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May 1, 2015 - Elephant Butte

On Friday we took a drive up to Elephant Butte State Park, North of Truth of Consequences. Elephant Butte Lake's elevation is 4,332 ft. Upon entering the park, we were cautioned to stay on the well traveled & maintained roads...BECAUSE....they say you WILL get stuck in the sand. So we did what we were told. Our excursion took up most of the day, once we left the park we took a different route home. That different route was up Hwy 152 (and I do mean up). There were hairpin turns & our average speed was about 35 MPH. Not a road we'd want to...

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Apr 19, 2013 - Eagle Butte, NM - Elephant Butte Lake State Park Campground

We spent 2 days at Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Elephant Butte Lake is the largest lake in New Mexico and is on the Rio Grand River. The lake is formed because of the Elephant Butte Dam. The water is quite low right now, but there is still plenty of room for sailing, boating and fishing. The campground is also right down the road from Truth or Consequences NM. "T or C", as they call it out here, used to be called Hot Springs because of all the healing waters in the area. There are several spas in town where you can rest your aching...

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Retired at Last!

Oct 30, 2011 - Elephant Butte, NM (Day 4) - Fiddle Competition

(Ron Writing) This morning we went back to T or C for the continuation of the Fiddlers Competition. But the first thing today was not a competition – we had a 1 ½ hour Gospel Sing. There were about 15 musicians on stage playing and about half the music were solos and the other half were sung by the audience. Very nice music for a Sunday morning. After the Gospel Sing there was a ceremony announcing new inductees into the State Fiddlers Hall of Fame. Two fiddlers were inducted posthumously and the awards were presented to family members....

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Oct 29, 2011 - Elephant Butte, NM (Day 3) - Fiddle Competition

(Ron Writing)We enjoyed about 4 hours of some very fine music at the fiddlers competition in T or C. Musicians competed in one of 6 divisions according to their age (12 and under, 13-20, 21-40, 41-59, 60-73, and 74+). Cash prizes were awarded to the five best fiddlers in each division starting with $150 for first place. There were several exceptionally good fiddlers competing and surprisingly we thought the best ones were between 12-30 years of age. We especially enjoyed the 12 and under division where even the youngest kids played...

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Oct 28, 2011 - Elephant Butte, NM (Day 2) - NM Old Time Fiddlers State Competition

(Ron Writing) This afternoon we drove about 4 miles to "T or C" to attend the first event of this weekend's New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Assn. Competition. This afternoon they had a jam session from 1 PM to 4 PM. The actual competition begins tomorrow. The crowd was quite small but the music was great and everyone there was having a good time. We enjoyed some excellent fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc playing along with some good vocals. It got pretty cold during the night but the weather was perfect again today. Weather: Overnight low was 38°,...

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Oct 27, 2011 - Elephant Butte Lake State Park, NM

(Ron Writing) This morning there was just a light breeze out of the north as we continued our journey south on I-25. It didn’t take long to get to Elephant Butte Lake State Park just north of Truth or Consequences, NM (T or C). This is touted as the biggest and best state park in New Mexico with several campgrounds along several miles of Elephant Butte Lake. The lake, a reservoir on the Rio Grande River, is used mostly for flood control, irrigation, and recreation. It’s very popular for fishing, sailing and power boating. We found a very...

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Apr 3, 2008 - A change in State-us!

First of all, sorry for the cheesy title to this entry - I just couldn't help myself! Well, after being in Arizona since just before Christmas ( with the exception of the rally in Indio CA, a few days in Las Vegas NV and a day trip to Utah ) we have finally moved on to a new state. We also had our longest drive, 220 miles, since mid-December. We will be in New Mexico for the entire month of April and are looking forward to exploring some areas we have not been to before. As always, we will be sharing our experiences with all of you!!

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Jan 30, 2008 - Truth or Consequence and Elephant Butte

After saying goodbye to Bernie and Ross we headed for the area of Truth or Consequence and the Elephant Butte Reservoir. The town of Truth or Consequence was originally called Hot Springs due to the vast table of hot mineral water in the area. The water is geothermally heated with temperatures ranging between 95-117 degrees Fahrenheit. In March 1950 the town voted to change its name to Truth or Consequence. Ralph Edwards producer of the popular radio game show of the same name, had issued a challenge for a U.S. town to change its name in...

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