White Sands and Organ Mountains National Monuments

March 23rd, we left Oceanside, CA, to head to new Mexico and Texas for 6 weeks. Our first stop was Tucson, AZ, to get the RV serviced at Freedom for a few days. We decided to stay longer in Tucson at the Voyager RV Resort to play pickle ball and relax. Then on to Las Cruces, New Mexico, stayed at the Hacienda RV and Rally Resort, it is close to Old Town where we explored one day. Our first outing was to see the White Sands National Monument just north of Las Cruces in the northern Chihuahuan Desert. It’s known for its dramatic landscape of great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand that engulf 275 square miles of desert. We stopped to see the White Sands Visitor Center designed in Pueblo Revival style, built during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. We drove along Dunes Drive, a loop road to the Heart of the Sands to hike the Alkali Flat Trail, a 5 mile loop trail. What beautiful white sand, it is so fine you could slide down the dunes, and finer than beach sand. The whiteness of the sand in contrast to the brilliant blue sky looked surreal as we walked along the trail. Then we did the Dune Life Nature Trail, dotted with interpretive exhibits on plants and wildlife that live here. On the way back we stopped in at the White Sands Missile Range Museum and Trinity Site, the place where the first atomic bomb was tested in 1945, but we didn’t have ID to get inside the compound. When we returned to Las Cruces we stopped for a beer and a bite to eat at the Spotted Dog BreweryClick on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe-5We finally arrived in Santa Fe a day later than we had planned because of RV repairs in Tucson. We are staying at the Trailer Ranch RV Resort only 4 miles from downtown Santa Fe. After settling into our site we drove into Santa Fe and went for dinner at the Blue Corn Café. We walked the streets and gazed at all the beautiful art pieces in the windows and on the sidewalks. The next day we drove to Canyon Road which is an entire street dedicated to galleries and art shops. We had breakfast at The Teahouse, sitting outside under the trees, enjoying the best oatmeal I have ever eaten, (and I’ve eaten a lot of oatmeal). We walked up and down Canyon Street exploring all the unique shops with different art sculptures and paintings, and Décor for homes. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Denver Colorado to Tucson Arizona

On Monday Oct 28th thetime finally came to say a sad farewell to Pat and Harry Koehler who have been our faithful companions for 4 weeks. We are heading south to Tucson, AZ, and they are heading north, home to Calgary, Alberta, before the snow arrives. So it’s back on the road again after a much needed rest for 3 days in Golden. The drive to Santa Fe, New Mexico, took us about 7 hours of flat terrain and big sky country with beautiful cloud formations. We stayed at the KOA Campground, very clean and not very crowded. We decided to take a trip into Santa Fe for the evening, but it was too late for a lot of the shops to be open. So we had a Mexican dinner at the Shed Restaurant in downtown Santa Fe. Continue reading