our”home” for the month; enchanted trails rv park & trading post
In case you’re lost!
Their maintenance building
They even have a few vintage RV’s you can rent
The interior of the office/trading post is pretty nostalgic as well!
We’re not sure if this really works but it’s pretty cool anyway!
Our spot for the month; we even got our own little tree!
There was another Grand Design family member next door in a Reflection! first stop(s), the weddings!
First we flew out for the the San Diego wedding; Danielle and Christian.
They had a beautiful wedding at Christian’s parents home in Crest. We had a great time at the event and reconnecting with our many friends and family over the 5 days we were there. After all, I had to support my “brother” Tom with his youngest daughter getting hitched!
Flew home, then 2 days later drove to Colorado.
First stop Thursday was Colorado Springs where we stayed overnight with Rich and Aneka. Friday morning (April 22nd!!) we woke up to this! I realized this was the first time my truck has ever had snow on it since we bought it in 2003!
Rich’s back porch
Love the t-shirt!
Look at that gorgeous smile!
Reeve hard at work sporting his new miners hardhat we got him in Bisbee at the copper mine.
Reeve multi-tasking as usual! next, Bruce and Ellen’s beautiful wedding!
Ellen and Bruce, the lovely couple at their wedding in downtown Denver. then Drove back to Albuquerque to continue our journey.
First was our tour of the TURQUOISE trail
First stop; TINKERTOWN MUSEUM! This is the front entrance to Tinkertown, the most “Unique” Museum you’ll ever encounter!
The bottle wall! They had the entire town bringing their recycled bottles to them for years to build this feature!
Our first taste for what awaited us inside!
The inside of the front bottle wall.
Old west scene; check out all the amazing detail!
Unique use for old license plates and metal signs don’t you think?
Our new motto to live by!
The coolest thing here; a working one-man-band machine!
Even an outdoor fireplace made from bottles!
And, of course, a full size 1936 sail boat!
Next was the Mine Shaft Tavern and Museum for lunch. (Coal miners in this case.)
The front entrance; notice the huge gear inset into the steps!
One of the locals I’m guessing! all the waitresses came over and hugged him and he never ordered; they already knew what he wanted (besides the hugs of young women that is!)
The “not so locals”!
Unique use for heavy chain!
I’m thinking her right boob is much bigger than the left; but a donkey with boobs is kinda creepy anyway!
Entrance to the museum; you go into the theater, across the engine stage and through a green curtain, stage right!
They have live music and shows here during the summer.
The rest of the engine outside; weird!
A few old rusting antique cars, trucks and tractors.
Couldn’t resist taking a picture of this real street sign; gave me a chuckle! DON’T go to the OLD Hospital!
Soda Dam; a natural rock formation “dam”. you could smell the suphur in the water!
A close-up view of the interesting rock formations.
A picture Jan took with her iPhone shows how huge these rock formations are compared to me!
Our short 1/4 mile hike to Jemez Falls.
A closer view, but not as good. I wasn’t willing to go any further out on the ledge for the shot!
On down the road to find the Gilman Tunnels. The girl who owned the local general store told us about them.
The road to the tunnels. Narrow and eventually is dirt!
First view; they were blasted out in the 1920’s for access while building a logging railroad.
On our way, Jan spotted this interesting large pine tree; growing right out of the cliff ahead!
It’s at least a 40-50 feet tall tree and the same distance above the road!!
sandia crest and sandia peak tramway ride (yes she talked me into riding the tram!)
Views were spectacular as you could imagine.
Vast array of microwave and other antennas up there.
YES, that is snow; 40 degrees cooler than down below.
sandia peak tram ride (the highest one in the country)
They just replaced the gondolas last week; these on the ground are the old ones.
Our chariot arrives.
The view back as we went up. Boy does that building look tiny!
The middle tower to take us over the first smaller peak. The entire trip is 2.7 miles one way!
They said you can see 11,000 square miles of New Mexico from the top!
Made it to the top; here are a few views from there. Spectacular!
The ski run on the other side of the peak.
These hoses are used to add or remove water used as ballast when needed.
Seems you can see forever!
Views on our return trip down.
Would NOT want to do this in winter. This thing runs year round though!
When we left the tram we had to drive by this; recognize it Breaking Bad fans? It’s the car wash Walt and his wife owned. Was Octopus Car Wash but bought out by Mr. Car Wash, a huge chain.
We also had lunch at Blake’s Lotaburger because they’re everywhere in NM; wasn’t really impressed with the burgers, one step up from McDonalds I guess! my highlight of the albuquerque trip- the unser racing museum!
for my harley friends!
Al Unser Senior’s personal Cobra.
Rear view; notice the hitch receiver? Al said “I need to get my ski mobiles to the mountain somehow!”
Unser’s dirt racers he used on the Pike Peak Hillclimb race.
Bobby Unser’s hillclimb race car.
One of Al Sr.’s race cars for Indy.
Where it all began!
Al Jr.’s custom motorcycle gifted to himself for a win at Indy.
A custom rifle given to Al Sr. for an Indy win; check out the etchings; beautiful gun!
Al Senior was there that day and agreed to a photo Opp! Very nice down to earth man!
Shirts that Al Unser Senior’s parents had made when they watched Al Sr. and Al Jr. race against each other at Indy. One was sponsored by Goodyear and the other by Firestone!
They had a driving simulator too! You start out dead last in 10th and have to work your way through the pack in 5 laps.
My results: I came in FIRST by nearly 2 seconds!
A Leroy Neiman painting of Al Sr. at his Indy win. the nuclear science & history museum
A race car sponsored by Nuclear Clean air & Energy; part of the Paul Neuman team.
The Delores from Back to the Future
The Flux Capacitor 🙂
One of their hands on exhibits; very interesting. It separates the hydrogen from the water by a hand cranked electrical generator to make a small explosion to shoot the ping pong ball up the tube.
Butter casing of the Fat Boy bomb dropped in Japan.
The main lobby has the Periodic Table embedded as part of the floor.
Outside they had some historic planes including a similar plane the the one that dropped the bomb in Hiroshima (the original one is in the Smithsonian in D.C.)
san antonio botanical gardens
We made a day of visiting this beautiful garden.
Floral succulents (not cabbages:-) )
Serene lily pond
Rain Forest Mural
From behind the waterfall.
Children’s vegetable gardens.
Turtlefest! Count ’em, 17!
Original building from the 1800’s
Aqueducts similar to what the Spaniards built in the day.
Interesting wood bench
This was a beautiful place, even though we came a bit early so everything wasn’t in bloom yet. We hope to return before we leave the area since things are beginning to bloom now.
Austin texas and ladybird lake park
Dana, Kelly & Mac
Mac loves water ( unlike Zoe! )
We met up with Dana Lynch, Mary’s sister in law and Dana’s daughter Kelly and “their” beautiful GSD, Mac.
Beautiful walking/biking path along the river
Yet another turtle!
What you look’n at?
Hmmm, that engineer’s hair matches the train!
Kelly & Mac fredericksburg and the national museum of the pacific war (wwii)
These plaques represent thousands of fallen men and women from the Pacific theater of WWII.
Screw from an Essex class carrier.
I loved the subdued lighting they used on these displays.
What an inspirational thing to come from two Admirals, Nimitz and Togo, who always had the utmost respect for each other, and, of course, the Japanese people. FYI, Admiral Nimitz was born and raised here in Fredericksburg.
Great German food for lunch at Auslander, which in German means “Traveler” or “Tourist”!
THAT must be where they buried Granny, she always had a green thumb!
Are those John Deere seats!
Cool benches in Fredericksburg downtown area
FAT ASS RANCH & WINERY- A cool winery on our way home. Unfortunately they had just closed for the day
Old Fordson (I think) tractor at the winery GUADaLUPE river state park in spring branch, texas
Notice the flotsam left in the trees after the flood a few months ago! And yes, the water did get that high! WOW!
The “rapids” (Notice more flotsam above in the trees)
Well rooted trees!
More root patterns but it sure looks like a squirrel or something lurking behind!
interesting root patterns!
ANOTHER TURTLE! And I haven’t seen Turtle Soup anywhere on a menu!
Stairs from the river to the picnic areas
That Cyprus tree has more wrinkles than me! lunch at the famous salt lick BARBECUE restaurant in driftwood, texas
(left to right) Mark, Penny (Denny Hammond’s 96 year young sister!), Jan, Jules, Liz and Brandt
Penny with Jan
HUGE hunk o’meat! YUM!!
Huge grounds for picnicking, there’s even a dog park too! MCKINnEY falls state park in austin, texas
We met up with Liz for a picnic lunch and sightseeing at McKinney Falls State Park
Now that’s the way to RELAX!
The infamous Bluebonnets are beginning to bloom!
Bluebonnets and more Bluebonnets! meanwhile, back at the campground….
Our back window view
Empty campground (temporarily until Spring Break at least)
Zook, our neighborhood watchdog!
Representatives from the resident herd of deer. They really like the deer corn I put out every evening!
The camphosts say there’s a herd of about 30 that live in this valley.
SUMMIT RESORT & RV PARK
Our campsite at Summit Resort
Our new back yard
We’re now staying here in a really nice resort on the outskirts of New Bruanfels, Texas called Summit Resort and RV Park. We chose this location because of it’s central location between Austin, San Antonio and Fredericksburg. we’ll be here until March 16th, so plenty of time to explore the area. This campground is in a valley right near the Guadalupe River. There’s a resident herd of about 30 deer we see quite often (I’ll get pictures eventually, they seem to know when I don’t have my camera handy!)
DAY TRIP TO SAN ANTONIO
Jan at The Republic of Texas BBQ Restaurant on the river walk
Brandt at The Republic of Texas BBQ Restaurant on the river walk
View from the street above of The Republic of Texas restaurant.
Lunch at The Republic of Texas BBQ restaurant was fabulous! Best TriTip I’ve ever had!
Art along the river.
View from our riverboat tour.
Keeping the peace!
Great river tour, lots of interesting sights and the history was interesting as well.
My new Leprechaun friend!
Guarding the tree?
San Antonio River Walk
Another colorful Mural Ad
Mural along the freeway in San Antonio
Interesting sights at street level too including the Alamo, architecture, street art and more.
DAY TRIP(2 TIMES) TO NEW BRAUNFELS
The Pour Haus Bar; notice the swings for bar stools!
Blake, Daniel and their dog Missy at The Pour Haus. They’re locals and recommended Ink State Park and the San Antonio Botanical Gardens; both were outstanding!
My new friend Missy!
More four legged patrons!
We met Daniel and Blake and Missy at the Pour Haus where I had a local pilsner beer called ZOE! Really nice laid back outdoor bar that was, obviously , very dog friendly.
Great turn of the century architecture too!
New Braunfels Train Museum.
Fabulous murals all over the town of New Braunfels.
Even the local establishments get into doing them!
New Braunfels legendary murals all over town
The murals even had a recipe for Venison sausage!
This one done in tiles.
DAY TRIP TO GRUENE (pronounced “green”)
Gruene Dance Hall (pronounced “green” we’re told!)
Inside the dance hall
Stage in the dance hall
license plate on the floor of the dance hall. A long lost relative?!?
Saloon in the dance hall.
The Gruene Dance Hall was the community gathering place over the years. Very cool!
The tipsy gypsy!
non-working water tower above the visitor’s center.
Some of the funky local shops and architecture.
The Gristmill Restaurant
The Gristmill Restaurant where we enjoyed lunch.
My little buddy!
Spring flowers are beginning to show. day trip to marble falls (where there were no falls as it turns out) and inks state park
The sign by the road said”WINE AND VIEWS”, what did you expect us to do!?!
Brandt, Haley, Jan and Melissa Our new friends!
The view goes on forever!
View from the parking lot. Wine tasting on the ground floor and top deck with vacation suite rentals on the second and third floors. The third floor is one unit!
Haley’s getting married. They’re preparing for her Bridal Shower.
River City Grill in Marble Falls, recommended by Haley. Great food and nice view of the lake and river.
View from the restaurant
View from the restaurant inks state park
Brantley Lake State Park Campground
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!