The lovely Salt River
And up the other side.
We even manage to see some wildlife along the way. Here is a slow moving snake.
And a fast moving lizard who stopped and turned around to look at me.
After doing laundry in Show Low we found a nice RV park to stay in for two nights. We spent our day off cleaning our little cabin on wheels. And let's not forget about the naps too.
We left Show Low and took highway 260 to Springerville and just kept on going on into New Mexico on highway 180 down to Glenwood where we stayed the night in a US Forestry campground for free(our tax dollars at work). While driving into the Big Horn cg a camper came over to tell me that one of my break lights was not working. It just so happens that I have an extra one of those little guys, 1157's. So went about replacing the burned out bulb.
Funny thing the old bulb sort of exploded.
For those of you that don't know, forestry campgrounds for the most part don't offer any hookups such as electricity. That is called dry camping or boondocking. So we merrily set up camp not thinking that we were at 6000' and just how cold it was going to get during the night. Well sports fans it was 30 degrees this morning and mom was so cold that she didn't sleep a wink all night. Me on the other hand only had one extra blanket on not the two that I carry, and I was fine. Poor mom.
Our dry camp with Rose wondering why she can't be with me.
This is what Rose does after a walk-about.
A variety of Blanketflower
Silver City here we come
So when we got to Silver City at around 10am we got gas @ $3.57 a gal., filled our propane tank @ $17 for 4+ lbs. and eat breakfast. We then found an RV park across the street and down a ways from the gas station. We are now in the Rose Valley RV Ranch(without enough internet to do anything) which is right next door to the Silver City Cemetery. It is very quiet here. Rose and I took a nice walk-around.
Nice old Juniper tree
Interesting grass seeds
A nice display of Bliss rock (white) behind our parking spot
Ocotillo in bloom
Tomorrow we are going to do a little interstate driving on I 10 from Deming to Las Cruses where we most likely will spend the night. But as we know, plans can change at a moments notice.
That above part of the blog was written days ago (April 25) when I didn't have any Internet. I can write it but I can't add the pictures until today April 27th. So here is an update.
We left Silver City around 9:30am, and there wasn't much wind. By 10:30am the wind had come up but not to worry as it was a tail wind and it was pushing us down the road. By 11:15 our awning had blown half-way off and was making a terrible noise. I pull to the side of the 2 lane road and looked the situation over. Not a damn thing that I can do. We sit there for a minute and try to think of something to do. Nothing but to keep going (real slow). After about 500 feet down the road there is a sign for an RV park out here in the middle of no-where.
So we turn into their 1.8 mile dirt driveway and hope for the best. Now the wind is hitting us broadside, not the most fun but at least the awning is on the leeward side of the rig and not flapping so bad. We pull into the RV park and by now the wind is almost out of control. The lady, Vicky, comes out to meet us in the driveway and I tell her my problem. She says to pull over there beside the barn and lets have a look. She and I get it all fixed up in about 3 minutes. Girl power!!! But now the wind is so bad I don't want to drive anymore so we stay in her RV place. Our spot is facing into the wind, we didn't put out the slide and we hung on for dear life. There were gusts of over 50mph. They had closed down highway I 10 because of blowing sand and dust. I never want to go through that ever again. Our windshield is pitted and there is sand everywhere. Here are a couple of pictures of it.
There are hills not 1/2 mile away.
That stop sign was dancing all day long.
30% Humidity yikes, good thing we brought along a humidifier and
we ran it all day long, and it got up to 85 degrees inside. This thermometer and humidity gage is on the outside of the window
So on that day we drove 40 miles before stopping and it is a miracle that there was an RV park right there for us to use and get off the road.
From outside Deming to Ruidoso
This morning April 27, we left Vicky's place at 6:30am(before the wind came up as it is going to be worse today) and drove for 6 hours to get away from the wind storm that is still ragging down in the desert. We are now in Ruidoso, NM which is up in the mountains. Nice and cool and not so windy. It is a bit breezy here but not nearly like it is down below. To get to Ruidoso we came through White Sands, NM and here are a few picts of that.
My grand father worked here as a road surveyor and crew supervisor.
One of my uncles was a scientist working on the rockets here as well.
There were these signs along the road, kind of makes you wonder what they mean.
And into White Sands National Monument we go.
Even Rose got to roll in the sand.
And mom too.
Here is White on White.
For those of you that don't know White Sand is not sand at all but dunes of gypsum. It feels like sand though.
That's all for today, sorry for such a long winded,hahaha, blog. We will spend a couple of days here in Ruidoso to visit cousin Dave then on to Albuquerque.