The bad thing about heading East is that you are driving into the Sunrise every day, which can make travel tiring, but it's okay. We left Las Vegas on October 23, stopped off in Gallup for a quick overnight as we headed for Albuquerque to spend 4 days with Mr. C's Dad and Step-Mom.
We stopped for the night and refueling in Gallup, NM. We stayed at an okay RV park called, USA RV Park It was a pretty simple, not many frills RV park and was great for over nighting, with one exception. Although the park map makes it look like a great easy in and out RV park (all pull-thru sites) in actuality the "roads" between the rows of RVs were very narrow and on a curve, making it very tight to get a 40 ft 5th wheel parked. The sites themselves were also rather narrow with many obstacles. We tried it a couple times, Mr. C finally decided to try coming in from a different angle and pulled out and went around the block to try again. Even then, we had trouble getting it in and with our neighbor's truck parked on the off-side of his 5th wheel (where we were trying to pull in) we just couldn't fit it in. I finally asked our neighbor if it would be possible for him to move his truck until we got parked and he was more than happy to do so and even helped us wiggle into our site.
After a long day of driving, though, it didn't make us very happy campers, LOL. It was an okay campground, there was a small swimming pool, a small playground, a cookout area and small laundry and restrooms, so it had the basic amenities, but we were just there over night and really weren't very impressed. In fact, we were so unimpressed, we didn't take a single picture, which is unheard of for me.
Had some great times and visiting with Mr. C's folks:
We also checked out: American RV Park, High Desert RV Park, and Enchanted Trails RV Park. All three of these parks are on the West side of town, actually OUTSIDE the west side of town. They were all nicely set up, some much nicer than the others: American RV Park was very nicely set up and had good amenities. Enchanted Trails was a very basic dirt/sand and scrub Park. High Desert was nicely set up, small, with no amenities other than the basic bath house, laundry etc. However, for our purposes, the folks live on the North East side of Albuquerque, so the travel time and the traffic etc. just didn't make it worth our while to stay at any of these three parks. so we returned to Balloon View. We had a much better site this time, though, as it was level. In fact, they told us which ones were available and let us just go pick our own and call and let them know which one we were in. There were very few traveling RVers there this time, just the people who appear to live there full-time. It was quiet and peaceful and since we weren't there to be entertained at the RV Park, it suited our purposes (and the price was right).
The petroglyphs are not right on the trail, some you can easily see from the trail, but others you have to do a bit of rock climbing to see them.
There was one fun thing we saw while we were in Albuquerque. One afternoon, we went to Golden Corral for a late lunch/early dinner (actually, we go to Golden Corral, quite often, it is our favorite place to eat as we can get what we feel like having and the food is almost always top notch).
We were sitting in the truck waiting for the folks to show up to join us and I looked up and on the curb in front of us saw a bird. It was all fluffed up (it was windy and chilly) and I asked Mr. C, what is that? Is that an owl? From
the angle we were looking at it and without my glasses, I couldn't see tail or head, it just looked like a little brown bird all hunched in on itself.
Mr. C says, "No, honey, I think that's your Road Runner". I have never seen a Road Runner for real nor up close. There was a large semi sitting between us and the Road Runner, but I got out of the truck and began a slow creep up on this poor bird to try to get it's picture.
We played quite a bit of hide and seek as he ducked behind bushes and the air conditioner and I was behind the truck. The truck driver probably wondered what on earth I was doing, LOL, but I didn't care.
At one point I was only about 8 feet from the Road Runner and here are the pictures I took before he found a place he could sneak under the fence and glide away down to the driveway below our parking lot.
So that was a real highlight for me to not only see a Road Runner, but to be able to get some fairly good up close pictures of one.
It was soon time for us to move on down the road towards home, but we had some plans before the final drive home. We stopped one night back at Fort Amarillo RV Resort in Amarillo, TX. We stayed there on our way out and would have gladly stayed there several days if we had unlimited time. It was a very nicely set up RV park, easy in and easy out, mostly pull-thru sites. Our only problem was we got in late (we knew we would). When we picked up our paperwork (the office was closed, but we had reservations and they had our paperwork out on the board) and drove to our site, somebody had their Conversion Van sitting in it. There were no lights on so we didn't feel right knocking on their door. We called the after hours number and the guy was shocked, but said they had another one open to try this one. Fortunately, as previously stated, it's a very nicely set up park and even with our 40 ft monster behind us we weren't too concerned about making a round or two of the park. He sent us to another site that people were just pulling into, so he directed us to another one. We were on the phone with him the whole time and yes, I suppose it would have been better business for him to actually come out and take care of the problem (not a clue where he was located, though), as in theory they should have had the conversion van move since they had no clue it was even there. My guess was they got a free night out of the deal. But eventually, he got us into a spot, we ate, went to bed, and got up early the next morning to hit the road again.
We were heading for Tulsa to pick up a couple cats. A million years ago (at least it seems that long, but was actually only about 20) we used to breed Ragamuffin Cats. Ragamuffin cats are the sweetest most laid back cats you will ever want to meet. They are medium to long haired cats with very easy care coats. They will let almost anyone pick them up and will just hand limp in your arms, hence their name. Fast forward to the present. Our own home has been without any Ragamuffins for many years (we've had other cats, but not Ragamuffins). My sister still had one, a 19 year old male of our breeding. He had passed over the Rainbow Bridge a couple of months before our trip. We were all so sad at no longer having any Ragamuffins in the family that we started a search for another one. We finally found a breeder in Tulsa, OK. Once we got there, we found ourselves basically doing a cat rescue mission. I was hoping to get a kitten, but it didn't work out that way (the kitten had died, should have been a red flag), so we accepted 2 older retired breeders.
|Our new Blue Mink Cat Cuddles (which she does not do).|
|My sister's new cat Peaches who quickly had a name change to Patches.|
I know, many people probably wonder what is wrong with us that we don't stop at Walmart or a truck stop or whatever for over nighters, but we haven't yet convinced ourselves to do so. So we picked up a cat for ourselves and one for my sister.
We knew we still had a week on the road, but the cats quickly settled in:
So, that's the end of this saga, tomorrow we head for a week at Branson, MO and what a great weekend that turned out to be.
Hope to see you back soon. Smiles, Sue C