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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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Feb 24, 2018 - More fun in Las Cruces

2-24-18 More fun in Las Cruces The last few days have been unstructured which was our plan for this trip to Las Cruces. We wanted to chill and learn the area a bit more. We managed to do a few things….. 1. Mac and Bob went shooting again……fun 2. Julie and Bob went to a movie, Game Night…..good 3. Dinners with Mac and Rose…yum! 4. Went to the Farmers and Crafts Market on Main Street Las Cruces, got a free book. 5. Cruised through parts of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument…very pretty 6. Tried to go to the Farm and Ranch...

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Feb 22, 2018 - Into El Paso, TX

2-22-18 A trip to El Paso, TX Today we decided to head down to El Paso, Texas to check it out. We had to run by Costco then the hobby shop, (Las Cruces has neither). We got our supplies at Costco then went to Hal’s Hobby Warehouse which is world class. They had most of what I was looking for. After the hobby shop it was off to the El Paso Radio Controllers club field in the middle of nowhere east of El Paso. Nobody was out there, but Julie and I got a look see. Looks like a nice place to fly. We returned to Las Cruces for dinner at the...

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Feb 21, 2018 - Fun in Las Cruces...The first two days

2-21-18 Fun in Las Cruces. The first two days. We have been having fun thus far in Las Cruces taking in the area and meeting up with our good friends Mac and Rose. Tuesday morning, (2-20-18), Julie and I took around town and up to the the RC field in Las Cruces. The field is on the landfill and appears to be a joint venture with the city of Las Cruces and the Mesila Valley MAC. Very nice site with asphalt crossing runways and a very nicely laid out pit area. Nobody was flying when we were there as it was windy and a weekday. Might return...

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Feb 7, 2018 - Passng through New Mexicao

Onward toward Texas. We did not stop too much today but did stop at a place called Butterfield Station. It is a junky tourist shop now but was part of the Butterfield Stage route in its day. There were signs leading up to this place for miles about the “thing”. See the “thing”. So we stopped to see the “thing”. It was some kind of weird thing that kind of resembled a mummified indian in a glass box. I did not even take a picture of it. Just weird. I did see a Canyon Towhee when we were pumping gas. That is a new bird for me. At least it was...

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Feb 6, 2018 - Las Cruces, NM

Traveling I-10 185 miles to Las Cruces where we again stayed at KOA. Lots of rewards to use so are taking advantage of KOA's. Terrible wind storm Tuesday night where the park lost power, but by morning all was restored. Staying here a few days to refill prescriptions and get the new truck looked at. Trouble with the built-in exhaust brake. Other than that, the truck is performing really well. Good mileage, quiet, and comfortable and with the new hitch, makes hooking and unhooking so much easier.

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Winter 2018

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