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Apr 1, 2017 - Las Cruces, NM

Wonderful drive across the desert through El Paso and ending up in Las Cruces, NM. I have been here before a few times and looking forward to showing Jeanne the area and playing golf here. Made a trip to white sands national monument. An area (246 sq miles) The sand dunes are up to 40 feet high. Lots of fun sliding down them on a snow disk. Went to church in one one most beautiful church we have ever been in. The hand carved statues and all the hand made pews and decorations were beautiful. We finished the day by going to dinner in Old...

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Nov 24, 2016 - Happy Thanksgiving from Las Cruces

With a little luck, we limped along to Las Cruces. By changing the fuel filter and topping off our fuel tank when we could, the buggy struggled along. The RV park here was closed for the holiday but they had lots of available spaces and instructions to just pick one and pay in the morning. We had leftovers for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Summer 2016 & Beyond

Nov 11, 2016 - Update on our Progress

Just a quick update. Our first night we stayed at Uncle Wally’s. We really like his place. Lots of company that goes home before it gets too late, lots of good food, especially his rotisserie chicken and we can leave as early or as late as we want. What a great host! Our second night was spent in Kerrville, Texas. Next time we go through Texas on I-10 we should spend some time here. It is on the Guadalupe River, which looks like it may be spring fed since it is so clear. It’s bigger than a creek, many a small river and is very pretty. And...

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Sep 12, 2016 - Las Cruces NM - White Sands National Park

The White Sands National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located about 16 miles northeast of Las Cruces NM. The area is in the mountain-ringed Tularosa Basin and comprises the southern part of a 275 square miles field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals. It is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The first exploration was led by a party of US Army officers in 1849. The Mescalero Apache were already living in the area at the time. Hispanic families started farming communities in the area at Tularosa in 1861 and at La...

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Second Half of 2016

Sep 12, 2016 - Las Cruces NM - White Sands Missile Range

White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) is a United States Army rocket range of almost 3,200 sq mi in parts of five counties in southern New Mexico. The largest military installation in the United States, WSMR and the 600,000-acre McGregor Range Complex at Fort Bliss to the south are contiguous areas for military testing. On 9 July 1945, the White Sands Proving Ground was established for testing German and American long range rockets. Just seven days later, the first atomic bomb test, code named Trinity was exploded at Trinity Site, near the north...

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Second Half of 2016

May 28, 2016 - Las Cruces, NM - White Sands Nat'l Monument

Las Cruces – Historic Mesilla: We had to visit the Mesilla district to see the courthouse where Billy the Kid was tried and sentenced to hang. The building itself is a surprisingly small adobe structure that is now a gift shop. The building once served as the Capitol of the Arizona and New Mexico territories. Interestingly, Billy's lawyer who had an office down the street was later murdered along with his eight year old son. Billy the Kid, after sentencing was transferred to Lincoln, NM to be hanged, but, he escaped. Later he was gunned...

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Apr 19, 2016 - Las Cruces, NM - Los Cruces KOA

Our trip from Ft. Stockton, TX to Las Cruces, NM encompassed 299 miles of I-10 with about 40 miles of it going around El Paso and then connecting again with I-10. That loop we took on the east side of El Paso was about the same distance as going through El Paso on I-10 but much less traffic - definitely a preferred way to get through El Paso. The trip took almost exactly five hours and most of a pot of coffee! Doris is starting to use my camera and is getting the hang of it and we have a few more pictures this trip. We also had nothing but...

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Mar 31, 2016 - Time to go East

It's with mixed feelings that we leave Tucson; but, leave we must. We've spent a lot of time with Joe & Jennifer & her family over the past month. We all miss Barbara but life must go on. So, we hit the road early in the morning and had a nice driving day to Las Cruces, NM. Our favorite rest area was closed at Texas Canyon so we continued on to Lordsburg for a lunch stop. We stayed at our usual campground in Las Cruces at Hacienda. We just had some dinner at home and got some rest.

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Summer 2015 & Beyond

Mar 25, 2016 - Las Cruces, NM

We traveled US 70 to Las Cruces, NM where we stayed at Las Cruces KOA. We chose this park because it sits up on a hill overlooking the city and with a great view of the Organ Mountains, one of my favorite range of mountains. The reason we chose to stay here is that I have always wanted to visit Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. One day we did take a drive to that city which is about 80 miles north of Las Cruces. The name of the city always intrigued me so we went to find out why? It seems the town originally known as Hot Springs was crazy...

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Winter 2016

Mar 19, 2016 - Las Cruces

We are now on our way towards Las Cruces, New Mexico where we intend to stay over the weekend and along the way we camped overnight again at Rock Hounds State Park. This too is a nice quiet park near the mountains and close to the Mexican border. We experienced gale force winds during the night so that we were actually rocked to sleep. We did not even go for our morning walk because the winds were still very strong and felt really cold. Today will be another chores day in order to be ready for another week. I also have to do a few minor...

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Mar 15, 2016 - Outta Texas

Today was a very long day. Our Captain is exhausted. He drove over five hours on the freeway, and after four hours, had to navigate through downtown El Paso. -- We stopped for fuel before the sun was up and paid $1.79 a gallon, which we thought was not bad. The sun was shining on the freeway signs as we headed onto the on-ramp. -- There were no more wildflowers and no more green grass today. There were no hills; only a few buttes in the distance. Whenever we pass through this area of Texas, we are so bored by the scenery that we end up...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Jan 28, 2016 - Las Cruces, NM.

We are on our way. Tonight is an overnight stay at a WalMart in Las Cruces. We spent the evening with our friend Ros Brown, who now lives in Las Cruces. It was a surprise to her. We had promised that we would certainly let her know if we were ever in Las Cruces. We had dinner at Applebees. It was good to see her again.

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