Sunday, April 27, 2014

From Globe, AZ. to Silver City, NM

We left Mesa, AZ around 12 noon April 21 after seeing a chiropractor.  Wow, that was nice. We headed towards Globe, AZ where we spent a very bright and noisy night in a casino RV park.  Just a parking lot with electric hook ups.  Oh well, every night can't be spent in paradise.  From there we headed up highway 60 to Show Low.  That took us up through the Salt River Canyon.  Wow!  We like that canyon better than the Grand Canyon because you can drive to the bottom and up out the other side again and it was spectacular.


 

 

 
 The lovely Salt River


And up the other side.
 
Heading into Globe we were treated to a beautiful display of California Poppies. Blurry picture alert. Driving and taking pics is hard.




 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.

 




Show Low


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.

Update

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.
 
 
 

 
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7 comments:

  1. Dang it--don't know what happened to my comment! Try again... Show Low looks really pretty--my husband Jim surveyed up there in the 80's. Love that road & hope to visit there when we're down south next winter. Rose is such a cute kitty--our boy Slim looks a lot like her. It looks as if she enjoys traveling. We loved Silver City--great photos. What is Bliss Rock (white)? How fortunate that you found an RV park during the wind storm & that you didn't have more damage. Safe travels.

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    1. Hi Dawn,
      Thank you for your comment. It is still windy here so I havent had a chance to extend the awning to see if it is alright. That can wait i guess. Arn't cats great. Bliss rock. I had to google it myself. It's as old as dirt. Very old stuff.

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  2. Rose probably thought she had died and gone to litter box heaven with all those dunes.
    Why don't we ever see the other kitty?

    All of your adventures sound great. I love your observations....not long winded at all....keep it up.

    I can only imagine what my trip in '95 would have been like had I been internet savvy.
    You will look back on all of your blog some day as a real treasure.

    I understand about desert wind/sand storms. Once in Death Valley Junction I was trapped inside a Toyota Land Cruiser for a full day and night. Got no sleep as the vehicle was rockin' and rollin'. Spent that very long day eating all my food stash, drawing and reading everything I could get my hands on.

    Especially enjoy any and all photos of plants. Oh, how I do love the ocotillo.

    Great photo of your feet in the 'sand'.

    So glad you haven't had any major problems with the RV. Have you named it?

    All is well up here. Spring adventures are in full swing. Went to 5 events this past weekend. Upcoming weekend is the annual native plant sale...three days of flora.

    g

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    1. Thanks G. More flower picts to come.

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  3. I haven't been to White Sands in probably 50+ years. I love the White on White photo!!

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