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Aug 28, 2020 - Day 1 - Hacienda RV Resort, Las Cruces, NM

It's departure day, but first we need to load the perishable supplies, which turns out to be quite an operation. I believe we have enough food and alcohol to last us through the next pandemic - well certainly enough food. It takes us well over two hours to get everything stowed away. My goal of departing by 0900 becomes a pipe dream. It's more like 1045 before we finally roll out of the driveway. But we're on vacation and time has no meaning, so it's all good. It's another in a VERY long series of blisteringly hot days in the desert but we...

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2020 Orlando Trip

Jan 21, 2020 - January 21, 2020 – Las Cruces, New Mexico

January 21, 2020 – Las Cruces, New Mexico I decided to stay another day in Las Cruces. It was raining today, and I just didn’t want to drive in it. I did go back to the Veterans Park to see the Bataan Death March memorial. The whole park is one of the best that I have seen. There are memorials for every war, and a wall which lists the names of men who were killed in every war the US has been involved in except the Revolutionary War. If it hadn’t been raining right down, I would have spent a bit more time there. However, I made a somewhat...

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Jan 20, 2020 - January 20, 2020 – Alamogordo to Las Cruces, New Mexico

January 20, 2020 – Alamogordo to Las Cruces, New Mexico This morning, I drove back up the mountain that I came down in the dark last night. It was a pretty drive, and I’m glad that I did it. I stopped at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. The museum wasn’t open, but there was plenty to see in the “rocket garden”. This museum was built to bring attention to New Mexico’s role in space exploration. Ham, the world’s 1st Astrochimp, is buried on the grounds. The rocket garden is named for John “Fastest Man Alive” Stapp who was an Alamogordo...

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Dec 3, 2019 - Hiho, Hiho...more uphill to go...

A pretty morning at Ft Stockton. Clear with no clouds and very little wind. No real rush but we got around pretty quickly. We really like this stop over on our route. It works well and the hookups are great - and the quick and easy out on I-10 is icing on the cake. Anyway, we were on the road by 9:15 headed west and uphill. The drive offers so many different viewing options. We saw cotton as far west as about 50 miles east of El Paso. We saw our first large pecan orchard just west of Balmorhea. This was the first of many we will see on the...

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2019

Jun 11, 2019 - Back to Las Cruces

Today, we traveled from Fort Stockton, TX to Las Cruces, NM. Along the way we saw some museums that we would have liked to stop, but, I wanted to beat the rush hour traffic going through El Paso. Also, we had a reservation to make. Better planning might have been a good idea. It was the usual nightmare in El Paso with traffic, construction, and idiot drivers. We can’t get over how huge El Paso is. Some friends of ours were heading East on I-10 from Las Cruces, NM to Midland, TX at the same time we were heading West toward Las Cruces. We...

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Jun 2, 2019 - Last Day in Las Cruces

We pretty much ran out of things to do in Las Cruces so we went to the movies. We saw "Rocket Man" - the movie about Elton John. It was a very well-done movie and told his life's story. Elton John produced it. We enjoyed it and like the many of his songs that were in it. We went back to the Double Eagle restaurant for dinner as Maryann wanted to get some pictures of a room that was holding a private party when we were there 2 days prior. We walked around Old Town Mesilla a bit more and stumbled on the building that used to be the old court...

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Jun 1, 2019 - Las Cruces, NM - Day 2

We made a drive up to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. This is the smallest visitor center I have ever seen. It is very scenic but consisted of mostly hiking trails. Most of the trails prohibit dogs all or in part so our stay there was short. In addition, it was about 90 degrees, so a bit hot for hiking. Nonetheless, there were a few hearty souls on the trails. Las Cruces was named for, well, that seems to be a mystery. There is no shortage of rumors on the internet – you can take your pick. One has it that the place was...

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May 31, 2019 - Las Cruces, NM - Day 1

We made the 340-mile leg of our trip that is from Casa Grande, AZ to La Cruces, NM. I am very disappointed to see that the roads have deteriorated greatly since our last trip in 2015. I had to slow to 45-50 in places. In other stretches, the ruts were so bad that it was extremely difficult to hold the lane. I saw some of the most horrible roads: some were worse than RT 66 that hasn’t seen maintenance in over 50 years. If there was another way back that didn’t take us hundreds of miles out of our way, we’d take it. I-8 was no better. On the...

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May 1, 2019 - Las Cruces

We have wrapped up our week long stay in Las Cruces. We were last in Las Cruces, or “Cruces,” as the locals call it, in 2010. We’ve noticed a few changes to the city. The biggest change was the amount of construction. There are a number of new cookie-cutter tract houses built on the outskirts of the city. At the base of the Organ Mountains just outside the entrance to the Dripping Springs Natural Area are mega-sized, multiple-level houses that look to be about 4,000-5,000 square feet. I sure hope these places have an intercom system....

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Apr 22, 2019 - On the Road Again

We have left the nest, flew the coop, and come out of hibernation. After almost 5-1/2 months at our lot in Benson, we are on the road again. We’ve been rooted so long we made sure to follow our departure checklist. Yup, after 11 years on the road we still follow our checklist. Being out of practice makes the checklist especially important. It will take us some time to get in the rhythm of traveling again. We are now in Las Cruces, New Mexico. (We were here back in 2010.) While here we’ll attend a couple of concerts put on by the New Mexico...

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Apr 11, 2019 - Las Cruces NM, Hacienda RV & Rally Resort

On the morning of the 11th we departed Benson AZ and headed to Las Cruces NM. Once again we had good weather for travel. There was some wind but it was mostly all a tail wind, very little cross wind. Several areas along the way had signs warning of possible zero visibility due to blowing sand / dust. We made it to Hacienda RV Park in the afternoon, got all set up, and made use of the laundry facilities. Bentley enjoyed the dog run. It was about 16 feet wide and 150 yards long! We will stay just over night and continue east...

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Feb 6, 2019 - Las Cruces and White Sands

Las Cruces NM was the next stop on our cross country tour. Interestingly, we didn’t know anyone here and really didn’t have a “purpose” for visiting. It just looked like a good place to stop and celebrate Cathys birthday. It turned out to be a remarkable visit. We parked the RV at the Hacienda RV resort. Normally anything with resort in the name we pass on, however the location was perfect. It was near the historic town of Mesilla, which was on our list of places to see. Per our normal operating practice, we found a local brewery, High...

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