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Mar 25, 2016 - Caballo State Park

Arrived at Caballo State Park and took a trip to Truth or Consequences the next day to find out the real truth about how the name came to be...... In March 1950, Ralph Edwards, the host of the radio quiz show Truth or Consequences, announced that he would air the program on its 10th anniversary from the first town that renamed itself after the show; Hot Springs won the honor, officially changing its name on March 31, 1950 (the program originated there the following evening, April 1st). Edwards visited the town during the first weekend of...

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Jan 19, 2016 - On the Road!

Day Before Departure January 18, 2016 After three straight hours of packing I found a place for everything I need (and want) with space left over. Sportsmobile does a great job with utilizing small spaces. As you can see in the pictures, three of the doors have storage areas, and they are deep and hold more than you would expect. The rear door is my game closet; I re-packaged Z's Mah Jongg set so I could bring it along. The side doors hold extra towels, supplies, shopping bags and my fanny sack. The previous owner added a velcro strap...

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Born to Wanda

Oct 18, 2014 - Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences was a popular game show on television with Ralph Edwards as the host. He offered to give $10,000 a year to any town that would change its name to Truth or Consequences. It's only a 15 minute drive to T or C, as New Mexicans call it, from Elephant Butte. We went there to go soak in the mineral springs at Riverbend Hot Springs. At the resort we spoke with a woman who told us what happened. The $10,000 was given each year to a charity chosen by the town, the local children's hospital. The award was received annually...

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Nov 3, 2013 - Truth or Consequences, NM

Our journey to Arizona continues to go well. We have been blessed with good weather other than some wind. The landscape continues to change as we go. Today's trip between Albuquerque and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico was very scenic. Bright yellow trees dotted the landscape, especially along the Rio Grande River. This was our longest day--327 miles. Our next two will be about 250 each. Total trip from OKC is about 1200. Our RV park tonight is very unusual. Cielo Vista means "Sky View", and the park definitely offers that. There is...

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Nov 1, 2013 - Truth or Consequences, NM

Day 81 - Truth or Consequences, NM 11/1/2013 We made a side trip back up to Truth or Consequences. First we stopped in Hatch for lunch. It was an interesting place to say the least. The food was good. We then went on up to T or C to visit the museum. For a small museum, it was very interesting on everything from local flare to Geronimo. On the way home, we decided to check out a chicken. We had seen a sign for Spaceport America. It said future site, but had been crossed out to just read site of, so we got off the freeway to check it out. We...

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2013 Fall Colors

Sep 11, 2013 - Truth or Consequences, NM.

We drove 340 miles through El Paso, Tx. to Truth or Consequences, NM. Driving through El Paso is always painful, but the only rain we had today was while in El Paso, how fun! This may have been the first day or our trip we drove without air conditioning. T or C is at a elevation of 4200 ft., so hopefully we have a cooler evening in store (sleep with the windows open?). We are at the RJ RV Park in downtown T or C., with 50 amp service and full hookups for that afternoon AC. Tomorrow it's home to Overgaard to complete the round trip for this...

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Dec 10, 2012 - Lunch atop Turtleback Mountain

If I’m in an area long enough, it’s just a matter of time before I start looking for places to explore. When we arrived here in T or C, NM… one of the pictures I took included a mountain range visible from our campsite. It wasn’t until I began reading about the area that I realized the tallest mountain was called Turtleback, and once a “local” mentioned it was a popular hiking destination… well, it was on my list of things to do. (Whether you call it Turtleback, or Squirrel Back Mountain, depends on which side of the peak you consider the...

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Dec 5, 2012 - Truth or Consequences, NM

The countryside is dotted with towns that don’t look like much on the surface, but have interesting back stories upon further study. Truth or Consequences, NM is such a town. Half the town is more contemporary, with a Main street lined with familiar names: McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut, etc… but drive further, and another town exists. Originally named Hot Springs, the town got its start in 1910 when the first homestead was filed, but people have come here for the natural hot springs since before Spanish settlers showed up in 1598. Upon...

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Nov 16, 2012 - Exploring our possibilities and our warm and lovely southwest

We spent a week with Ron and Genny and the spoiled us rotten! She is a wonderful baker and cook and it was nice eating someone else's cooking. We feel like we have known each other our whole lives and they opened up their home to us, making us feel so welcome! When we were packing up to leave, she told us that they had a mattress that would fit our bed. It is nearly new and such good quality! Ours was so hard and the wire wasn't padded anymore. It was almost like sleeping on the floor! We are so blessed!! We had a wonderful night's sleep...

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Oct 2, 2012 - Elephant Bluffs Lake State Park

We are at the most beautiful location. We are on a bluff overlooking Elephant Bluffs Lake in the state park. It is a back in site so we look over the lake out the windshield. The lake is down right now as the dam has been opened. The river is the Rio Grande. We followed the west side of the valley all this morning (124 miles) and enjoyed looking at the green, GREEN crops where they pull water from the river. We will be here for 3 nights - just relaxing - no plans - no schedules - no nothing. We even passed some good looking restaurants so I...

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Summer 2012 Travels

May 17, 2012 - Elephant Butte State Camp

Did not get up until 7:30 (!) to a clear but cool morning. I think we are averaging about 9 hours of “good” sleep a night despite potty breaks. (We don’t get this in Sonoma). Had some breakfast, broke down camp and drove to take showers. This is an “administrative” day. We are headed to Las Cruces but want to break up the 375 mile drive. Headed down Hwy 84 through lovely forested mesas. As we neared Santa Fe we found much more of a desert like terrain. Trader Joe’s was right off Route 25 where we had shopped when we visited with the...

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Roadtrek Travels

Mar 1, 2012 - Truth or Consequences

Only in New Mexico. Truth or Consequences (T or C) was renamed for some silly TV show in the 1950's and the name stayed. There is nothing much here except a big dam. Every school or public holiday the town grows in size with people fishing and boating on the dam. Except at the moment because there has been a drought for years and there is bugger all water. The towns original name was 'Hot Springs' because they have quite a few and are supposed to be great for whatever ails you. Just out of T or C is a nice little village called Chloride....

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