Slowing down a bit

Trip Start May 17, 2012
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Trip End Jun 02, 2012


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Where I stayed
Pecos River RV Park
What I did
Carlsbad Caverns

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Finding a place to camp near Alamogordo was the stop I was apprehensive about.  It turned out to be really nice.  Nate was crazy to skate before we left town so we found the local skate park.. a sadly dismal place.  We left after about 3 minutes.  We began the climb up the grade to the Lincoln National Forest.  The top elevation was 8750.  By the way, I'm so impressed with Big Blue (the van).  Her consistent power and willingness to GO is a source of comfort for me!  Along that drive we saw a significant change in plant life and felt the fresh, cool air.  Beautiful.  On the downhill side we stopped at a small petting zoo and pond and saw HUGE frogs. There was a long desolate stretch of road that led to the small, sad town of Hope, NM (hopeless)...all boarded up. Eventually the 82 E. took us to Carlsbad.  We easily found the Pecos River RV Park where I had made our only reservation...it was easy to find because it was located on a very busy thoroughfare.  The kids found some "hobos" living under the bridge.  From that point we referred to ourselves as the "high-tech Hougard Hobos".  Our next door RVers helped fix our bad fuses and now we have more "high-tech" capabilities.
At about 3:30am what had been a cool breeze began to grow in intensity and I could smell a raininess so I got up and started trying to put stuff away without waking the kids up.  By 6:00 I'd done all I could so I got them up and cleaned up (loose interpretation of "cleaned") and we headed over to Denny's.  We arrived at the Caverns right at opening time and were the first ones to walk down into the huge cave opening.  I can't imagine what it would have been like for the first people to find it.  It took an hour to walk all the way down into the massive...dare I say "cavernous" Big Room, and another hour to walk around that "room".  Lots of complaining!  The elevator ride up was extremely quick and we were out of there in exactly 2 hours and 15 minutes.  Chevy Chase style!  The rest of the day was Caverns - Pecos, TX - Ozona - Junction, TX.  My buddies were extremely good Texas Travelers and seemed pretty content to be in the car.

1 deer close call
1 cross country roller blader
1 duct tape vinyl hood cover repair
Milage:  1399.6
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L Boba on

Such fun. Make sure those kids take pictures of you too.

Debbie Wasa on

Yep...kids look like "Are we there yet?"...LOL They will realize It's not about finishing the "journey", it's what you learn and enjoy along the way.
Have fun with your Bucket list girlfriend. Stay safe and keep on blogging!!
Miss you.

Dad on

beautiful scenery.... I love the PECOS TEXAS sign too.

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