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Jan 14, 2018 - Last Day in Las Cruces & Mesilla

It was an up and down night. Our Aqua Hot is acting up. Our fix is already in Quartzite. We are trying to stay warm until we get there. Saturday night was a bit of a stretch. We woke up at 1:20 to the smell of diesel and the Aqua Hot off. Reset and it lasted about 20 minutes. Reset and it got us back to sleep. I woke up a little after six and it was off again. Thermometer against the outside wall showed 54 degrees. A little cool. But we survived. We restarted it a couple of times and managed to get the coach warm. But it was a beautiful...

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Jan 13, 2018 - Las Cruces Bound and Down

Wow, we woke up this morning in the parking lot of WalMart in Fort Stockton. As Sadie and I went out for our quick morning walk in 31 degree weather, I took count and there were now 19 RV's and 3 semi's. It took a little while to get everything ready to go for various reasons but we did manage to pull out about 8:45 a.m. And then it was off to roll on some more new highway. Fascinating scenery and while we started out at about 3,300 feet above sea level it was not long before we checked and were near 4,500 feet in elevation. About two hours...

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Dec 29, 2017 - Las Cruces, NM

Las Cruces is a stopover we are making in order to check out the area. Las Cruces is a place that is often mentioned as "one of the 10 best places in America to retire." We were not impressed with the town, but it has gorgeous views of the mountains and fabulous Mexican food! The RV park was in town and not much to look at, but was surprisingly clean and well kept, and also quiet at night. Las Cruces and it's surrounding countryside advocate "dark sky" reduction in light pollution, making the night sky very scenic.

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Oct 10, 2017 - Las Cruces NM

Monday’s drive from Tucson to Las Cruces fortunately was a breeze...literally. There were high wind warnings all the way along I-10, but this time it was the ever-elusive tailwind for us. In fact, according to the coach dash computer, we were getting over 11mpg for a stretch. Now, that may not sound all that impressive but since we have seen sub-6mpg before anything in double-digits is a keeper. We wheeled into the Hacienda RV Park on the south side of Las Cruces and got set up, then did a whole lot of nothing after that. The plan was to...

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Sep 7, 2017 - A Travel Day - Las Cruces KOA

/// Thursday - September 7, 2017 A Travel Day: Leg #6 With a trip today of just 195 miles we took our time preparing to travel. We finally departed Roswell by 9:15 A.M. Our route today would take us west on US 70, through Ruidoso, Alamogordo and past White Sands. The road conditions today were mostly good with just a few rough spots and very little road construction. Traffic was light and the weather was clear and calm. Once again, with the ride so easy we drove straight through and arrived at the Las Cruces KOA by 1:00 P.M. Check-in was...

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May 28, 2017 - Finally out of Texas

Well today is going to be the day we get out of Texas. 800+ miles across the state with a slight side trip to Waco. Everyone knows that Texas is a big state and probably could be its own country, but when you drive across it you really can get an appreciation of the size of Texas-- BIG! We got an early start out of Junction, since we knew that we had to drive about 480 miles. Turns out when the road is straight and the speed limit is 75 it is not too bad. The topography in west Texas is quite varied. Lots of rolling hills and grass lands...

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May 14, 2017 - NM-Las Cruces-LaPosta

We ate at our favorite Mexican restaurant here in Las Cruces - La Posta - it was a rest stop along the way for stage coaches. Here is their story: As we say in Spanish, “my house is your house” and we are pleased that you are paying us this visit. The history of this famous Mexican restaurant a stone's throw from Las Cruces, NM is long and colorful. This is the original La Posta. For more than a century and a half, these adobe walls have withstood the attack of elements and man, sheltering such personalities as Billy the Kid, Kit Carson,...

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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

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