flourished until the silver panic of 1893. Many of the buildings were destroyed in a flood in the 1950's, but Frank Winston's old house still stands on Main street. Chloride: Harry Pye, an Englishman and prospector, was delivering freight for the US Army in the late 1870's when he discovered silver float in a...

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May 16, 2013 - "elephant Butte" And "truth Or Consequences?" What??

Hi everyone! Who ever heard of Elephant Butte?? Or, a city named Truth or Consequences?? Well, now you have. :) As of May 1st we traveled to this small community of Elephant Butte with T or C being just 5 miles away. We feel like we are on top of the mountain here at almost 5,000 ft elevation. The roads are like a maze here! The weather? FANTASTIC! So, a little history first. Called "The Diamond in the Desert" the City of Elephant Butte is nestled on the shores of New Mexico's largest lake. The area is mostly known as a retirement and...

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May 9, 2013 - Benson, Tombstone & Elephant Butte, New Mexico - whew

Hi everyone! Well, it's been a while since I have updated our Trip Journal....so, here it is :)On April 25th, our dog Harley passed away in the night, so we were left with the decision on what to do next. We took Harley to the vet and he was cremated so that we could have his ashes sent to us. We really miss him, he was a great little dog and loosing a pet is so very difficult. On April 26th, we left Tacna, AZ and traveled to Benson, Arizona to an Escapee SKP-Co-op there. Great park! We were here for 5 days. On Sunday, April 28th we...

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