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Oct 18, 2018 - No Wind

After a really windy night we woke up to little or no wind. Hooray! Then the rain started. Rain and 36 degrees. We drove back into Ruidoso today to pick up the drugs that should have been ready on Tuesday. It was still a hassle, with only 1 of 3 ready to go. We negotiated for one more, then I contacted the doctor to negotiate for the third one. This is one of those times when our nomadic lifestyle caught up with us in a negative way. After hanging around the Walmart for an hour we finally left, with plans to pick it up after our move to...

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Oct 17, 2018 - Even the Kitty

We STILL have those winds today! Yesterday is was a bit more intermittent so Don went for a hike across the highway to investigate a small building. When he got back, he said that there was one time when he nearly got blown off his feet, but overall it was not too bad. Later in the day, there was a rainbow over the mountain east of us. A good photo op, but of course my cell phone camera decided not to work until I rebooted it. So Don went back out to the truck to get his camera to get the photo. Not noticed by either one of us, the kitty...

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Oct 15, 2018 - Still Good

Well we survived the night with everything intact, but it continued to blow all day long. Miserable day; too cold and windy to go for a hike. So I got a lot done on the baby afghan I am working on and I made some really good lasagna soup for dinner. (Yes, it is a bona fide recipe!) Well, here is hoping for a quieter night night!

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Oct 14, 2018 - Batten Down the Hatches

Today is Sunday, and Bo and Olinda decided that it would be a nice Sunday drive to come down to visit us. And to return Don’s camera that he left in their truck. We had a good visit, then the wind started. We had had rain earlier in the day, but the rain let up and the wind started. We knew that a cold front was coming in, but were not really prepared for the winds. We rocked and rolled all night long. I was seriously concerned that the slide awnings would tear or that our satellite dish would blow away!

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Oct 13, 2018 - More Lava

After a leisurely morning watching the balloons with our morning coffee then breakfast, we did the short loop through a small section of the lava flow area. This is an interesting flow that occurred about 2-4,000 years ago. Rather than from a volcanic eruption, it spewed from volcanic vents in the northern end and flowed along the Tularosa Basin for 44 miles. As it covered the original valley floor of gypsum and stream gravel it would occasionally surround areas of higher ground forming islands . These islands, or older rocks, are called...

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Apr 13, 2017 - Lava Trail

207-04-13. Lava trail and Springerville, AZ We awoke to blue skies so decided to hike the nature trail before driving on. The desert may be dry but it is not barren. Here, the lava bubbled through vents creating tubes and bubbles. When they burst or collapsed, spaces were created that now support all kinds of plant and animal life. Tiny plants were blooming and the desert Yucca along with a lily plant with curved leaves and a spikey flower containing tiny white blooms on a triangular shaped stem. The small barrel cactus showed its brilliant...

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Apr 12, 2017 - Hills, Prairie and Valley of Fires

2017-04-12.Hills to Prairie to Mountains From San Antonio, we drove back north into the hill country where the wildflowers bloomed in riotous colors along the roadside. However, too soon, the hills turned to prairie; flat and vast. We first stopped in Big Springs Texas, after 311 miles of driving. It took longer than usual because, we got a "check engine" light and had to stop at a truck repair shop to have them look at the fuel pump; the same one that we replaced last fall in Washington state. However, it was "fixed " when Bob installed a...

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Nov 12, 2009 - The Valley of Fires

We drove from the Missions to the Malpais(Spainish for badlands) at dusk and were rewarded with sightings of elk and pronghorns. They were not road kill, but alive and bounding through the fields and across the road. The Malpais, also called the Valley of Fire is a 44 mile long by 2-5 mile wide expanse of lava which flowed from vents covering portions of the Tularosa Basin. This happened from 1500 to 2000 years ago. The surface is very rough and sharp, making walking very treacherous. Though we did stray off the path, we did the majority of...

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