2014-5

It’s been pretty windy around here for the last few weeks but it did let up enough for us to hike the trails at Rockhound Park.  We had some friends from Deming join us for a hike and a picnic.

Joan, Gary, Lou, Linda and Sandra before the hike

Joan, Gary, Lou, Linda and Sandra before the hike

Nearing the summit

Nearing the summit

We also went to the Low-Hi Ranch for a dance.

 

We will be moving to City of Rocks State Park next week.

 

 

 

The view from the top of the trail looking down at the campground with Deming in the background

The view from the top of the trail looking down at the campground with Deming in the background

Dancing at LoW Hi

Dancing at LoW Hi

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2014-4

I Have moved to Rockhound State Park, near Deming, NM.  The park is nestled into the foothills of the Florida  Mountains (pronounced  flor-ee-da).

Rvs are barely visible at the foot of the mountain

Rvs are barely visible at the foot of the mountain

There are a number of trails to hike in this area.  Sandra and I went to a morninng coffee with a dozen or so other LoW members.   The park is southeast of the town and at night the view is pretty of the lights scattered across the desert.

Interesting rock formations of the Florida Mtns

Interesting rock formations of the Florida Mtns

We have enjoyed the sunsets.

There are many varieties of cactus.

 

 

Beautiful NM sunset

Beautiful NM sunset

 

 

 

 

2014-3

I went to Mexico to have lunch with a group of friends.  It was nice to see them.  I haven’t seen most of them for about 2 years.

Lunch in Palomas, Mexico

Lunch in Palomas, Mexico

Many of the LoWs go to Mexico every Tuesday.Our favorite waiter, Luis, at the Pink Store

Our favorite waiter, Luis, at the Pink Store

There is an area near Columbus, NM called City of the Sun.  It’s inhabitants are generally older, retired, eccentric isolationists.  I took a few gals out to one person’s house for a closer look at how they live.  It is pretty much off the grid and there are some very unusual houses and some very eclectic means of survival.

Exterior of totally solar powered house

Exterior of totally solar powered house

Bathroom wall from inside the house

Bathroom wall from inside the house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathroom wall as seen from the outside

Bathroom wall as seen from the outside

Spa - water is heated in barrel

Spa – water is heated in barrel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom

Bedroom

Unique storage

Unique storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staircase

Staircase

Mary Lou Jorns checks out and underground room

Mary Lou Jorns checks out an underground room

 

All very interesting!

 

Hard to describe,

but worth seeing!

 

 

One of the neighbors who wears a foil hat to keep aliens from sucking their brains out.

One of the neighbors who wears a foil hat to keep aliens from sucking their brains out.

 

 

 

2014-2

I am at the Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, NM.  The park was built on the site of Pancho Villa’s raid on the US.  It was the last time a foreign army set foot on US soil.

The old hotel where some of Pancho Villa's victims were shot.

The old hotel where some of Pancho Villa’s victims were shot.

The event occurred in 1913 and shortly thereafter, a military base was established here to track Pancho Villa into Mexico.  It was the first time the army used vehicles instead of horses for transportation.

Train station established to bring supplies to the military base.

Train station established to bring supplies to the military base.

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Camp Furlong was the training spot for 10,000 troops who were being trained to fight in WWI.  ‘Black Jack’ Pershing headed up the campaign to track Pancho Villa and another young Lieutenant at the base was George Patton.

2014-1

I’m ‘on-the-road-again’.  It’s been a pretty good Winter in Yuma.  I got to do lots of dancing, saw a lot of old friends, made some new friends, had some gal-pals visit from Canada, went to Quartzsite for the singles gathering and a few other things I won’t mention here.  My gal friends in Yuma gathered for one last ‘ladies night’ at Mickey B’s (our favorite watering hole) just before I left.  I will miss them this summer.

Lonnie, Kay, Myself and Karen on 'ladies night'

Lonnie, Kay, Myself and Karen on ‘ladies night’

As good a time as I had, I just couldn’t wait to get back out on the road.  I plan to spend April, May and June in New Mexico then head north to visit family in Wyoming.  If all goes as planned, I would like to hook up with the WIN NW circuit in Gig Harbor, Washington and travel with them down the Oregon coast into Northern California.  Their circuit would take me to the end of September and time to head back to Yuma.