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May 10, 2007 - Welcomed at "The Ranch" in Lakewood, NM

I decided not to chance camping in the Guadalupe Mountains and went instead to an SKP park called "The Ranch" north of Carlsbad to stay for a few days to visit the two National Parks in the area. When I pulled in, the manager came out and rang a big bell outside the office. At least 7 people came over to welcome me and give me a hug (hugging is a tradition at SKP parks, but this was above and beyond!). I had only driven a couple of hours but I am now in the Mountain time zone. I passed a state park with a sign for a boat launch, and an...

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Apr 4, 2007 - On to New Mexico

April 2-4 - Left Willcox, AZ on Monday driving east into New Mexico. Destination: The Ranch, near Artisia. Actually located in Lakewood, a town with only a post office it seems, the Ranch is an SKP park. It sits on a working cattle ranch and the park is enclosed by an electrified fence to keep the cattle out of the park. There are 188 sites, all owned by the members, and vacant owner spots are rented for overnight travelers like us. We drove to Las Cruces and turned northeast on 70 to Alamogordo. This route took us by the White Sands...

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Turney Travels 2007

Mar 21, 2007 - Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Wednesday, March 21, we arrive in Alpine, Texas. It was only about two-hour drive to the Pecan Grove RV Park. It was an older, smaller park but it has cable connections and free Wifi. That evening we eat at Pizza Hut. Thursday morning we headed for Carlsbad, New Mexico. Actually we are going to an Escapees RV park, which is about 20 miles north of the town of Carlsbad. You must be a member of Escapees before you can stay in their parks. Most of the members are full time RVers, as we are. Most of these parks are in the southern states and a...

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Feb 15, 2007 - CARLSBAD CAVERNS

Today was Shawn's birthday, and we celebrated with a side trip to Carlsbad Caverns. We went down over 800 feet underground and explored the vast cavern rooms. We especially enjoyed the active stalactites and stalagmites and the fossils exposed in the walls. It was well worth going out of our way.

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Jan 7, 2007 - Carlsbad Caverns

Ever since we left on this trip people were telling us that the Carlsbad Caverns were a must see. After visiting the Jewel caves in South Dakota, which were great, I have been intrigued about Carlsbad. After having visited them I get it. WOW! The entrance is a 150 ft hole in the ground, followed by a 750ft descent down a 1 mile winding path. After an hour and a half of walking with my jaw open it really hit the floor when we got to "The Big Room." At ½ mile in length and up to 255 ft in height you forget that you are 750 ft underground!...

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Nov 2, 2006 - Carlsbad, NM

Found the campground, it's about 15 miles north of town. One of the nicest KOA's we have ever stayed at. Went down south to Carlsbad Caverns National Park this morning. We decided to take the natural entrance route and hike down. After hiking the 1 1/2 mile trail we had decended 750 feet underground. We were told that the cave was a constant 56 degrees, which made it about 8 degrees warmer than the surface today. It was quite a hike, both of us got pretty warm on the way down. We enjoyed many of the different formations along the hike. Was...

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Oct 14, 2006 - Carlsbad Cavern and Guadalupe National Parks

The weather kept the balloons down and it looked like they would not fly for a couple of days, so the decision was made to make a rather long side trip to Carlsbad Cavern and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks. Interesting enough the road to Carlsbad goes through the town of Roswell and the famous Area 51 where the UFO's are suppose to be seen, and lore has it that one crashed and the government took and hid it in a secret laboratory. Anyway, the town seems to make the most out of it, and it is kind of different to see on the long barren...

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Apr 14, 2006 - A mighty Big hole in the ground.

The Carlsbad Caverns were very exciting. I walked down and rode the Eleavator UP...Cheating a little but it was the only choice. The caverns were very much different from the Katchner Caverns in Az. Great trails and display with lighted panels on the best features. Went to visit my niece Lee and her family in Artesia, N.M. I had not see her since her mom Shirley had passed away. She was 10 year old then and now is 42 with a 25 year old son (John). Great family and I had a wonderful time talking about Shirley who died of a brain anurmisum....

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Bobs-Travels-2006

Nov 30, 2005 - Lakewood, NM

Hello from "The Ranch" SKP park, our second co-op park to visit. Their claim is" the friendliest park in the system" and I believe it. Everyone has been really friendly from Ken who met us whenwe got here Tuesday night at 7pm and told us the way to boondocking sites and said "just come register in the morning" to Charlotte who answered all our questions and made sure we got name tags and an invite to happy hour to all the other residents and guests here. Wow what a trip up here. We left Deming in the afternoon because we ran into a problem...

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D&J JourneyOn

Nov 15, 2005 - Headed for Carlsbad Caverns tomorrow morning

There's been a change in plan. Instead of going down to Texas after Carlsbad, I'm heading to Denver to have Thanksgiving with the family. Then, weather permitting, I'm headed over to Moab, Utah and, perhaps, Parumph, Nevada. My last stop in Arizona was near the tiny town of Portal on the eastern side of the Chiricahua mountains in a campground called Sunny Flats. Margrethe had told me it was really pretty there. She was right about that. Next morning I was off to Carlsbad Caverns with a stop in Guadalupe National Park, Texas. Carlsbad was...

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Newt's Journal

Oct 27, 2005 - Carlsbad, New Mexico

When we first started out way back in July, we felt like we had all the time in the world, so it's a somewhat rude awakening to realize that we're now pressed for time. We're leaving for Mexico (from Dallas) on November 2nd so we need to be in Dallas within the next few days. By the time we get back from Mexico, we'll only have about a week to make it home because we've promised our families we'll be home by Thanksgiving. Not to mention the fact that Sylvia and Irving (my grandparents), escaping the ravages of Hurricane Wilma, have been...

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Apr 26, 2005 - Roswell NM & Carlsbad Cavern National Park

Today we headed out by 6:45 a.m. from Santa Fe en route to Roswell, NM and then Carlsbad Cavern National Park. Today's landscape was not terribly pleasing to the eye - and we recognize it's only going to get worse (i.e., Texas soon....). Hence, we decided it was the perfect place for aliens to choose to land - so we were sure to check out the UFO museum in Roswell. Michelle was disappointed that 'her people' didn't contact her while in town. Must not be her time to return home yet...(note from Jenn: Michelle really does seem to think she's...

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Michelle & Jenn

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