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Feb 6, 2019 - Las Cruces and White Sands

Las Cruces NM was the next stop on our cross country tour. Interestingly, we didn’t know anyone here and really didn’t have a “purpose” for visiting. It just looked like a good place to stop and celebrate Cathys birthday. It turned out to be a remarkable visit. We parked the RV at the Hacienda RV resort. Normally anything with resort in the name we pass on, however the location was perfect. It was near the historic town of Mesilla, which was on our list of places to see. Per our normal operating practice, we found a local brewery, High...

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Oct 21, 2018 - Leaving Big Bend

October 21, 2018 It was a bitter sweet day today. We have left Big Bend National Park to make our way to some new adventures. We are watching the weather with all the rain here in Texas and need to make our way out of here. One thing we have learned is that this state can be dry as hell and then when the rain comes the ground is mostly clay and the water creates serious flooding. Here is a summary of where we have been. We left Las Cruses to head to Carlsbad Caverns to see the flight of the Bats from the cave. Somewhere between 700 to 900...

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Oct 21, 2018 - Las Cruses to Carlsbad.

October 15, 2018 Today we made the trip from Las Cruses down to El Paso and then through mountain pass and back up to Carlsbad New Mexico. We are heading to Carlsbad Caverns and to Roswell NM. The two are in opposite directions so we will see how this works out. We have out run the snow so far, but it may catch up to us tonight. Prediction is for rain and sleet.

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Oct 13, 2018 - The trip to Las Cruses

October 14, 2018 Yesterday, Saturday we made the drive to Las Cruses New Mexico. Prior to leaving the American RV Resort Rose ran into a man who had just come from Las Cruses and he filled her in on some of the better Restaurants and sites to see. Well one of the tips was a local winery. This peeked our interest and once we arrived and setup our sites we were off to the winery. The winery was “The ST Clair Winery and Bistro”. This was a really cool place. Even though a wedding was going on outside, the inside was still open to the public....

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May 30, 2018 - Day 1 - Las Cruces NM

Uneventful first day on the road, thank goodness. Other than leaving an hour later than planned (1400 instead of 1300), it was a very smooth non-stop ride to Las Cruces. SOOO nice not having to hook up the tow dolly in 100 degree heat. Had the truck hooked up in 5 minutes and off we went. First leg was a good test of the new hitch rig; that down hill slide heading into Las Cruces is about as steep as I would ever attempt. No issues at all. Only highlight of the drive was seeing a big RV westbound on I-10 towing a helicopter on a trailer!...

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Summer 2018 Big Trip

Apr 25, 2018 - Back thru Las Cruces

We were up early today so we could try the “Famous Breakfasts" in the café connected to the RV park. Simple, inexpensive and tasty food, and very popular with the local folks. As we drove along Interstate 10, I kept seeing white spots out in the desert, and even saw them on my Google Maps app on my phone in Terrain Mode. I finally found out that they were Ceramic Talc Mineral deposits, and we passed by a Talc Factory. It is used in Ceramics, Plastics, Agriculture, Roofing, Paints and Coatings. Talc an excellent filler for wallboard joint...

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Apr 16, 2018 - Road Warriors

We had a LOOOONG drive today. We don’t usually go more than 250 miles a day or four or five hours of driving. But we had no reservations anywhere, left early and the roads were clear and dry, and even better, I did not complain. (Hard to believe I know). I knew we were headed to Arizona for some serious bird watching and driving two days’ worth gave me an extra day iin Arizona. We made it all the way past El Paso and into Las Crueces New Mexico in one day (just over 500 miles). I hope we don’t do that again anytime soon!

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Apr 13, 2018 - Las Cruces, NM

We set off for Las Cruces today. Susie & Gary were not sure if they would stop there or continue on, so we all hugged farewell. New Mexico was still windy but not as bad and mostly pushing us. There was a large stretch of open land that we passed through that could experience dust storms, and there were plenty of warning signs for us to follow. We had crossed a time line, now into Central Time Zone (Arizona is also Central but does not honor the Daylight Savings Time), so we lost one hour crossing into N.M. Again a bit of a long day's...

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Apr 7, 2018 - hike in the Organ Mountains

On Saturday, mid-morning after our visit to the Las Cruces Farmers' and Craft Market, we decided to take a little drive east of town to the Organ Mountains. This is a beautiful mountain range that we can see from our campsite. Our plan was to hike in the Dripping Springs Natural Area. After a nice drive, we reached the A. B. Cox visitor center at the Dripping Springs National Recreation Area. Steve's senior park pass gained us free admission - woo-hoo! We parked BAT, picked up our trail map and headed toward the namesake trail - the...

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2018 Life in our RV

Apr 7, 2018 - Mesilla and Las Cruces Farmers' and Craft Market

On Friday, we went to Historic Old Mesilla which is about a mile and a half from where we are camping in Las Cruces. Old Mesilla used to be part of Mexico in the 1800's and later was a stagecoach stop for the Butterfield Overland Mail and Stage Line. In fact, the company set up its regional headquarters in Mesilla in 1858, 4 years after the American flag first flew over Mesilla following the signing of the Gadsden Purchase. Billy the Kid was a frequent visitor to Mesilla in the 1870's and early 1880's, and was tried for the murder of...

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2018 Life in our RV

Apr 5, 2018 - Las Cruces NM

We left Ft. Stockton Texas early on Monday morning for our 289-mile journey west to Las Cruces New Mexico. We left fairly early because there was a high wind advisory in effect for later that afternoon. High winds and tall vehicles like Mo do not mix, so we wanted to be settled in place before 3pm if at all possible. Our route west was all on I-10 so it was a fairly easy drive. We saw lots of flat land and then started seeing mountains when we were east of El Paso. We stopped at a rest area for a pit stop and to stretch our legs, and to...

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2018 Life in our RV

Feb 25, 2018 - El Paso, part two

2-25-18 Another trip to El Paso Our last full day in Las Cruces was spent getting ready to roll again (laundry), and going back to El Paso. We drove into El Paso via the Transmountain Road that takes you through Franklin Mountains State Park dividing the town of El Paso. A pretty drive and much nicer than going through the center of town. El Paso is a much larger city than Las Cruces (which surprised us). There is a large Army base (Fort Bliss and Biggs Army Airfield) and a major Border Patrol presence. We went to Horizon City to check out...

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