Monday, April 6, 2015

A Week in New Mexico

Today I will continue relating our 2004 trip returning from California back to our family in Texas. Well, most of the family, anyway. We left our two boys in California, one in San Francisco and one in Twentynine Palms.

On October 25th we left the OK RV Park in beautiful Moab, UT driving in the rain for most of the 200 mile trip. We went south on US 191 to Monticello, NM then east and south on US 491 through Cortez, CO and into Shiprock, NM. In Shiprock, we turned back east on US 64 through Farmington and moved into the KOA Park in Bloomfield, NM. The KOA was much too expensive for us, so we only stayed there for two nights. The park was nice, but had too many trees for us. Since we got our Motosat satellite dish installed in April for our internet service, trees are even a bigger problem for us. Our TV satellite dish is in the rear of our coach and the Motosat dish is in the center. Before the Motosat we could often maneuver around trees to get a TV-satellite connection. After the Motosat installation, no trees at all near our site is preferable.

Our two days in Bloomfield we did not find much to entertain us -- grocery store, post office and TV was about it. We were glad when Wednesday the 27th came around, because it was time to leave Bloomfield behind and move on an affordable Passport America park in Tijeras, NM. We stayed at the Hidden Valley RV Park which was very scenic and had a lot of room and long pull through RV sites. The trip to Tijeras was about 185 miles south on US 550 to Bernalillo where we picked up US 85 into Albuquerque, then I-40 east out of Albuquerque to Tijeras.

The next morning we backtracked into Albuquerque and looked around for a while. The altitude there is 6,200 feet and it was causing us some breathing problems, as we have spent most of our life near sea level. There was probably some dust in the air also. At least the weather was cool. We did not find anything that struck our interest so we went home and watched TV in the afternoon. The highlight of the day was when our youngest son called and told us he had been promoted to corporal – he was a proud Marine.

On Monday, November 1, 2004, we moved 160 miles further east on I-40 to Tucumcari, NM. I had been wanting to go there since I heard the name in one of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns. It snowed on us for most of the trip – both beautiful sights to see and scary driving the RV in the snow. We stayed at the Cactus RV in Tucumcari for $12 per night which was good for us. At that price we wanted to stay longer, but we needed to get to Texas. No new snow the next day, but the ground was covered with snow -- everything looked beautiful and clean. You can’t see the dirt and rocks under the snow. We made a trip to the Dollar Store for some cleaning supplies and got some propane for the RV, just in case we ran into a hard winter in Texas. We never had before, but now we were RV travelers and everything seemed different.

Next Stop: Texas.
Pop Toy Shop at Mom & Pop RV in Farmington, NM



A model town on the Mom & Pop property.

Rock formation on US 491 south of Shiprock, NM.

An Indian village by a butte on US 491 south of Shiprock. 

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