A Heritage Trip

I recently found information that my birth father Charles F Bruce was buried in Biloxi National Cemetary in Biloxi MS.

So off I went back to the land of humidity.

I found a death notice and where he lived and what I thought was his grave but, someone else was buried there. He had been moved six years after he was buried, as of now I still haven’t found out who moved him or where he is buried.

What makes this strange is my adopted Dad was also moved. A psychiatrist would probably tell me that I married 5 times looking for my daddy, I don’t plan to marry again but I am still looking for my daddy.

So I headed home with a freezer full of Cajun seafood.

Most of the rest of my trip was uneventful till I hit Junction TX and the Junction City Park. I planned on a nap and wound up spending the night.

Llano River

If you can get a spot near this dam sleep is easy.

And it’s free, no hook ups.

To get off I-10 I took the Sheffield Loop exit to Hwy 90 which took me through Marathon, Alpine and Marfa to Van Horn. It is a good highway and very scenic.

Sheffield Loop picnic area
Valentine Texas

From Van Horn to home

Gualdalupe Peak

And more heritage. My grandmother taught school in the late 1920’s on a ranch in Orange NM and would often go down to Salt Flat Cafe and motel for entertainment. My mother had some neat pics of her in front of the motel in her flapper dress, most of the motel part is gone and the cafe is now closed.

Salt Flat Cafe and motel.

One more side trip. Hueco Tanks is a must see archological site. These pics are just a tease till I go back.

cave behind interpretive center
cave drawings
cave drawings.

There was so much destructive graffiti that they now limit the amount of people in the park. You can make reservations at the Texas State Parks website.

Till my next trip.

Nomadland

I have been waiting impatiently for this movie to come out.

Watch it.

Even though I no longer stay out all the time, I am still a nomad at heart.

This was very well done by all.

Congratulations to Bob Wells http://www.cheaprvliving.com and the RTR, HOWA, and all those who participated.

I started following Bob Wells when he started his website and I have learned a lot from his youtube videos, he is a teacher at heart.

If you have a few extra bucks you can spend it on a decal or just donate and help others at http://www.howarallyup.com

Rosie refit

After a couple of short trips, using covid precautions, I decided to change my layout in Rosie.

Bed Raised and put in the back.
Kayak, chairs other camping gear.
In front potty, for now.
Sink
Over sink baskets
water system

I purchased a Alpincool fridge and a Jackery500 for power. I have 10 gallons of fresh water and 5 gal grey.

Heading out for a few days and see how comfy she is.

To keep my sanity

When I quit smoking a few years ago I really had a hard time while I was driving so I started thinking about spending the lottery I would win someday. It really helped melt away the miles without a ciggy.

So now I am planning the road trip I will take when this shut down is over. And it will be over. We might have a new normal, but this will end.

However, I would love to find that van to do it in.

Does anybody have a trade? Fully functional older class A can spend time off-grid with no problems.

Matilda is for sale

or trade.

I love her dearly but I want to downsize to a class B. It will be much easier on my old bones to have a smaller rig to maintain.

We had joy, we had fun. And this is the AD at https://www.rvt.com/rvdetail.php?id=9005998

FOR SALE: Ready for Boondocking. $20,000 USD – Negotiable
Class A – Gas / Las Cruces, NM

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28 inch AC/12V TV with DVD Player, Dish Wally, and King Dome receiver. BlueOx towing system with new BrakeBuddy.New Tires 12/2018, Tuneup 12/2018, Furnace overhauled 12/2018, TurboKool 12v Swamp Cooler installed in Bedroom 1/2019, 400watt Solar w/ 2 Interstate Deep Cycle 903-S Batteries Magnum Energy MS Series Pure Sine Wave Inverter/Charger Blue Sky Energy SB300i Charge Controller installed 2/2019, Steer Safe installed 2/2019, New 13,500AC in Living room 4/2019.

If interested contact me through RVT ad please.

Settling In

I have decided to stop for a while and enjoy New Mexico.

In the next post, I will be selling my Motorhome or hopefully finding someone with a Class B that wants to trade. I feel the need to go smaller if I am going to continue doing this by myself.

I hope the Holidays are joyful for all.

Comfort Food RV Style

Last week one of my favorite bloggers, Kevin Lee Jacobs of “a garden for house” posted a new twist on one of my favorite comfort foods.

First the way I was taught by Jeanie my adopted mom.

1 small Onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 can of green peas, undrained.

1 lb elbow macaroni

Parmesan cheese

Place the onion, garlic in a small saucepan with a little olive oil, start sauteing over medium heat add the can of peas and liquid cover and reduce heat to low and let simmer while you boil the macaroni to al dente.

Drain and add the pea mixture and sprinkle with parmesian to taste.

My RV way.

1/2 onion slice thin.

chopped garlic to taste.

olive oil

1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas.

1 cup medium pasta shells.

Parmesan cheese.

sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Saute the onion in olive oil in a small saucepan till soft, add the garlic and peas and cover and turn to low.

Boil the pasta till al dente, my rv way uses less water, 3 cups in a 3-4 quart saucepan. You can salt the pasta water, I don’t to cut down on my salt intake, it’s my addiction instead of sweets.

The peas and the pasta should take the same amount of time.

Drain the pasta and save some of the water to sauce up the dish. Mix it all together add salt and pepper to taste and top with cheese.

The picture below is with another pasta, I prefer shells because they trap the peas, but your favorite will work just as well in the recipe.

Pasta Piselli

Now head over Kevin’s site and try his great recipe and while you are there sign up for his newsletter and videos he is a great cook and teacher.

One last word on cooking in an RV. With a little prep work you can cook anything in an rv kitchen that you can cook at home.

Leasburg Dam and Percha Dam State Parks

Leasburg Dam State Park just north of Las Cruces NM sits above the Rio Grande with great views of the Organ Mts. and surrounding hills.

The trails are easy and plentiful through the whole park.

A word of advice e/w spaces 25-29 is right next to a railroad track that is busy. As in 4:00 AM busy. It doesn’t show on the map of the park.

Percha Dam State Park

Another nice park on the Rio Grande River with easy access.

Rio Grande River

Right after taking this photo a huge Bass jumped, I sat with camera ready till it got dark but he must have been camera shy, never jumped again.

Both parks have a lot of Humming birds.

Hummer nest in Mulberry Tree.

The Rio Grande River Trail goes from north of Elephant Butte to Las Cruces and beyond. I took the picture of the nest along the trail north of the dam, I would probably not have seen it if I hadn’t been noshing on Mulberries, took me back to my childhood. The trail was blocked by debris just north of the area.

I spent 10 days at Percha Dam and except for the weekend, the park is quiet with a really nice bird alarm clock in the morning.