May 2 - 6, 2016
Page, AZ - Roswell, NM
Our first sunny morning in Page, AZ, and we both wake up not feeling well on Monday. It (whatever "it" is) doesn't go away until evening so we sleep most of the day.
Staying at home gives us time to figure out what is our best next move. Bill's mom is still in rehab, and has decided it's time to move into assisted living when she is released. This is a huge relief for the whole family, as at 91 years old her needs have changed quite a bit in the last few months.
Rather than Bill flying to Roswell to make temporary arrangements that would still require us spending a few weeks there "eventually", we decide it's best to turn south once again and take care of everything now, and together.
So close to a new state for us, but Utah will have to wait awhile. I'm sure it will still be there when we're ready.
Arriving in Flagstaff mid-day on Tuesday we stay at Black Bart's again. Although not a place we particularly like, it is easy and reasonable, and we know how everything works. This time we take advantage of the steakhouse and live entertainment on site, leaving the Jeep hooked up.
|Humphreys Peak welcomes us back with a new mantle of snow|
Our sights are on Holbrook, AZ, but with high winds in the forecast we push on through to Gallup, NM. We're still cleaning the dirt out of crevices in the motorhome from our last time in Holbrook. If nothing else, maybe the dirt will be a different color in Gallup!
|Casual entertainment from our serving staff - talented kids!|
I'm pleasantly surprised by the nice USA RV Park in Gallup. Long, level gravel sites with a few trees, FHUs, and far enough from the interstate to avoid road noise. Very nice staff, clean and convenient. The municipal airport is nearby so there is small plane noise periodically. On this Wednesday the park fills completely not long after dark! The sites are long, but not wide, and it's "snug" when every space is full.
We think about staying another night, but again the predicted winds over the weekend have us up and on the road early. Instead of Albuquerque, we opt for a new route, taking us southeast, picking up Hwy 25 in Las Lunas. Hwy 6 is a pretty two-lane road with minimal traffic, but the first 15 miles through the Hopi Reservation are washboard rough!
|Historic downtown has a series of lovely murals|
At Socorro, NM, we stop for the night. All the RV parks here are some guy's name: Tom's, Luis's - we stay at Casey's place. It's a beauty salon with an RV park as well.....a first for us! Several permanents and a few other travelers have crowded into the FHU rows so we take a W/E site and have the whole row to ourselves. Unlike Gallup, this park doesn't see another arrival while we're here.
Since it's Cinco de Mayo we decide to go out for margaritas. We stop at three Mexican restaurants - each one a bit weirder than the one before - and find no margaritas! Finally we find success at El Rancho Family Restaurant and Lounge.
|We're not here for the view (from our front door)|
Remember "lounges"? Dark paneling, brass-tack furniture, red leather bar, gold-vein mirrors, wrought iron sconces......yep, that's where we celebrate May 5th! And the margaritas are delicious, as is the food.
We love this crazy life :-)
Friday morning the sun is bright and there's a slight breeze. We're heading for the cute little town of Capitan, NM, in the mountains east of Ruidoso.
The lava flows near Carrizozo are spectacular - tall, rugged, shiny black. The large valley is beautiful with green trees, and grass-covered fields. It looks so different here from other places we've been in New Mexico.
A few miles before Capitan, Bill checks the weather which is still predicting high winds for the next three days. We've been fortunate missing the worst of it by getting out early and then parking before it gets too bad. It's only 10:00 - with 90 more miles to Roswell, shouldn't we just push through and not have to worry about it?
In Capitan our decision is validated when a street fair has the entrance to the RV park blocked, with a major detour. We're not supposed to stay here this time.
20+ mph crosswinds welcome us about 15 miles from Roswell, and with the end of the trip so close it's very manageable. By the time we're set up back at Town and Country RV Park, the winds have increased, with gusts that rock the house. Dust turns the sky brown, which then turns gray, and just enough rain falls to turn the dirt on our home into a custom impressionism masterpiece :-(
We're glad we kept going each time, driving longer than our norm, and getting here a couple days early.
Our time here will be challenging and exciting and busy and quite a bit of work - but nothing is more important than family. It's where we need to be. It's what we need to be doing. Bill will see his mom on Mother's Day for the first time in decades.