While in Carlsbad we stayed at a New Mexico state park called Brantley Lake (has a nice ring to it, don’t you think 🙂 . Anyway, it’s on a reservoir and the view was finally great, no more parking lot!
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
We went here for a day to explore the caverns; unfortunately their elevator (which goes down 750 feet!) was out so the only way in was to walk 1 1/4 miles down the 750 foot drop and then back out the same way! My back was acting up and Jan didn’t think her knee would do that so we opted to watch the movie instead and take in the visitors center. All was very interesting and informative!
RosWELl, new mexico UFO Museum and RESEARCH library
We spent Sunday, Valentines Day, going to visit Roswell, NM, home of the UFO Museum and Research Library! Romantic don’t you think?!? Anyway, very interesting to say the least! We, of course forgot to wear our aluminum foil hats 🙂 , I hope we’ll be okay!
We visited Kartchner Caverns because of a tip from our good friends, Kevin and Wendy Gallagher; it should be on everyones Bucket List! It was AMAZING! Unfortunately, I was not allowed to bring anything into the caverns; that included cameras, phones, NOTHING! They are “live” caves meaning the formations are still growing ever so slowly; 1 inch every 100 to 1000 years! To see photos and read the incredible history of their discovery and introduction to the public as a state park Google “Kartchner Caves” or go to the state park website here: www.azstateparks.com and look for Kartchner caverns. There’s a video tour as well as still pictures.
We also visited an old copper mining town called Bisbee. It was fascinating! Kind of a “Hippie” and artsy town now, but the copper mining museum and the town were very interesting. They are still getting copper but now instead of mining they are leaching it from the dregs left as a by-product of their forefathers (because of more advanced technology)
We(I) chose NOT to do the claustrophobic mine tour down into the bowels of the earth where we would be most certainly be buried alive!
Some beautiful Mesquite wood furniture and a vase, some with inlaid turquoise! Stunning (and pricey!)
There was some great sculptures and moving art pieces throughout the outdoor areas too.
We went with our new good friends Ken and Joy. While the girls looked at jewelry and such, Ken and I found this refuge:-). Notice the caricature picture: Castro, Dave Letterman, Marilyn Monroe and Arnold Schwarzenegger!
After exhausting shopping we all had drinks at Tubac Jack’s, including this interestingly delicious Smoked Jalapeño Margarita!
Here we are in beautiful downtown Tacna, Az. Sand, cow pasture perfume and train every hour or so! But hey, it’s only $190 per month or $20/night! It’s only one night, then on to the Phoenix area. The adventure rolls on! I’d add pictures/video but really, there’s no need!
Made it to our first stop on our adventure here at Fiddler’s Cove in Coronado. Beautiful spot (just wish it were a bit warmer!) We’ll be here 2 weeks while we prepare for the rest of our journey. Trying to determine where we can go next that’s not so darn cold! As of now I think we’ve decided on Tucson area; same temperatures but on or route towards southeast Texas where (hopefully) it will be warmer!
Santee Lakes is just the beginning of our adventure! From here, as soon as I retire on December 23, 2015. We will begin preparations for the next chapter. We’ll be at the Lakes until January 1st and then on to Fiddler’s Cove in Coronado until Jan 15th to set up our 5th wheel for our one year adventure. We will be visiting Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, if it is not too under water. Then as the north warms we will work our way up towards Colorado for an extended stay near our beautiful grandchildren, Aneka and Reeve. How exciting to be able to stay and visit with them for more than a week at a time! We will also be able to spend time with friends in Creed, Colorado Springs, Denver, Louisville and Sterling. Never before had we had this much quality time to enjoy with family and friends outside of California!