Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
October, 2017 - Mexico

Friday, March 25, 2011

Windy New Mexico

Yesterday afternoon as we neared the end of our drive it got quite windy.  The campground we are staying at is off of a county road, an unpaved road.  After driving the two miles on a gravel road in windy conditions, our truck and camper are super dusty!!!  Luckily, the wind died down in the evening so no problems sleeping.  The winds have picked up again this afternoon.  Hopefully, not all night!

We’re staying at El Rancho Lobo RV Park.  It’s a nice little campground, just a dusty two miles to get here.  We’re paying $11 per night plus 12 cents per KW hour for electricity.  That’s the Passport America price.  This is the first time we haven’t had to pay for our camping at check-in.  They said they’ll collect when we leave so they can just add the electricity.  Don’t you just love small town trust.

We’re parked in the short-term area which is a row of FHU pull-through sites with 50 amp service.  The sites are gravel, but very nice and level and there is free Wi-Fi.  Here’s our spot with our dusty truck and camper.

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Today we ventured into the town of Deming which is about 10 miles from the campground.  We visited the Luna Mimbres Museum.  This is one of the nicest small town museums we have been to.  They had two floors of interesting, well laid out and well marked exhibits. 

Of particular interest to us was the display of thundereggs.  The museum has one of the world’s largest collection of these rocks.  They are egg shaped rocks which come from lava flows and have agate, quartz, opal or jasper inside of them.  They were beautiful.  I would definitely recommend a visit to this museum if you are ever in the area.

For lunch we stopped at Dairy Queen for a Blizzard treat.  It’s been over a month since I’ve had my DQ fix, so it was time.  Korey, dad says thanks for the gift card.  I second that. Awesome gift!

On the way back we stopped at the St. Clair Winery Tasting Room. 

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It is New Mexico’s largest winery producing over 85,000 cases a year.  The grapes are actually grown about 50 miles from here at an elevation of 4500 feet.  The hot, sunny days, cool nights and rich sandy soil make for perfect growing conditions.  Who would have thought grapes grow in the desert.

After tasting five varieties of sweet wine, I decided I liked the PlumLoco the best.  It is a grape-based wine with plum and cherry juices added.  Delicious.  So, of course, I had to buy a bottle :)

So, we enjoyed our first day in New Mexico.  Tomorrow we will explore a nearby state park.  Stay tuned for more adventures!

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4 comments:

  1. Good post. I often think of you as I sort and paint. You two were the first couple I followed thru the "launch" period!

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  2. The St. Clair winery is one of the best wineries we have been to. It is windy here at Elephant Butte too. We have found that the mornings are calm and wind starts in the afternoon and then dies down during the night. We want to go to Albuquerque on Sunday so we are actually going to try to get off early before the wind picks up.

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  3. Winds are pretty clam here in Mississippi, but noticed on my hike this morning that the mosquitoes are starting to cruise for donors. :)

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  4. Always amazes me that they can grow wine grapes in places that I would never expect. Being a California girl, I am surprised at some of the good wines in other states :)

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