Spring Trip with Sis and Andy

The second annual spring trip was awe-inspiring

Before we met up in Farmington, NM I spent the night at Angel Peak just south of Bloomfield the campground is free and worth the drive down the gravel road.

Angel Peak

Once we met up we headed for Canyon de Chelly, what an amazing landscape.

Spider Rock

Then on to Navaho National Monument Canyon View campground which will be our home for the next few days. This is a great central location to see all the wonders of the area.

On the trailhead to view the canyon.

Next day onto Oljato-Monument Valley.

Right out of a John Ford movie.

After lunch in Mexican Hat, another drive through Valley of the Gods.

Lady in a Bath.

Grand Canyon the next day. Twenty-three years between visits.

Fires in Flagstaff made a hazy sky, but still magnificent.

Laura and Andy, sis and I are not much for having our picture taken.

I love spending time with my sister we don’t get the chance more than once or twice a year but when we do we explore.

The next day they head back to Denver and I make the trip back to Las Cruces and along the way-

Four Corners National Monument.
Shiprock.

I spent the night in Farmington so I could check out the Salmon Ruins this is another must-see especially the guide cat and peacock greeter. This cat stayed with me through my walk around and at the end turned around looked at me as if to say that’s it and went in the bushes.

my guide.

Heading into 2022

Since the last post, I made one trip to be with my sister and go to Ghost Ranch. I enjoyed it but did not take pictures or make posts, it felt surreal in this time of covid.
However, I am not getting any younger and if I am to do Quartzite and the RTR and WRTR this is going to be the year.
Heading out after the holidays and I am determined not to be intimidated by crowds. I am going to enjoy Quartzite and AZ and record it all here.

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

All Appliances work. Sleeps 4.The couch opens to bed. Rear bed platform has a power lift with Table (2) Storage.4000W Onan 190 hrs regularly maintained. Fantastic Fan, WiFi Ranger Sky Pro Lite, Backup Camera,
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.