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Jan 10, 2016 - White on White

Today we took a ride to the Tularosa Basin in southern New Mexico to White Sands National Monument-shimmering white dunes covering 275 square miles. The sea of sand is actually the largest gypsum dunefield in the world. The mineral gypsum is found in the rocks of the mountain ranges surrounding the basin. Rain and snow dissolve it and wash the gypsum down into the basin, then as the water evaporates it leaves the crystals which the wind eventually erodes into sand. (So much for a very condensed history lesson millions of years in the...

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Jan 9, 2016 - Traveling thru New Mexico

We finally left Texas behind and entered into New Mexico today.The scenery is beginning to change and we are seeing snow on the mountain tops.After checking into the campground today we had lunch at an authentic mexican resturant.They love their spices and hot salsa! We toured the historic town of Mesilla and attended mass at the Basilica of San Albino. We are planning on staying another day then on to Arizona.

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Jan 5, 2016 - just chillin'

We were fortunate to have a grand tour our first day here from Jim & Debi, listeners to our RV Navigator podcast and local residents. They told us that Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico, which was a surprise. Santa Fe feels much larger and is certainly more affluent. This is a university town which adds some culture and dimension to what to us feels like a small town with a lot of poor people. Las Cruces is bordered on the east by a dramatic rise of mountains, the Organs, so called because they looked like organ pipes to...

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Jan 3, 2016 - staying put

A short and beautiful drive today past El Paso to Las Cruces where we plan to linger a while. The sun was bright and the skies were the vivid blue we expect in the southwest. The route wound through the Guadalupe Mountains which contain the highest mountain in Texas in a national park. The summit at 5,400 feet was probably socked in with snow not long ago and there were signs warning of high winds. Today it just was a gorgeous drive. We've driven past Las Cruces a few times. Now we will take the time to see what's here and recover from all...

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Nov 21, 2015 - Roswell to Los Cruses New Mexico

Monday Nov. 16, 2017 (Bottomless Lakes State Park & Artesia NM) It was very windy so we decided to take a short day trip first to Bottomless Lakes State Park and then to the town of Artesia. Bottomless Lake State Park is located 14 miles southeast of Roswell. The unique lakes at this park are sinkholes, ranging from 17 to 90 feet deep. The greenish-blue color created by aquatic plants is what gives the lakes the illusion of great depth. As it was very windy we didn’t do too much hiking so we continued on our day trip. Next stop was...

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Oct 22, 2015 - Days 72-73 San Antonio, TX to Las Cruces, NM

October 21, 2015 Day 72 San Antonio, TX to Fort Stockton, TX We left the Braunig Lake RV Park about 7 am and got fuel next door at the Velero gas station. Diesel was $2.259/ gal. We took the I-35 north to the I-410 west to I-10 west. Our destination is 330 miles at Fort Stockton RV Park in Fort Stockton, TX. We had some rain off and on for the first half but the wind which was strong at the start got progressively worse as the day progressed. After a stop for lunch, we arrived at the campgrounds about 4 pm. The wind didn’t abate this...

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Oct 22, 2015 - Las Cruces, NM

We had a good drive today getting in early once again. We have been leaving earlier then normal so that we could get in more miles. After getting set up and having a couple hours to relax we left the park to visit the Mesilla Plaza in Old Town. We have been there before but some of them had not. The area was established in the early 1800's. Billy the Kid was sent to trial here and was sentenced to hang. It was one of the stops for the Overland Stage Lines from 1858 to 1861. It was the forerunner to the Pony Express. We enjoyed walking...

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Oct 22, 2015 - Las Cruses, New Mexico

We left Ft. Stockton this morning at 0810 and arrived in Las Cruses, New Mexico around 1300. We traveled about 275 miles but we also picked up an extra hour when we entered the Mountain Time Zone. The drive was a very easy drive with clear skies and no wind. We did observe some evidence of the storms damage as we traveled westward but we noticed more damage as we neared El Paso, Texas and into Las Cuses, New Mexico. We will be here for only one night and we will leave for Tucson, Arizona where we will stay for two days. Tucson is about 275...

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Oct 18, 2015 - las cruces nm - old historic la mesilla

visit http://www.mesilla.com these are our days 9 & 10 photo links https://picasaweb.google.com/117203046488154091240/Day9Rt180West?authkey=Gv1sRgCLad1Le_hfyttgE https://picasaweb.google.com/117203046488154091240/Day10Rt180West02?authkey=Gv1sRgCLi2_6b3kLnEag

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Oct 17, 2015 - days 12,13,14 - las cruces nm - rv park

days 12, 13, & 14 in las cruces nm & la medulla historic plaza we missed a mariachi show in the plaza that day but I asked someone to email me some videos, if they do I will send to everyone...this plaza is where they have, next week, the day of the dead program, (dia de los muertos) if you remember we were here for that a few years ago and sent photos... our 3 days photos https://picasaweb.google.com/117203046488154091240/Days121314InLasCrucesNmLaMesilla?authkey=Gv1sRgCI-Gidq4xqjZ4QE Click the link below to see where we are located....

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Oct 12, 2015 - White Sands National Monument and Missile Range

While in Las Cruces, we stayed at Hacienda RV Resort which turned out to live up to it's name as being a true resort. It's one of the nicer RV resorts that we've stayed in. They have a beautiful clubhouse and we had a spacious site. It's also near historic Old Mesilla - in fact walking distance. We had been there before but wanted to revisit, so headed down our first day. We were lucky to come upon a jazz concert in the plaza. We explored the shops in the square, then settled on lunch in the atrium of the 150 year old Double Eagle...

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Jul 16, 2015 - Ghost Town of Chloride

I think this is going to be a 2 part entry as I took a lot of photos. We learned so much history that I knew I would not be able to tell you all I wanted to tell you in just one entry. CJ, the RV Park's owner, picked us up in her car and we drove the little over an hour to an old ghost town. The drive was beautiful giving us a chance to see a different part of New Mexico we haven’t seen yet. Lush and green rolling hills and an area called Red Rock because of the color of the earth. We also drove past Ted Turner’s land ….huge amount of...

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