Tuesday, March 21, 2017

FMCA Chandler Rally 1

Treky selected the first site in the "No Electricity" row of Class B motor homes.  We are backed up to the grandstands where the entertainment takes place.

We were instructed to arrive here on the 5th of March.  That's a couple of days before the rally starts. We had to come early as there will be over 1700 motor homes here and it takes several days to park all of them.  When we got here, vendors were still moving in their wares.

This is the view from Treky drivers's window - the rear of the vendors and administrative building.

That's Treky on the left - you can see the relationship to the grandstand bleachers.

The night-time entertainment will take place on that stage in the distance.  It will be a couple of days before anything much of the rally begins.

One thing that we can do is turn in our registration and pet locator card.  Should Tippy get lost, they can return her to Treky's location.  Tippy thinks that Ron is the one most likely to get lost.  This is the FMCA Administrative booth.

This entire rally is staffed by volunteers. Here, the volunteers pass out event schedules and facility maps.

It's still two days until the official start of the rally - so more early "stuff" next.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trip to Arizona - LowHi Ranch

The LowHi Ranch campground is located near Deming, New Mexico.  Residents have created artistic designs throughout the campground using native material available there.

Tippy loves to explore this campground - There is much new for her to see and smell.

More designs - The motto of this campground is "Where singles mingle".  However campers of all marital status are welcome.  They are a Passport America RV park.

Did you know that cactus blooms?  Pretty isn't it?

Can you see that Tippy is tracking something?

It's a Roadrunner.   This particular Roadrunner lives in the LowHI Ranch park.  It is not very shy and will come up to the RV's looking for food.  Tippy didn't catch it.

We will cover the FMCA rally tomorrow; after all , that's the reason for this trip.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Friday, March 17, 2017

Trip to Arizona - Ghost Town

When I looked up, I saw that Treky had us rolling down a dirt (sandy dust) road.  I didn't ask where we are going, I just decided to wait and see what adventure Treky had in store for us.

The further we traveled, the rougher the landscape looked.

Finally, a sign.  Lake Valley??? - I don't think a lake would survive in this desert.

An old deserted building.  - Note the mail box???

A little explanation - A ghost town.

Tippy thinks that there may be spooks in there.  I don't know about spooks but probably snakes are there.  Either way we are not going inside.

What is not falling down is over grown.

A bunk house??

The hotel and saloon

A hundred years ago, hundreds of people lived here searching for silver and gold.

This is the museum

Lake Valley Silver Boom Town

Readable portion of plaque

More words

Can you imagine a blanket of silver 20 feet thick?

This is what our ghost town looked like over 100 years ago.

Same view today

Treky is a good van - he has taken us to so many exciting places.  Look at the road that he has traveled on.

A little info.

Next we will look around our campsite in New Mexico.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Trip to Arizona - Fort Davis

We have had no WiFi or phone signal for a few days - therefore the delay.

Fort Davis consists largely of the foundations of old buildings.

However there are some reproductions of life during the time the fort was active.  This is a building that dates back to those days and was used by the Native Americans who lived near Fort Davis.

A Native American hut - Tippy checking it out.

Plaques are located throughout the fort.  This one explains life along the trail through Apache land.

A closer view of the interior of the indian hut.  Fire place in center.

Plaque about the hut

Native food and liquor

Main entrance (walking)

Official plaque

The houses in the distance were for married officers.

Only one wall remains of the enlisted men's barracks.  
An enlisted men's canteen is sort of like a convenience store of today

This is what's left of the Post Chapel.


Another view of the chapel

Little sticker burrs grow throughout the fort and I think that Tippy got several suck in her little paw pads - very painful.  That's her memory of Fort Davis.

We will try to get back on line in a few days.  We are all well - just out in the desert where signals are few and far between

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Monday, March 6, 2017

Trip to Arizona - Going to Fort Davis

Desert sunrise seen through Cotton Wood trees - Near Fort Stockton, Texas

Sunrise through Treky's windshield - about 7 am Mountain Time.

Early mornings are cold here on the desert - 35 degrees (F) - Ron, Tippy and Treky don't like cold.

We're headed to Fort Davis near the base of those moutains - Two lane road - about 90 miles from Fort Stockton, Texas.

Landscape - Rural West Texas

Tippy thinks that the sky out here is pretty - Look at that one lonely tree on the side of the road.  Treky says, "Lonely is the word".

West Texas picnic area - Note the picnic table almost into the rocks - We like this - Artistic.

Picnic area mountain side.

Looking for a cut in the mountains - This one is named Wild Rose Pass.

Rugged terrain seen through Treky's windshield.

We'll be at Fort Davis, Texas next post. 

Ron, Tippy and Treky