|First Generation Sisters|
|Second Generation Cousins|
The La Junta Guest Ranch above Ruidoso, NM, is a great place for a gathering of this sort. It's older and rough around the edges. Some issues border on safety hazards, and it is not ADA compliant. However, it had every thing we needed including separate cabins for each family and a large lodge for meals, games, and just gathering to get caught up. There was a spot for the rig with power and water (which turns out to be an even bigger blessing now), and it is remote enough to provide a real feeling of being away from the rest of the world.
|Plenty of housing for everyone|
|Large gathering hall with kitchen|
|Lovely sunrises every morning|
Some rode the zip line at the ski resort, some went shopping in the quaint downtown, some stayed at the ranch and enjoyed the outdoors and the indoors. Each morning and evening we were visited by a large herd of "locals" who had the kids scrambling outside with carrots and apples.
Breakfast and dinner were prepared by those who signed up for each day, and we ate like royalty all week. The last night we celebrated birthdays, including Bill's mom who turned 90 today.
|Different size mountains for different size climbers|
|California cousins getting caught up in New Mexico|
|Morning coffee with a neighbor|
|Time for brothers to hang out|
|"But he was just a little guy last year!"|
|Make a wish! (note the little helper in the middle)|
Overnight the winds started picking up and by sunrise the large pines were bending and the dirt was kicking up. Checking the weather we saw that the sustained winds were at 30-35 mph with expected gusts of up to 50 mph. Figuring we had already pushed the limits of safe travel, we didn't hesitate to make arrangements for staying another day. Our gracious host obliged at no charge, with an invitation to stay until it is safe to head out.
So for at least tonight we are staying put, with the rig tucked nicely up against the lodge. We shall see what tomorrow brings.