Thursday, July 14, 2016

Amarillo to Raton Pass

Events in this post occurred in April 2007.

April 10th was on a Tuesday and we spent most of the day at home with the shades open and a little fresh air blowing through the motorhome. Really ideal conditions. We returned to Dyer BBQ on Tuesday for a late lunch. We did not enjoy it quite as much, but it was still good. Kathi got food stuck in her throat and could not breathe. I slapped her on the back a few times to dislodge the food. A scary moment that probably clouded our judgement of the meal. I was really glad I did not have to resort to the Heimlich maneuver. I have never done it in an emergency and I hope I never have to do it.

We went back home and spent the afternoon watching RV travelers moving into the park. They got a lot of overnight business.

We spent the next few days at home. Cool weather, but the sunshine was hiding from us. Kathi was getting cabin fever and I just wanted to move our RV down the road. I always refused to move before the rent was due. I hated the idea of paying for two places to live at the same time. Just my cheapness showing up, I assume.

Saturday we awoke to find a little snow on the ground, but it was melting fast. The overnighters got a late start, but they were moving before all the snow was gone. Kathi and I talked and decided to move to Raton Pass on Sunday, sacrificing one nights rent. I reluctantly agreed, because I was ready to move. Two weeks in Amarillo at the Amarillo Ranch RV Park was enough to last a lifetime for me. Raton seemed to have the same weather as Amarillo, so weather wise the move was inconsequential.

We went to Red Lobster for lunch and spent a little time cleaning the RV in the afternoon. I unhooked all our utilities and got us ready to move at dawn. I was hoping Kathi would not wake me at dawn, but if she did I wanted to be ready to move.

Raton Pass in is New Mexico at an elevation of 7,800 feet above sea level. It is on the eastern side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains along the Colorado - New Mexico border between Trinidad, CO and Raton, NM. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are part of the Rocky Mountains Range. I-25 goes through the pass and is the easiest route between Albuquerque and Denver.

We had a great drive to Raton on Sunday morning, April 15th. The trip was about 220 miles with no big cities to go through and almost no traffic on US 87. We saw a lot of snow in the fields alongside the highway. We went around a curve and it looked like a winter scene from a picture – really beautiful and Kathi and I were thrilled to see it together.

We signed up for four nights at the Cedar Rail Campground in Raton. They allowed the Passport America rate for one night only so our average daily rate was $23. Their weekly rate was $145 plus electric. As usual we parked, hooked up utilities and we were home again. The views of the snow-capped mountains around us was worth the price of admission. Happy Days!

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