Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A New Mexico Rest Area

It seems to me that rest areas take on the characteristics of the state as a whole.  This New Mexico rest area  pretty much looks like the rural parts of New Mexico.  That is a picnic table and wind deflector in the center of the picture.

Looking off to the East.  That's interstate 10 going off in the distance.  As you can see, there's not much traffic out here.

Another picnic table.. The walls protect from the wind.

We found these trees throughout the desert southwest.

Tippy says, "Wait, wait, I hear something that sounds like a very big bird.

Look, way in the distance - Is that a road runner?  It's too far away t tell.

Well, at least it's a statue of a roadrunner.  The Roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico, I think.

We have enjoyed our trip to Arizona, passing through Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona - All on Interstate 10.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Sunday, March 26, 2017

FMCA Chandler, Arizona Rally Day 3

Still in Rawhide - Check out this steam-generated portable pipe organ.

Old western town street scene

Honky Tonk - Nice name for a saloon

Fancy wagon suitable for going on a date.  Even has a roof to keep the rain and sun off your lady.

I ate a wonderful small prime rib at this steakhouse.

I think this wagon is called a buckboard.

This is the line-up of the "carnival" food vendors.  I like carnival food.

I could have selected lots of unhealthy but delicious, food but instead, I had fish filets and fries for lunch one day.

Ron shared the fish with me - Good old Ron.

A few of the "over a thousand" RV's at the rally.  The sky was full of vapor trails everyday.

We'll try to post something on the way home.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Thursday, March 23, 2017

FMCA Chandler, AZ Rally Day 2

Rawhide is an interesting area located within the Chandler fairgrounds and is open for FMCA rally attendees - I spent several hours here.

Rawhide has many relics such as this old prairie schooner - These were used by pioneers to cross the prairie and mountains to resettle from the East to the West.

 There is a climbing wall ? - Climbing - Yes; Wall - No.  Kids loved this.   I didn't try.  Tippy probably could climb it but she was not allowed in Rawhide.

Another old prairie schooner waiting on repairs outside the blacksmith shop

This was a snack shop

Sidewalk barbecue pit

There is something very unusual about this old cannon.

It has a wooded barrel.

There will be one more post about Rawhide.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

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