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Apr 18, 2016 - Silver City, NM

Silver City was founded in a valley inhabited by the Apache. Native Americans had been fighting to rid their land of Spanish settlers starting from 1600 to the early 1800's. Mexican Independence in 1821 resulted in Mexican settlers streaming to the area. In 1853 a 29,640 square mile region of present day southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico was purchased by the United States. The purchase was the last territorial acquisition in the contiguous United States to add a large area to the county. When gold was discovered in 1860 American...

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Spring Trip 2016

Mar 16, 2016 - Gila area

We headed south again to Silver City, New Mexico and stayed at a friendly but run down campground overnight in order to get an early start to get to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Another scenic and curvy road with many hairpin turns. It took us one hour to drive the 40 miles to get there. This is one of many sites in the Southern USA where early settlers in around 1250-1300 AD made their dwellings in caves high up in the rocks and along a river so that water would be available to grow some crops of corn and other staples. We also...

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Feb 23, 2016 - Rose Valley RV Ranch - (2/13 - 2/20/16)

We arrived in Silver City, NM on Saturday. We were going to stay at one park, but because it was outside of town we decided to check out another in town, Rose Valley RV Ranch on Memory Lane. It was love at first sight. We had a choice of a number of back-in and pull-thru sites. We chose site #34. There is a lot of space between sites with trees and fences. There are many things to see and do all around, so we paid for a full week. Usually we only stay for 3 or 4 days. There was only one small issue with the site and we overcame it. The...

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Jan 21, 2016 - Expectations

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 When I left Cielo Vista this morning before 7:00 am, I only knew that I had a whole day before I had to be in Tucson. Where should I go? Should I take the route I always have, through Hatch and Deming? Hatch – been there, done that. Deming – would have to flip off every NM Highway Patrolman I saw hoping one of them was the dude who gave me a speeding ticket last May. He was unimpressed by my 35-years-without-a-ticket speech and was unbelievably polite while handing me the citation. I was dumb enough to say...

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Born to Wanda

Apr 25, 2015 - City of Rocks State Park and Silver City

Today, we took a trip north of Deming to a really neat place. Talk about "Kodak" moments, there are a bunch of photo ops in this place. Encompassing a little over a square mile, City of Rocks State Park gets it name from numerous sculptured rock formations in the shape of boulders or pinnacles 40 feet high. Originally created 34.9 million years ago from volcanic activity, erosion over millions of years shaped the formations as they are today. I even managed to log a couple of geocaches while there. After walking through the rocks, we...

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Where RV Now?

Apr 9, 2015 - Gila wilderness

We headed to Silver City and ate lunch at Jalisco's, a nice Mexican restaurant. We drove up to the Gila wilderness area to camp and hike for the next 3 days. We camped at the trailhead that leads to the light feather hot springs where we soaked after a good hike in along the Gila river. Javelinas came out in the morning down by the river about 100 yards from us. They look like hairy pigs that run in packs of 5-15. This was a group of 9 that foraged a while and left. We hiked up to the Gila cliff dwellings which are worth seeing. It's a...

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Apr 4, 2015 - Silver City, New Mexico

You cannot imagine how very tired I was and how much I needed a vacation! G and I have been going nonstop since February 1. Let me tell you that selling a house takes a lot of courage! Even though we had downsized to a 5 x10 storage room (plus we left the large furniture in the workshop on the IGN property), there was still so much to do. Estate sell, bigger storage locker for furniture our daughters wanted, arrange for new countertops, flooring, removal of old carpeting, negotiate the sell, renegotiate the sell, go to wrong closing office,...

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New Mexico, Again

Jan 21, 2015 - City of Rocks State Park & Silver City

Today we went to explore City of Rocks State Park. The rock formations were produced by a very large volcanic eruption that occurred 34.9 million years ago. The park is a one square mile area in the Chihuahuan desert region of southeastern New Mexico. The rocks seem to just grow out of the earth. Some are up to 40 feet high. They are like a maze to get lost in. Great place to play hide and seek!! Next we drove on to Silver City for lunch and a little sightseeing.The town once served as an Apache campsite.It is also known for copper and...

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Jan 23, 2014 - Silver City Saunterings

We drove to Silver City today- a famous mining town that is only about 32 miles away. It has a famous historical downtown according to the signs, and it was pretty cute. It had lots of hills which worked to the detriment of the town back in the late 1800's when record rains deluged the main street turning it into what is now called "Big Ditch." There were lots of artsy/crafty places (one shop called itself Yada,Yada,Yada,Yada Yarn) and some lovely hotels which are still taking guests The Murray Hotel and The Palace Hotel. We toured the...

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Jun 19, 2013 - Silver City, NM

Wed., June 19th – It was quite a drive and not one for the faint-hearted to the Gila Cliff Dwellings deep in the heart of the Gila (pronounced He la) Wilderness. The journey brought us to a most spectacular archeological site that dates back to 1270AD. The self-guided walking loop is straight up ½ mile, a walk through a series of prehistoric caves, and another ½ mile down. After our hike, we picnicked at the Visitor Center before heading back to the campground. A stop at the local Doc Campbell’s Store for homemade ice-cream was a must....

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Apr 20, 2013 - Trail of the Mountain Spirits

Up early and left by 8 am. We took the "Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway". We headed to Gila National Forest our drive was about 2.5 hours only 40 miles from Silver City, but a paved narrow 2 lane twisty hilly road along a beautiful forested road. Our stop was to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. This is one of most least visited parks. What is great about this park is that you can climb in the dwellings and look around. It was about a 1 mile hike to the dwellings and actually go inside and look around. It was...

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Apr 19, 2013 - Silver City

Awoke to a very cold morning 30! We located the visitor center and got all of information we needed. We walked around old town Silver City. The was created in 1880. Discovery of Silver and the city was created to last. To build only masonry buildings. Their main street was a series of devastating floods between 1890 and 1910 washed away main street. What use to be main street is now known as the Big Ditch, and lies some 55 feet below grade. It was named after the Panama Canal, and is the watercourse for the San Vicente Creek now. It...

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