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Aug 31, 2011 - Another fun day in Grants NM

Some info from the National Park Service about El Morro follows. El Morro is Spanish for "the headland" or "the bluff". "El Morro is a cuesta - a long formation with a gentle upward slope that drops off abruptly at one end. This land is composed of sandstone layers deposited by wind, desert streams, and an ancient sea. Sandwiched between upward pressure from underground forces and the weight of newer rock above (since eroded), the sandstone developed cracks that gradually weathered into the long vertical joints prominent today." "Travelers...

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Aug 30, 2011 - Fun in Grants NM

We left Carlsbad on Monday, 8/29, and headed for Grants NM. It's off I-40 which is north and west of Carlsbad. We were hoping for a few days of cooler temperatures. Until we got there, we didn't realize that there are fun things to do in the area. Today we went to the Bandera Volcano and Ice Cave. The tour starts at the old time trading post. It was built in the 1930's along with a saloon and dance hall. The Zuni Mountain Railroad was operating and logging was in full swing. Beer was kept cold using ice from the ice cave. In 1946 it began...

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Apr 24, 2011 - Day 20 Holbrook, AZ-Grants, NM

This glorious Easter morning turned out to be another OMG!! day. We departed the campground and headed through Holbrook on the way to the PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK. The wind started to pick up and it even rained about 50 drops of rain. We arrived at the entrance to the park and of course had to stop at the gift shop, where we saw some beautiful petrified wood. Note the colors in picture 4, which of course does not really do it justice. We drove into the park and made several stops to gawk at the large amount of petrified wood. It's...

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Retirement Rocks!!

Mar 30, 2011 - Grants, NM

We left Camp Verde and we headed to Gallup, NM. We drove to the RV park we selected. Well, it was empty, sand had blown all over the sites, the bathrooms were closed and the sites had no delineation. So went to Plan B and we drove on. We saw a RV park advertised on a billboard that said full hookups $17. So we stayed there. Today we drove to El Malpais National Monument. We went to the Ranger Station (it should have been called the Visitor Center as is was really good). We then drove to the San Cliff Overlook and then the "arch". I think it...

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Mar 13, 2011 - Grants, New Mexico

We're now in the great state of New Mexico. I enjoy their ad campaign, "New Mexico, it's not new and it's not Mexico." Today was a mixture of mind changes and GPS snaffus. We had planned to stay at Bluewater Lake State Park, but we ended up in Grants at the Elks Lodge. Let me tell you some of the issues. Upon arrival in Gallup, we stopped at Walmart to pick up supplies since we would be out of town in a state park for a couple of days. While Bev was in the store, I decided to see if there were any options that were closer to Gallup that I...

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Dream On

Nov 11, 2010 - In time for the parade

This morning we were planning to try and get off a little earlier so we would be able to make more distance with the extra hour as we crossed into the Mountain time zone. But we got more than we expected as we left Dalhart. As we turned the corner to head out of town, the traffic came to an abrupt halt with police cars flashing their lights and blocking the way. Although we were behind a couple of semis, we were treated to the town's Veteran's Day Parade! There was no shortage of horses, as you might expect in Texas, but also it seemed...

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Jul 29, 2010 - Amarillo, Tx - Grants, NM

Started the day with leftovers for breakfast (fridge clean out) and a browse in the KOA shop. On the road starting with 76 degrees. First stop was Cadillac Ranch, 10 Caddies buried nose down in the ground in a farmers field. They are all painted and there is spray cans to add your own design and become a part of history. I left my heart on Caddie number 6. So if you ever go there, look me up. Drove on through Wildorado where there were miles and miles of cows. It looked to me like a sea of steak and we were without our steak knives!!! Damn!...

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Jun 29, 2010 - No Serious Engine Problems

Thank goodness there was nothing seriously wrong with the RV engine. There was just a time delay in how long it took them to get the information necessary to fix the problem. Apparently the "computer" settings for the fan were incorrect. The fan was running when it shouldn't have been and not running when it should have been. We're still wondering how that happened since you have to hook the computer to something to reset it... oh well. At any rate, we're on the road again, just 24 hours behind schedule. We stopped tonight at a Wal-Mart in...

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May 24, 2010 - On the Road

We passed through Oklahoma today and it was a very rough time driving. This area is called the plains states. There were a lot of cattle farms and we road on the Chisum Trail the cattle ranchers from yrs. ago had there cattle drives. We had 60 mile winds all the way through Oklahoma to Amarillo ,TX. It was a really bad experience. I asked about the winds and they said ,Mam, this is the plains we have winds here all the time. Just now it’s tornado season and they are more stronger. Oklahoma is the home state of Carrie Underwood and Garth...

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Apr 30, 2010 - Grants, New Mexico BAR S RV Park

*Friday April 30, 2010* We arrived in Grants, New Mexico at an elevation of 6460 ft. The trip from Amarillo, Texas was very windy and about 360 miles. As we got close to Grants, NM, the temperature dropped and we saw snow flurries. Also the mountains around Grants are snow covered at 13,000 ft. The temperature dropped to 26 degrees Friday night, but back in the 50’s during the day Saturday. Snow showers and winds are expected through Sunday, but it is supposed to calm down Monday and be around 70, so we decided to stay here and leave...

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Apr 26, 2010 - Road Trip - Day 1

I left Owen's apartment at 10am and drove to the storage place where the coach is parked. The beeping sound was still happening intermittently even after I shut the aux battery along with the main battery - so - a call to Fleetwood service was in order. Apparently the house battery is low and that is what is setting off the alarm. So I stayed for almost 45 minutes and ran the generator. Owen will have to do this every 30 days or so (along with starting the engine and checking a few other odds and ends.) By noon I was back on the road...

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Oct 25, 2009 - day 39, 25th on rt66

our today's 25th rt66 fun day in old town albuquerque, nm and camping in grants, nm... as we travel we almost feel the movement of those who came this way in those days, in their old rickety trucks/cars filled with all their belongings for a better life but how the did it is the real question - in your mind, put yourself in their shoes and try wondering how they managed in that time without the niceties of today's travel options... in our photos, you see many places that were renovated in the 40/50s think in the 20/30s time... our rt66 25th...

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MID-USA & ROUTE 66

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