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Apr 4, 2018 - Wednesday 4/4/18

We said goodbye to Mike and Kathy this morning. They headed back home to Palisade. Bill decided to drive today, though he coughed, hacked, and blew his nose the whole way (poor guy). We’re pretty sure it’s just allergies. Maybe he’s allergic to New Mexico! After all, ever since we entered this state the wind has been blowing, and the dust, dirt, and pollen are all in the air. The wind fueled a wildfire that was moving towards I-25 as we drove by. The smoke was blowing across the interstate, and several fire crews were stationed just west of...

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Aug 14, 2017 - Travel Day through Billy the Kid country

August 14, 2017 Travel day. We are headed to Colorado Springs to do the cog railroad up Pike’s Peak, but it is too far to try to drive in one day. WE took the scenic route through Old Lincoln and saw some of the venues made famous by Billy the Kid. We drove through Capitan and Carrizizo. What a beautiful trip—the mountains loom high early then they open up to these wide plains of green grass. From there we sent up to Santa Rosa, stopping for gas at the cheapest diesel place in 100 miles. Not a great place to stop, not much to offer, but...

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Jul 16, 2017 - Raton, New Mexico stop

Our next stop for the night was in Raton, NM. We drove from Cheyenne, through Colorado, and just across the line into NM. We had gone through Raton on our way to Washington, DC with the Run for the Wall group. This time, we did not receive a parade reception! They were still friendly though.

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Jun 11, 2017 - Raton Area Recap

We are leaving Raton tomorrow and moving just a little bit north and west of here. Our next stop for three nights will be in La Veta, Colorado, at Circle the Wagons RV Park. We tried to stay a week, but the campground was booked. We enjoyed our stay here. We visited Capulin Volcano National Monument, saw the "big city" of Raton from north to south and east to west, hiked in Sugarite Canyon State Park, drove the "Enchanted Circle Hwy", saw Cimarron Canyon, visited friends from AZ who are work camping in Red River and had dinner with some...

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2017-2018

Jun 2, 2017 - Capulin Volcano National Monument

Today, we drove 35 miles to Capulin Volcano National Monument. The name of the locale changed in 1987 from Capulin Mountain National Monument. Capulin rises to an elevation of 8182 feet above sea level and is more than 1300 feet above the surrounding prairie grasslands. The distance around the rim is approximately one mile. There is a road that circles the mountain to reach the rim. Paula and I hiked the Rim Trail and the Lava Flow Trail (at the base), and the Vent Trail (in the center of the cone) for a total of about 2.5 miles. The rim...

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2017-2018

Jun 1, 2017 - Back on the Road Again

It has been quite a while since I last posted. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since September 2016. We did make it back to Mesa for the winter. The first order of business when we get back to AZ is to visit our doctor for our annual physicals. I had noticed a lump on under my left jaw in July. I knew I would see the doctor in October when we got to Mesa. After seeing the doctor, the first order of business was to schedule an ultrasound of the mass. That result came back inconclusive. So, a CT scan was ordered. That scan was also...

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2017-2018

Sep 2, 2016 - Raton Pass RV Park

/// Raton Pass RV Park Raton, NM Friday – September 2, 2016 A Travel Day: Whew...! What a day. Today had to rank right up there in the top five worse travel days we have experienced. We departed the A.B. RV Campground in Cheyenne, WY by 8:30 AM. With a long haul through Colorado planned I decided to stop at a local fuel stop to top off with diesel fuel. I pulled into a Valero station only to find the auto diesel pumps out of service. I next pulled out back to the truck pumps only to discover that they would not accept my credit card. I...

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Aug 1, 2016 - Raton NM

Friday’s 4 hour drive from PDCSP back through Amarillo onto Hwy 287, then Hwy 87 through Hartley and Dalhart, then into New Mexico at Texline and onto I-25 at Raton for the last 10 miles was pretty easy except for the wind which was pretty enthusiastic for awhile. We set up camp at I-25 and the NM/CO border at the Raton Pass Camp & Cafe under threatening skies, then headed back into Raton for a late lunch – actually a really late breakfast – at Bruno’s Pizza and Wings. It was decent, but not picture worthy, but it did help resolve my...

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Jul 26, 2016 - Santa Fe to Raton Pass

We shared our morning coffee outdoors with Jan joining us, but we didn’t spend as much time as usual before getting things ready to go. I worked outdoors while Marilyn worked indoors getting the checklist items completed. Things went smoothly until…….. Marilyn operated the slides as usual but we lost a bathroom door because it was open when the slide was moving in to the “stow” position. That slide is not visible from where the switch operating it is located, and it was the sound of the door being ripped loose which alerted her that all was...

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Jul 18, 2016 - Road to Raton

We had driven part of the route to Raton when we did the Enchanted Circle so we knew the first section to Eagle's Nest would be slow going. Highway 64 winds through the Carson National Forest and the road is curvy and narrow with lots of ascents and descents. Fortunately, the traffic is very light and we had no difficulty. We stopped in Eagle's Nest to get a few gallons of diesel to get us to Raton. We arrived at the KOA in Raton just in time for lunch. It's a fairly nice park and we did a grocery run to pick up a few things to get us to...

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Summer 2016 & Beyond

May 17, 2016 - Raton, NM

What is there to say about today? It was cold, rainy and long.... well, at least a long drive. We are at a non-destination. Some days you just have to drive to somewhere that is on the way to somewhere else. That was today. We're staying overnight in Rotan, NM. Definitely NOT a vacation spot, but it's at the bottom of the mountain, which we will climb tomorrow to get to Colorado Springs. We woke up to temperatures in Amarillo in the low 40's, which is about 25 degrees below normal. Yikes! It was cold. But tomorrow morning it will be in the...

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Sep 30, 2015 - Raton Pass, NM

Colorado Springs, CO to Raton Pass, NM via I-25 S (148 miles, 3.5 hours)…here we come! Only one more week till the Balloon Fiesta…so excited. The landscape on our drive on I-25 S was flat terrain with brownish grass and bushes with a mountain range in the west. As we got onto Raton Pass, the views of the mountain and valley were spectacular. We drove into a lightning storm and saw lots of lightning bolts. In the heavy rain, we drove past our RV park exit 460, and had to turn around to find our camp, Raton Pass Camp & Café. Another rain...

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