Thursday, October 20, 2016

Day Trip to Monticello, New Mexico

You'll notice a new header picture.  That's the full moon rising over the rv with windows reflecting the setting sun.  Picture taken by DeDe.

We stayed four night at Elephant Butte Lake state park.  We met up with friend Christine and her cute dog Edna.  Here's a picture that DeDe took of the four of us.

l-r  Chris, Edna the dog, DeDe and me.

We drove out to the small town of Monticello, passing by the Elephant Butte airport.
Plane on display

Monticello has a little bit of everything, here's a building with ample parking.

And then there are the doors and gates.

We've left the lake and are at Rockhound State Park in southern New Mexico.  Tomorrow DeDe and I will drive south to have lunch at The Pink Store in Puerto Palomas, Mexico.

The view from my bedroom window.

See you around the bend.

Evie and Joy

One last picture.  When we bought our class C, in November 2013, it had about 28,000 miles.  Now look.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Balloons and Rainbows near Albuquerque, New Mexico

This morning DeDe and I got up early and headed into town to watch the balloons.  Because of weather conditions they didn't lift off as early as they were scheduled to but they were only delayed by about 45 minutes.

We were watching from Sandia Casino gas station just up the hill.

Early morning fog along the Rio Grande river, drifting south.  Balloons on the ground.

Balloons above and below the fog.

Before long the fog was gone and the clouds had lifted a bit.

After our balloon watching we headed back home.  That brings up the subject of where we're parked.  In years past the Sandia Casino, which is up the hill from the balloon field, has allowed rv's to park in their rv parking lot for free, and that's where we were last year, along with about 100 other rv's.  But not this year.  They were only letting rv's park in their employee parking lot and were charging anywhere from $75 - $55 a night.  When we first got to ABQ we parked way south of town at another casino that has an rv park and stayed there a week.  Then we started hearing about the Sandia Casino charging so we went 15 miles north of town to the San Felipe Casino which has an rv park but also allows you to dry camp for free.  We have spent almost 10 days here, most of that dry camping and 3 days with electricity. We moved into an electric site so I could run the vacuum and clean house.  This casino is next to an abandoned race track.  It's not in use now because the contractor who built it didn't do a great job and it is now "red tagged".  

During a rainstorm.

After the storm.

We'll be leaving this week heading south to Elephant Butte Lake.  I'll catch up with you soon.

Evie and Joy

There's still lots of fall flowers around, and butterflies too, can you see two of them.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Night We Saw The Sun Crash into the Earth and other Interesting Things

After leaving Colorado we landed in northern New Mexico at Cochiti Lake for several days.  It was the time of the full moon in Sept.  This is the full moon taken with my iPhone.

After taking the moon picture I turned around just in time to see the sun crash into the earth.  Well not really.  The night before we had a thunder and lightning storm that started a small forest fire.  The fire eventually burned for about 4 days but on the second day at sunset this is what we say from our campsite.

Another night DeDe and I saw this balloon in the evening sky.  We looked at it through her binoculars but didn't get a picture of it.  It was way high in the sky.  We were already in the evening shadows but the balloon was so high it was lit up by the sun.  It was glowing red as we watched it drift away.  The next day the newspaper said that as people in Albuquerque were looking at it, at sunset, it was over Farmington, NM about 185 miles away.  Don't know how that could be but that's what they said. 

The next day we saw an elusive roadrunner running across the road.  Not the best pictures, camera was focussing off in the distance, as he was in a hurry.  I'm lucky I got him at all.

Beep beep.

We now are in Albuquerque for a few weeks.  When we got here our intention was to stay in the Sandia Casino parking lot, but the first day it was 91ยบ, way too hot for me so we checked into an rv park so we could have electricity to run our air conditioner.  

We'll be staying in the ABQ area for several more days.  Long enough for DeDe to have some work done to her Honda and her RV as well. And let's not forget about the Balloon Fiesta.  If you click on the blue link you can read all about it.

Picture from last years Fiesta.

Be back soon.

Evie and Joy

One more thing.  Did I mention that our friend DeDe who we met last Christmas in Yuma is caravanning along with us.  She camp hosted this summer in Colorado and that is one reason we hung out up there in the Rockies (besides it being so nice up there).  Now she's tagging along behind us as we zigzag our way towards Yuma for the winter.  Here's a picture of her rv.  It's fun having her along with us.

Here we are at Cochiti Lake.

See you later.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Wrapping Up Our Colorado Summer

The new header picture is where we're boondocking in the shadow of Mt. Princeton.  We're in a large pasture area with plenty of boondocking sites.  When we got here last week there were two other campers here but yesterday one of them left so we moved up the hill to where they were parked.

We drove around Salida, Colorado the other day.  We've been wanting to see what this smokestack was all about.

This smokestack is the last thing standing, (well almost, there is one other little building) from the Ohio-Colorado Smelter and Refining Company.  To read about it click here.

A herd of Elk in a field not far from downtown Salida.

At this time of year, late August, the weather is cooling down at night.  This morning there was a dusting of snow on the tops of the highest mountains around us.

Mt. Massive, 14,429 feet high, as seen from Leadville, CO.  
Those larger patches of snow are what's left from last seasons snowpack.

We'll be leaving this area of Colorado next week.  

We'll catch up with you next week.

Evie and Joy

Antelope out standing in a field north of Salida, Colorado. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Seeking Warmer Elevations

It has started to cool down at night around the Leadville, CO area so we went down the mountain to a lower elevation.  First we went to Cheyenne Mountain State park for two nights.  Cheyenne Mountain is near Colorado Springs so while there we did some grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. We also had our hair trimmed by Anne at Cut It Out Salon.  Anne was so sweet and did a great job, and they even give a senior discount.  We'll remember Anne and next time we're through here we'll come back.

View east towards Kansas from Cheyenne Mountain.

From Colorado Springs we headed south on I 25 to highway 160 and turned west and went to San Luis Lake State Park for two nights.  While there we did some scouting out of dry/boondocking camping spots.  We found two that we marked on our map to stay in later.

View of Great Sand Dunes National Park east of San Luis Lake SP, out bedroom window.
Sun shinning on dunes while mountains behind are in shadow of cloud.

Here are the dunes up closer.

Then we moved back up towards Salida, CO.  Salida, elevation 7195' is at the southern end of the Arkansas Headwaters State Park and Leadville, elevation 10,152' is at the northern end.  In some places in this area it is a wide river valley and in other places it's just wide enough for the road, river and railroad tracks.  We found a very nice dry camping spot with good AT&T and Verizon coverage.  Another blogger mentioned this location and a few weeks ago mom, DeDe and I checked it out.  The next few pictures are of this pretty location off FR 272 between Buena Vista and Salida, in the shade of Mt. Antero.

See rv hiding in the trees?

We're not really in the trees.

A member of the cleome family.

See you down the road.

Evie and Joy

It must be love, fire ring at campsite.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Shrine Pass

We took a drive under this bridge, past the little town of Red Cliff and up to Shrine Pass, elevation of 11,094 feet.  There are fields of wildflowers blooming everywhere.

Maripsoa Lily

We're still in the Leadville, Colorado area and will be here for another month.  Then in early Sept. we will head south towards New Mexico.  We are planning on going to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta again this year which is in early Oct.  So we are just going to wander around staying to the higher elevations to stay cool.  

Until next time.

Evie and Joy

You never know what you'll see when out for a drive.