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.
|Humphreys Peak welcomes us back with a new mantle of snow|
|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.
|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.
|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 :-)
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 :-(
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.