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Jul 15, 2015 - Arrey, New Mexico

We decided to stay around town for a few more days. There are a couple of ghost towns close by that we want to see and since we are not on a time line the decision to stick around was easy for us. There is a very little town here called Arrey. It has a café, a post office, a tiny grocery store and an elementary school. In 2010 the population was 232….and now 5 years later, not sure how many they have, but I guess enough to support an elementary school. The owner of the RV park told us to go to the Arrey Café as they had really good food....

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Jul 14, 2015 - Truth or Consequences

For those in the know, it is T or C…..for the rest of you, we visited Truth or Consequences today. Here is the history of T or C….. “Originally named Hot Springs, the city changed its name to Truth or Consequences, the title of a popular NBC Radio program. In 1950, Ralph Edwards, the host of the radio quiz show Truth or Consequences, announced that he would air the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show; Hot Springs won the honor. Edwards visited the town during the first weekend of May for the next 50 years. This...

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Jul 13, 2015 - Caballo Lake State Park

Our first stop today was in Hatch. We had promised our sons that we would pick up some chiles for them since Hatch is considered the Chile Capital of the World. Yep, there are chiles everywhere. I have put Hatch on the map in my journal a couple times before but, even so, I will add a couple photos from today. After picking up XXHOT chile powder and other hot goodies we noticed a very non-descript building with a lot of cars in front of it. It was the B & E Burrito restaurant. Of course, we had to stop in. John had a delicious red chile...

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Jul 12, 2015 - Elephant Butte

Today we decided to take Toby with us for our little trip to see Elephant Butte State Park, known as the “Diamond in the Desert”. Lots of bird watching, fishing, boating, and hiking for vacationers. The lake is the largest in New Mexico, 84th largest man-made lake in the U.S. The name "Elephant Butte" refers to a volcanic core similar to Devils Tower in Wyoming. It is now an island in the lake. The butte was said to have the shape of an elephant lying on its side. Hmmm, we had a bit of a time seeing it, but with a lot of study, we kinda...

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Jul 11, 2015 - Back on the road....

We both work up early. I think we were so excited to head out and restart our adventure. All things went better than we had thought. We were a well-oiled team….ready to hitch up and take off. We both got the house together, locked up and went outside to load Toby in the backseat of the truck and I got myself in the position to help John line up the 5th wheel. John gets the truck lined up, goes over to the automatic leveler system, and pushes buttons and the rear levelers go up. He hits the button for the front…..nothing. He hits them again,...

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Jul 10, 2015 - Even wetter Friday

My goodness! If I had thought it rained hard yesterday, I was totally mistaken. It absolutely poured for hours upon hours today & tonight. Not just a little rain, but lots and lots, just hammering the roof of the RV. Thunder and lightning over and over. Wow, I think we are getting the experience of a Southwest monsoon. The news alert seems to be coming on the TV several times about storms all over the state. Fingers crossed that it doesn't rain tomorrow. John has enough stress hooking up to head out....this might frazzle him even more. I,...

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Jul 9, 2015 - Wet Thursday

Okay, so I lied. Nope, told a white fib. We are leaving Saturday, not tomorrow. Got my days mixed up. I have added various photos that were taken within the last couple weeks. Somehow they did not make it to the journal when I took them. John took the truck in for maintenance today. He went to Lithia Dodge in Las Cruces and was very pleased with the service. Anytime you can get away for less than $300 is a good day. I had to run to Wally's to pick up some stuff for Toby and while I was there we had a thunderstorm and rain deluge. The noise...

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Jul 8, 2015 - Getting ready to leave

We did chores today since we are leaving on Friday. First on the list...make an appointment for an oil change and other stuff that needs to be done on the truck. Crossing our fingers that there won't be anything wrong. It is always a drag to service the vehicles as it seems like it is always more money than we want to spend. Have to treat that truck well, of course, as it pulls our home. On to the rest of my list of things to do. I had to return all the leg wrappings to the treatment center, stop at Wally's to pick up a few items we needed,...

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Jul 7, 2015 - Veteran's Memorial Park

Happy Birthday to Me! Happy Birthday to Me! Yes, today was my birthday. I had Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast (glazed) and coffee. For lunch I collected my “free” birthday ice cream cone from Baskin-Robbins and for dinner we went to my favorite Italian restaurant for dinner…Zeffiro’s. Nothing like a food filled day all about you and what you want to eat. I think I should extend this birthday for the rest of the month…. I got wonderful gifts and phone calls from family and my dear husband. Love talking to all my kids, and especially the...

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Jul 6, 2015 - White Sand National Monument

We headed out for the White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, NM today. It was about an hour drive over/through the Organ Mountains that we visited last week. The Monument is about 16 miles from Alamogordo in the Dona Ana County. 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. "Gypsum is rarely found in the form of sand because it is water-soluble. Normally, rain would...

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Jul 4, 2015 - Happy 4th of July

We had a great 4th of July. We have now spent the 4th of July in New Mexico, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Oregon. They were all very different and really fun. Haines, Oregon, in NE Oregon was a very small town, with a rodeo, an adorable town parade and a roasted steer for a wonderful dinner, ending with a great firework display. Custer, South Dakota, another small town with a nice parade, town fireworks. Spent with our dear friends, Larry & Lee Ann Fairmont, Minnesota, had a decorated ATV parade around the RV park, outside entertainment...

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Jul 2, 2015 - Sad news

One of my favorite quotes was from John Lennon ….”Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans”. Sometimes it hits you along the side of your head to get your attention. Today, we found out that one of our dearest friends received the word that they have cancer. We have great love and respect for this friend and were stunned to hear the news. Our friend has an undying faith in the Lord and truly believes that they will meet this challenge with courage and strength. And, we truly believe that as well. We will be there for...

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