4-13 April, 2015; So Long Texas; Hello New Mexico (and other places)

Sorry for the delay in posts folks, but it has been a busy week plus.  The last I posted we were in San Angelo, TX, and we are presently in Albuquerque, NM and planning to head toward Colorado tomorrow morning.  So, what have we been doing all this time?

On Saturday, the 4th we found out about an arts and craft market located in San Angelo on an old chicken farm.  Sounds odd, right?  Well is was pretty neat.  Most of the folks that sell the art (all varieties) also live on this converted chicken farm…not sure it would be for me, but living in an RV isn’t for everyone either.  It was interesting to see I guess, but we were around and done in short order.  I had read in the paper on Friday that there was an old school in Eola (about 25 miles from San Angelo) that a guy bought on E-Bay back in ’08 for a song, and he had converted it into a brewery and restaurant, with plans to add overnight accommodations as well.  So we decided to take a drive out into the country.  What a neat place, and what an undertaking by one man.  The place is huge, and the owner has been taking one bite at a time to try to transition this place into a destination.  He’s making progress…slowly.

The main "cafe" area is quite small.  He converted two school rooms into a kitchen and bar/cafe area.  He left most of the chalk boards in place which serve as the menu.

The main “cafe” area is quite small. He converted two school rooms into a kitchen and bar/cafe area. He left most of the chalk boards in place which serve as the menu.

Here you can see the menu.  This place was a shambles when he took over, and from the owners own words, "I've been working 18 hours a day, 7 days a week since I bought the place."  He learned the brewing craft while he lived in Oregon.

Here you can see the menu. This place was a shambles when he took over, and from the owners own words, “I’ve been working 18 hours a day, 7 days a week since I bought the place.” He learned the brewing craft while he lived in Oregon.

The owner is the brewer, cook, waiter, bartender, maintenance man and dish washer.  He also single-handedly put a new roof on the gymnasium/auditorium that he is converting into part dance hall and part expanded brewery.

The owner took us on a tour.  This place needs a LOT more work, but the food was real good, and so was the company.  Many folks from San Angelo ride their motorcycles out on the weekends.

The owner took us on a tour. This place needs a LOT more work, but the food was real good, and so was the company. Many folks from San Angelo ride their motorcycles out on the weekends.  The beer was OK too…you had your pick of…1.

The old gym/auditorium.  Transforming into brew house and dance hall.

The old gym/auditorium. Transforming into brew house and dance hall.

We slowly worked our way back to the Goodfellow Fam Camp, as it was pouring like crazy on Saturday afternoon.  Many of the bikers at the brewery said they were disappointed, as they stated, “even though it was predicted, it never rains in West Texas!”  I mentioned in a previous post that rain seems to follow Terri and I!  Good for them…they definitely need the rain.

On Easter Sunday we were up early and headed over to the Glen Meadows Baptist Church not too far from the camp ground.  They advertised a Country Gospel early service, and we are sure glad we made the early rise and trip over.  The message and the music (all songs had a country music theme) were awesome.  They had steel guitars, and the whole works.   We sang some of our favorites such as I’ll Fly Away, Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art and others.  After church we headed into town, and had some great Tex-Mex, then headed back to the Coach to start getting things ready for our move on Monday.

Tech Tip:  From what we have learned so far, you can never have too many map and weather apps.  After consulting my favorite for weather (Acu Weather) and a few others like Weather Underground, etc., we noted that the earlier we depart the better, as the winds in the local area were supposed to pick up later in the morning.  You want to know what conditions you will be driving through, and whether or not you will need to deviate from your plan.  Always watch the weather!

We were up early on Monday, and our plan was to make it to Clovis, NM.  Cannon AFB is located in Clovis.  I had been there previously in the early 80’s, and thought it would be neat to check it out again.  They don’t have a Fam Camp, but we found a few PassPort America parks in the area that looked like they would be OK for an overnight stop at half price.  It is about 9 hours from San Angelo to Albuquerque, so we wanted to break the trip up rather than traveling that far in one day.  We took highway 87 out of San Angelo all the way to Lubbock, where we caught Highway 84 towards Clovis.  84 turns into 70, and then 60 once you cross the border.  The roads were real nice for the most part.  Mostly divided highway.  But…the winds arose early, and beat on us relentlessly all day.  We had steady 20-25 MPH winds out of the SW, hitting us right on the front left corner of the Coach.  The Coach handled real well however, and when we got to Clovis, it was quite early, so we decided to push on so our trip in the morning would be shorter.  We stuck with 60, which became 84 again once we got to Fort Sumner, NM.  Then we headed North, and got to Santa Rosa about 4:30 PM.  Santa Rosa is right on I-40 and Old Route 66.  This worked well, as our morning drive to Albuquerque would only be about 150 miles.  After we got settled in, we went to check out something called The Blue Hole?!?!?

Blue hole was born of a geological phenominon called the Santa Rosa Sink.  According to the literature, nomadic tribes, cowboys driving their dogies cross the Pecos, and Americans going wet on Route 66 all sought respite here.

Blue hole was born of a geological phenomenon called the Santa Rosa Sink. According to the literature, nomadic tribes, cowboys driving their cattle across the Pecos, and Americans going west on Route 66 all sought respite here.

 

The "hole" is about 110' deep, and crystal clear.  Scuba divers come from all over the US to dive here.  Visibility is reported to be 100' due to the water renewing itself every 6 hours.  What doesn't change is the temperature...a constant 62 degrees.

The “hole” is about 110′ deep, and crystal clear. Scuba divers come from all over the US to dive here. Visibility is reported to be 100′ due to the water renewing itself every 6 hours. What doesn’t change is the temperature…a constant 62 degrees.

There are additional chambers that go over 225′ underground.  We got here as they were closing, but they let us take a look around.  There were quite a few folks just picking kids up from here, as it also seems to serve as the local swimming hole.

We were back before dark, and I got this shot of the landscape just before sunset:

Really much better in person, but beautiful none the less.

Really much better in person, but beautiful none the less.

We are glad to be back in drier, cooler climates again.  It was starting to get quite hot in Texas.  We were up early once again, but not as early as most folks apparently!  This camp ground is for travelers, or one nighters if you will.  The place was near full when we went to bed, and by the time we had everything ready to roll, we were the only ones in the place…and we left at 09:00!  We made it to the Kirkland AFB, NM Fam Camp before noon.  We had our pick of several spaces, and we picked one that would allow us to see the mountains out our front windows.

I didn't get any good shot of the Albuquerque sun rises that we loved so much when we lived here from 1990-1993.

I didn’t get any good shots of the Albuquerque sun rises or sun sets that we loved so much when we lived here from 1990-1993.

A better idea of what the camp site looks like.  Rock over crushed rock.  Works well...not dusty at all, and plenty of room.

A better idea of what the camp site looks like. Rock over crushed rock. Works well…not dusty at all, and plenty of room.

The rest of the afternoon was spent driving around base and around town trying to remember things from 22 years ago…my oh my, things have changed.  I really didn’t recognize much on base at all, and the office I’d worked in was gone…replaced by one of several new buildings here.  We did locate our old house and the school our kids attended…I hope they enjoyed the pictures of a long time ago.  I spent the rest of the afternoon making reservations to get to DC for work on Wed.

I headed out Wed afternoon, and Terri stayed here with the Coach.  She was able to get some “Terri” time, and made the most of it, fixing things, cleaning things, and traveling around reminiscing.  She repaired another one of our blinds that had broken strings…what a mess that is!  She a professional now.  I was in DC for Wed-Friday night for work, then took the Metro over to Greenbelt on Friday night.  Our son, daughter-in-law and their two kids are presently stationed in MD, so it was fortuitous to see them again and spend the weekend with them.

Peyton picked me up at the Metro station.

Peyton picked me up at the Metro station.

And Logan was waiting with all smiles when I got to their house.  We just left them in January, and they have both grown so much!

And Logan was waiting with all smiles when I got to their house. We just left them in January, and they have both grown so much!

The deer were out in full force right near Jason's house.

The deer were out in full force right near Jason’s house.

Saturday was one of the nicer days they have had in MD for a while, so Peyton and I played outside for a while.

A really kewl water table.

A really kewl water table.

And she picked me some of these "nice flowers."

And she picked me some of these “nice flowers.”

Friday night was nice in that I was able to go along to a birthday party for one of Peyton’s friends (well, the parents are friends of Jason and Meghan’s as well.)  Terri and I had met them previously when Jason was stationed here before.  They are both from the same area of Wisconsin that Terri and I grew up in and they are moving back.  Their parents were there as well, so it was neat to catch up on all things Wisconsin.

She had a blast in this thing!

She had a blast in this thing!

We were up early on Sunday, and we all headed to church and spent the rest of most of the day together before I got on a plane and headed back to my bride.  Terri was fortunate enough to go back to Hoffmantown Church, which was our church when we lived in Albuquerque.  She said many things were the same as they had been…it is nice to know some things don’t change!

Hope to see you soon Logan!

Hope to see you soon Logan!

Terri was right on time, and we were back at the Coach before 8 PM.  It sure helps when you gain two hours on the way home.  Terri had everything spic and span, as well as new tires on the truck!  I knew we needed new tires, and the Pirelli Scorpions that came on the truck when it was new in 2012 had over 62,000 odometer miles on them.

Tech Tip:  Even though the odometer does not turn when you are towing your “toad,” or “towed,” the tires still accumulate miles.  Make sure you check them often, and you should rotate them more often than usual due to the additional wear and tear that is placed on them by being “towed.”  The Pirelli’s actually had about 72,000 miles on them if you count all the time they have spent behind the Coach.  We didn’t stay with the Pirelli’s this time.  I went back to the trusty Michelin LTX tires that I’ve used in the past.  I have always seemed to get at least 70,000 miles out of them,  We will see if that is true going all over the place behind the Coach.  They sure ride real nice, and are quieter than the Pirelli’s.

Today Terri was up early and took a bike ride, and I slept in a bit…chock it up to jet lag, at least that’s what I’m telling myself.  After she got back, we decided to take advantage of our Brevard County Zoo annual pass, as the Albuquerque Zoo has a reciprocal agreement with them as well as many others.  I’ve mentioned this in a previous post.  We got half off of admission, and we had a great day.  This zoo has improved immensely since we were here, and it was nice back then too.

Before I sat down to do this post, we took care of some laundry, and we got almost everything done for the move tomorrow.  All we need to do is dump the tanks and hook up the truck.  We hope to hit the road by 8, as it is over 400 miles to our next destination…the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.  This is another place that we have lived a couple of times, and we are looking forward to getting back.  The Fam Camp on base is first come, first serve until the 1st of May.  We have reservations for 1-12 May, we just don’t know if they will have room when we pull in tomorrow late afternoon.  Wish us luck!  I am hoping to get away from the wind for a bit…it has not stopped since we arrived last Tuesday…the coach is rocking as I type, as the winds are 25 MPH sustained right now.

It just so happens the Space Symposium is happening this week at the Broadmoor, so I plan to attend that for a couple of days.  Many of our friends and colleagues will be in town, so we are looking forward to catching up with them.  Then the travels continue…Terri leaves on Saturday to head to Wisconsin, where she gets the privilege of watching our grandson Toby for a week!  What a blast that will be…wish I was going too, but “Grampa’s Bus” as Toby calls it, wouldn’t be able to make it there in time, and we are headed further north and west after Terri gets back.

Wheww…I have got to post more often!  As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy, and Living Your Dreams!!!

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2 thoughts on “4-13 April, 2015; So Long Texas; Hello New Mexico (and other places)

  1. Pecos, NM;Good morning Ron and Terri. As you make your way out of Santa Fe, heading North, you’ll come to the town of Pecos. This is where I graduated HS and I worked at the Pecos National Monument with the Youth Conservation Corps. when I was 16. You will be passing the Glorieta battlefield and the Rowe Mesa (spent many an hour hauling wood from up there). Beautiful area and I’m looking forward to your journey’s. Fred   From: ronandterrirvlife To: fred_fl03@yahoo.com Sent: Monday, April 13, 2015 8:08 PM Subject: [New post] 4-13 April, 2015; So Long Texas; Hello New Mexico (and other places) #yiv0595293501 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv0595293501 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv0595293501 a.yiv0595293501primaryactionlink:link, #yiv0595293501 a.yiv0595293501primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv0595293501 a.yiv0595293501primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv0595293501 a.yiv0595293501primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv0595293501 WordPress.com | ronandterrirvlife posted: “Sorry for the delay in posts folks, but it has been a busy week plus.  The last I posted we were in San Angelo, TX, and we are presently in Albuquerque, NM and planning to head toward Colorado tomorrow morning.  So, what have we been doing all this time?” | |

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