Our month in Albuquerque (sort of) sorry for the lengthy post; we had almost nonexistent WiFi for the month!

our”home” for the month; enchanted trails rv park & trading post

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In case you're lost!
In case you’re lost!
Their maintenance building
Their maintenance building
They even have a few vintage RV's you can rent
They even have a few vintage RV’s you can rent

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The interior of the office/trading post is pretty nostalgic as well!
The interior of the office/trading post is pretty nostalgic as well!
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We’re not sure if this really works but it’s pretty cool anyway!

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Our spot for the month; we even got our own little tree!
Our spot for the month; we even got our own little tree!
There was another Grand Design family member next door in a Reflection!
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.

Flew to San Diego to attend Danielle and Christian's beautiful wedding. Had a great time at the event and reconnecting with our many friends there. Had to support my "brother" Tom!
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 we woke up to this!
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
Rich’s back porch
Love the t-shirt!
Love the t-shirt!
Look at that gorgeous smile!
Look at that gorgeous smile!
Reeve hard at work sporting his new miners hardhat we got him in Bisbee at the copper mine.
Reeve hard at work sporting his new miners hardhat we got him in Bisbee at the copper mine.
Reeve multi-tasking as usual!
Reeve multi-tasking as usual!

next, Bruce and Ellen’s beautiful wedding!

Ellen and Bruce, the lovely couple at their wedding in downtown Denver.
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

Front Entrance to Tinkertown, the most "Unique" Museum you'll ever encounter!
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!
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!
Our first taste for what awaited us inside!
The inside of the front bottle wall.
The inside of the front bottle wall.

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Old west scene; check out all the amazing detail!
Old west scene; check out all the amazing detail!

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Unique use for old license plates and metal signs don't you think?
Unique use for old license plates and metal signs don’t you think?
Our new motto to live by!
Our new motto to live by!
The coolest thing here; a working one-man-band machine!
The coolest thing here; a working one-man-band machine!

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Even an outdoor fireplace made from bottles!
Even an outdoor fireplace made from bottles!
And, of course, a full size 1936 sail boat!
And, of course, a full size 1936 sail boat!

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Next was the Mine Shaft Tavern and Museum for lunch. (Coal miners in this case.)

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The front entrance; notice the huge gear inset into the steps!
One of the locals I'm guessing!
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"!
The “not so locals”!
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Too funny!

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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 anyway1
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 in, across the engine stage and through a green curtain, stage right!
Entrance to the museum; you go into the theater, across the engine stage and through a green curtain, stage right!
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They have live music and shows here during the summer.
The rest of the engine outside; weird!
The rest of the engine outside; weird!
A few old rusting antique cars and trucks.
A few old rusting antique cars, trucks and tractors.

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Couldn't resist taking a picture of this real street sign; gave me a chuckle!
Couldn’t resist taking a picture of this real street sign; gave me a chuckle! DON’T go to the OLD Hospital!
Colors galore!
Colors galore!
Soda Dam; a natural rock formation "dam". you could smell the suphur in the water!
Soda Dam; a natural rock formation “dam”. you could smell the suphur in the water!

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A close-up view of the interesting rock formations.
A close-up view of the interesting rock formations.
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A picture Jan took with her iPhone shows how huge these rock formations are compared to me!

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Our short 1/4 mile hike to Jemez Falls.
Our short 1/4 mile hike to Jemez Falls.

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A closer view, but not as good. I wasn't willing to go any further out on the ledge for the shot!
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
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!
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.
First view; they were blasted out in the 1920’s for access while building a logging railroad.

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On our way, Jan spotted this interesting large pine tree; growing right out of the cliff ahead!
On our way, Jan spotted this interesting large pine tree; growing right out of the cliff ahead!
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It’s at least a 40-50 feet tall tree and the same distance above the road!!BFZ_9353

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sandia crest and sandia peak tramway ride (yes she talked me into riding the tram!)

Views were spectacular as you could imagine.
Views were spectacular as you could imagine.
Vast array of microwave and other antennas up there.
Vast array of microwave and other antennas up there.
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YES, that is snow; 40 degrees cooler than down below.

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sandia peak tram ride (the highest one in the country)

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They just replaced the gondolas last week; these are the old ones.
They just replaced the gondolas last week; these on the ground are the old ones.

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Our chariot arrives.
Our chariot arrives.
The other gondola returning as we went up.
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!
The middle tower to take us over the first smaller peak. The entire trip is 2.7 miles one way!

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They said you can see 11000 square miles of New Mexico from the top!
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!
Made it to the top; here are a few views from there. Spectacular!
The ski run on the other side of the peak.
The ski run on the other side of the peak.

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Good advice!
Good advice!

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These hoses are used to add or remove water used as ballast when needed.
These hoses are used to add or remove water used as ballast when needed.
Seems you can see forever!
Seems you can see forever!

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Views on our return trip down.
Views on our return trip down.

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Almost there!
Almost there!
Safe landing!
Safe landing!
Would NOT want to do this in winter. This thing runs year round though!
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.
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!
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!

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for my harley friends!
for my harley friends!

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Al Unser Senior's personal Cobra.
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!"
Rear view; notice the hitch receiver? Al said “I need to get my ski mobiles to the mountain somehow!”
Robby Unser's dirt racers he used on the Pike Peak race
Unser’s dirt racers he used on the Pike Peak Hillclimb race.
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Bobby Unser’s hillclimb race car.
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One of Al Sr.’s race cars for Indy.
Where it all began!
Where it all began!

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al Jr.'s custom motorcycle gifted to himself for a win at Indy.
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!
A custom rifle given to Al Sr. for an Indy win; check out the etchings; beautiful gun!

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Al Senior was there that day and agreed to a photo Opp!
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!
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.
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!
My results: I came in FIRST by nearly 2 seconds!
A Leroy Neiman painting they had there of Indy.
A Leroy Neiman painting of Al Sr. at his Indy win.

the nuclear science & history museum

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A race car sponsored by Nuclear Clean air & Energy; part of the Paul Neuman team.
A race car sponsored by Nuclear Clean air & Energy; part of the Paul Neuman team.
The Delores from Back to the Future
The Delores from Back to the Future
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The Flux Capacitor 🙂

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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.
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.

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Butter casing of the Fat Boy bomb dropped in Japan.
Butter casing of the Fat Boy bomb dropped in Japan.
The main lobby has the Periodic Table embedded as part of the floor.
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.)
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.)

Silver City and Surrounding Area

Our Home for the time there; Manzano's RV Park
Our Home for the time there; Manzano’s RV Park
Flurry Lane, yes ist's a dirt road!
Flurry Lane, yes ist’s a dirt road!
Our campsite, nice trees!
Our campsite, nice trees, although if you’ll notice the layout is backwards; the table and chair area is on the service side! No matter, it’s still a beautiful spot!

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View from our dining room window
View from our dining room window.

downtown silver city

Entrance to Main Street in "Old" Silver City
Entrance to Main Street in “Old” Silver City
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Anita Scott Coleman’s house

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Jan's cousin Harry's house. He's in the process of building the wall of bottles; pretty cool!
Jan’s cousin Harry’s house. He’s in the process of building the wall of bottles; pretty cool! The house is a historical landmark in the area.

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Family in Spain
Harry’s wife Chris, Harry, Avery and Willy(Sp?)
Jan, Aunt Fran and Harry when they visited our home.
Jan with Aunt Fran and Harry when they visited our home.

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I even found a really good Bloody Mary at Toad Creek Bar & Grill
I even found a really good Bloody Mary at Toad Creek Bar & Grill

City of Rocks State Park & Campground

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Many interesting rock formations. Very massive as you can see in the following pictures!
Many interesting rock formations. Very massive as you can see in the following pictures!

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Cactus Flowers were in bloom too
Cactus Flowers were in bloom too

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gila cliff dwellings national monument

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Jan on the first of many bridges along the trail leading to the Cliff Dwellings
Jan on the first of many bridges along the trail leading to the Cliff Dwellings
The "Official" greeter?
The “Official” greeter?

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First view of the caves.
First view of the caves.
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Steps up to the caves
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GOOD ADVICE!

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Our new friend!
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Notice the black ceiling from the fires they built for warmth and cooking.
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Jan in there to give it some scale and quiet those who complain we’re not in the pictures!

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Our only exit (Not really, but we took it anyway; shorter distance)
Our only exit (Not really, but we took it anyway; shorter distance)
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Local Residents.

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So sad (and stupid); this fire was caused by careless campers who left their campfire unattended according to the Rangers.

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pino altos, right next to silver city

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The Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House. It looks abandoned, doesn’t it?

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Front of the Opera House, it also looks abandoned!
Front of the Opera House, it also looks abandoned!

 

 

 

 

The End of Our Time in Texas (for now)

spring flowers blooming everywhere!

Blue Bonnets Everywhere in Texas
Blue Bonnets Everywhere in Texas
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Blue Bonnets and other colorful flowers on the roadside
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And in front of Palmetto National Park

japanese botanical gardens-san antonio

The entrance, as you'll notice it says "Chinese". This was changed during WWII but was later, after the war, reverted back. Only this sign remains.
The entrance, as you’ll notice, says “Chinese”. This was changed during WWII but was later, after the war, reverted back. Only this sign remains.
Building at the entrance
Building at the entrance
The main building with wonderful stone work.
The main building with wonderful stone work.
View over the ponds from the main building.
View over the ponds from the main building.
Pond residents, along with Koi fish of course.
Pond residents, along with Koi fish of course.
Beautiful Stone Bridge.
Beautiful Stone Bridge.
Gorgeous lush waterfall.
Gorgeous lush waterfall.
Beautiful Stonework Throughout.
Beautiful Stonework Throughout.
Resident Squirrel posing for his picture!
Resident Squirrel posing for his picture!

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Kiln from the quarry that was on this site.
Kiln from the quarry that was on this site.
History of the site and the kiln.
History of the site and the kiln.

our return to san antonio botanical gardens to see the new blooms

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Entrance to the gardens looking much more lush!
I didn't bother taking a picture of this Wisteria arbor before; it was bare!
I didn’t bother taking a picture of this Wisteria arbor before; it was bare!
Bird mansion!
Bird mansion!
Vegetable Garden, can't get chard this nice at the grocery!
Vegetable Garden, can’t get chard this nice at the grocery!
The blooming Rose garden.
The blooming Rose garden.

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palmetto state park near austin

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The scenic road into the park
The scenic road into the park.
View just inside the park of the valley below.
View just inside the park of the valley below.
Stone event center built by the CCC in the 1930's, beautiful!
Stone event center built by the CCC in the 1930’s, beautiful!

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One of the many beautiful trail walks.
One of the many beautiful trail walks.
VERY lush and green!
VERY lush and green!
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Very deep grass and nice flowers too!
This winters damage along the river. I discovered after I too this I was standing over a deep undercut!!
This winters damage along the river. I discovered after I took this photo that I was standing over a deep undercut!

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caverns of sonora texas (this time i was allowed to take my camera:-)

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Caverns of Sonora is a privately owned working ranch that just happens to have these amazing caverns under it. Family owned and operated for generations.
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SAM the greeter! A very large, slightly dirty (ranch dog) Pyrenees Mountain dog. What a lover!

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The store and offices for the caverns.
The store and offices for the caverns.
The resident male Peacock.
The resident male Peacock.
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And his Herem.

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They had an automatic deer feeder. We saw deer late one night but during the day the birds and squirrels make use of the corn too.
They treat to local birds pretty well I'd say; a massive bird condo complex made of gourds and a self filling watering trough.
They treat the local birds pretty well I’d say; a massive bird condo complex and a self filling watering trough.

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Our pull-thru camp spot; pretty straight shot I'd say!
Our pull-thru camp spot; pretty straight shot I’d say! It wasn’t so spacious once the sites filled up later though. Still a nice spot.
Our guide Bill took us into the caverns. The tour required doing 360+ steps plus steep inclines so Jan decided to just enjoy the pictures I took.
Our guide Bill took us into the caverns. The tour required doing 360+ steps plus steep inclines so Jan decided to just enjoy the pictures I took.

a few pictures inside the caverns of sonora, breathtaking!

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Tossing money into the natural pools is forbidden, but they installed this cement bottomed one for that purpose. All the money collected is given to local charities.

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GOODBYE FOR NOW TEXAS……

 

 

Adventures going south to the Gulf coast of Texas

wilderness rv park in mathis

Saint Patricks Day celebration picnic hosted by the park. Food, live music and fun!

St. Patrick's Day park celebration with a band
St. Patrick’s Day park celebration with a band
One of the many "characters"
One of the many “characters”
Participants plus the EZ Go parking lot
Participants plus the EZ Go parking lot

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mustang island state park

Our one picture of Mustang Island State Park- Closed due to the previous night's storm, BUMMER!
Our one picture of Mustang Island State Park- Closed due to the previous night’s storm, BUMMER!

GOOSE ISLAND state park

One night in overflow parking before the beach spot
One night in overflow parking before the beach spot
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Our spot on the beach, nice!
Up the beach view.
Up the beach view.

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View from the beach. Nice shelter!
View from the beach. Nice shelter!
View down the beach. (No pics of the storm surge coming over the wall; before we left.
View down the beach. (No pics of the storm surge coming over the wall; before we left.
Oyster House Happy Hour oyster plate; $7.50/dozen! YUM!!
Oyster House Happy Hour oyster plate; $7.50/dozen! YUM!!
Oyster House "after" picture!
Oyster House “after” picture, about 5 minutes later!
Sunset over the bay.
Sunset over the bay.

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Our very noisy neighbors! (mine,mine,mine)
Our very noisy neighbors! (mine,mine,mine)
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Egret in front of our camp spot!

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HUGE Egret! Over 4 feet tall!
HUGE Egret! Over 4 feet tall!
Ferry terminal to Port Aransas where we took the Dolphin tour.
Ferry terminal to Port Aransas where we took the Dolphin tour.

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Artsy planter
Artsy planter
A boat for our real estate friends!
A boat for our real estate friends!
HUGE oil drilling rig. For sale, only $1.1B!!
HUGE oil drilling rig. For sale, only $1.1B!!
Massive cargo ship; aka dolphin surfing partner!
Massive cargo ship; aka dolphin surfing partner!

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Last of our time in the New Braunfels Area

new braunfels train museum

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Front end of oil fueled steam engine
Caboose operator's perch.
Caboose operator’s perch.
Massive!
Massive!
Dining car used for social events.
Dining car used for social events.
I'm sorry, in case of derailment I'm getting the hell out! The tanks will empty themselves!
I’m sorry, in case of derailment I’m getting the hell out! The tanks will empty themselves!

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The model trains were awesome! So much intricate detail!

 

VERY detailed train setup. These old guys have LOTS of time on their hands!
VERY detailed train setup. These old guys have LOTS of time on their hands!

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Control central!
Control central!

sophienburg museum of new braunfels

The Sophienburg Museum, a museum of the original settlers from Braunfels, Germany of New Braunfels in Texas
The Sophienburg Museum, a museum of the original settlers from Braunfels, Germany of New Braunfels in Texas
Well done museum
Well done museum
Model of the first RV!
Model of the first RV!
The first Prius!
The first Prius!
Guns of the era
Guns of the era
And more!
And more guns!
The all important saloon (they were German after all!)
The all important saloon (they were German after all!)
And drugs of course.
And drugs of course.
New Braunfels currency.
New Braunfels currency.
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Sample of the home furnishings and personal effects from the time.
Traveling essentials (2 bottles of booze!)
Traveling essentials (2 bottles of booze!)
Progression of Rving I think.
Progression of Rving I think.

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pedernales falls in johnson city near austin

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Lush path up to the parking lot.
Lush path up to the parking lot.

 

 

Blue Bonnets
Blue Bonnets
The River below the Pedernales Falls. Notice the light green? That's how high the river was a few moths ago during the flooding!
The River below the Pedernales Falls. Notice the light green? That’s how high the river was a few months ago during the flooding!
Very lush after the flood!
Very lush after the flood!
Walkway down to the river.
Walkway down to the river.
Rock art
Rock art
That tree was completely submerged!
That tree was completely submerged!
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Jules
Spring breaker's enjoying the water.
Spring breaker’s enjoying the water.

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More of New Braunfels Area of Texas

san antonio botanical gardens

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We made a day of visiting this beautiful garden.

Floral succulents (not cabbages:-) )
Floral succulents (not cabbages:-) )

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Serene lily pond
Serene lily pond

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Rain Forest Mural
Rain Forest Mural

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From behind the waterfall.
From behind the waterfall.

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Children's vegetable gardens.
Children’s vegetable gardens.

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Turtlefest! Count 'em, 17!
Turtlefest! Count ’em, 17!
More turtles!
More turtles!
Original building from the 1800's
Original building from the 1800’s
Aqueducts similar to what the Spaniards built.
Aqueducts similar to what the Spaniards built in the day.
Palatial grounds
Palatial grounds
Interesting wood bench
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
Dana, Kelly & Mac
Mac loves water (unlike Zoe!)
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.

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Beautiful walking/biking path along the river

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City "art"
City “art”
Yet another turtle!
Yet another turtle!
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What you look’n at?

 

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Hmmm, that engineer's hair matches the train!
Hmmm, that engineer’s hair matches the train!
Kelly & Mac
Kelly & Mac

fredericksburg and the national museum of the pacific war (wwii)

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These plaques represent thousands of fallen men and women from the Pacific theater of WWII.

These plaques represent thousands of fallen men and women from WWII.

Prop from an Essex class carrier.
Screw from an Essex class carrier.

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I loved the subdued lighting they used on these displays.
I loved the subdued lighting they used on these displays.
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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.

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Japanese garden donated by the Japanese to this museum.

Great German food for lunch.
Great German food for lunch at Auslander, which in German means “Traveler” or “Tourist”!
THAT's where they buried Granny!
THAT must be where they buried Granny, she always had a green thumb!
Are those John Deere seats!
Are those John Deere seats!
Cool benches in Fredericksburg downtown
Cool benches in Fredericksburg downtown area
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FAT ASS RANCH & WINERY- A cool winery on our way home. Unfortunately they had just closed for the day

FAT ASS RANCH & WINERY (unfortunately they had just closed for the day!

Cool bench!
Cool bench!
Old Fordson (I think) tractor at the winery
Old Fordson (I think) tractor at the winery

GUADaLUPE river state park in spring branch, texas

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Notice the flotsam left in the trees after the flood a few months ago!
Notice the flotsam left in the trees after the flood a few months ago! And yes, the water did get that high! WOW!

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The "rapids" (Notice more flotsam)
The “rapids” (Notice more flotsam above in the trees)
Well rooted trees!
Well rooted trees!
More root patterns but it sure looks like a squirrel or something lurking behind!
More root patterns but it sure looks like a squirrel or something lurking behind!
interesting root patterns!
interesting root patterns!
The path
The path
ANOTHER TURTLE! And I haven't seen Turtle Soup anywhere!
ANOTHER TURTLE! And I haven’t seen Turtle Soup anywhere on a menu!
Stairs from the river to the picnic areas
Stairs from the river to the picnic areas
That Cyprus tree has more wrinkles than me!
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
(left to right) Mark, Penny (Denny Hammond’s 96 year young sister!), Jan, Jules, Liz and Brandt

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Penny with Jan
Penny with Jan
Nice ambiance!
Nice ambiance!
Serving up!
Serving up!
HUGE hunk o'meat!
HUGE hunk o’meat! YUM!!
"THE PIT"
“THE PIT”

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Huge grounds for picnicking. there's even a dog park too!
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
We met up with Liz for a picnic lunch and sightseeing at McKinney Falls State Park

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Now that's the way to RELAX!
Now that’s the way to RELAX!

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The infamous Bluebonnets are beginning to bloom!
The infamous Bluebonnets are beginning to bloom!

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Beautiful butterfly!
Beautiful butterfly!
Bluebonnets galore!
Bluebonnets galore!

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Bluebonnets
Bluebonnets and more Bluebonnets!

meanwhile, back at the campground….

Our back window view
Our back window view
Empty campground (temporarily until Spring Break at least)
Empty campground (temporarily until Spring Break at least)
Zook, our neighborhood watch dog!
Zook, our neighborhood watchdog!
Resident herd of deer. They really like the deer corn I put out every evening!
Representatives from the resident herd of deer. They really like the deer corn
I put out every evening!
The comphosts say there's a herd of about 30 that live in this valley.
The camphosts say there’s a herd of about 30 that live in this valley.

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Our Month in New Braunfels Texas

SUMMIT RESORT & RV PARK

Our campsite at Summit Resort
Our campsite at Summit Resort
Our new back yard
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
Jan at The Republic of Texas BBQ Restaurant on the river walk
Brandt 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.
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.
Art along the river.

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View from our riverboat tour.
View from our riverboat tour.

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Keeping the peace!
Keeping the peace!

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Great river tour, lots of interesting sights and the history was interesting as well.

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My new Leprechaun friend!
My new Leprechaun friend!
The Alamo
The Alamo
Guarding the tree?
Guarding the tree?
SMILE!
SMILE!

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San Antonio River Walk
San Antonio River Walk
Another colorful Mural Ad
Another colorful Mural Ad
Mural along the freeway in San Antonio
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!
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!
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!
My new friend Missy!
More four legged patrons!
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!
Great turn of the century architecture too!
New Braunfels Train Museum.
New Braunfels Train Museum.

Fabulous murals all over the town of New Braunfels.

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Even the local establishments get into doing them!
Even the local establishments get into doing them!
New Braunfels legendary murals all over town
New Braunfels legendary murals all over town
The murals even had a recipe for Venison sausage!
The murals even had a recipe for Venison sausage!

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This one done in tiles.
This one done in tiles.

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DAY TRIP TO GRUENE (pronounced “green”)

Gruene Dance Hall (pronounced "green" we're told!)
Gruene Dance Hall (pronounced “green” we’re told!)
Inside the dance hall
Inside the dance hall
Stage in the dance hall
Stage in the dance hall
license plate on the floor of the dance hall. A long lost relative?!?
license plate on the floor of the dance hall. A long lost relative?!?
Saloon in the dance hall.
Saloon in the dance hall.

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The Gruene Dance Hall was the community gathering place over the years. Very cool!

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The tipsy gypsy!
The tipsy gypsy!

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non-working water tower above the visitor's center.
non-working water tower above the visitor’s center.

Some of the funky local shops and architecture.

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The Gristmill Restaurant
The Gristmill Restaurant

The Gristmill Restaurant where we enjoyed lunch.

My little buddy!
My little buddy!

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Spring flowers are beginning to show.
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!?!
The sign by the road said”WINE AND VIEWS”, what did you expect us to do!?!
Brandt, Haley, Jan and Melissa Our new friends!
Brandt, Haley, Jan and Melissa
Our new friends!

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The view goes on forever!
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!
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.
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.
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
View from the restaurant
View from the restaurant

inks state park

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Las Cruces, New Mexico

white sands missle range museum

V-2 rocket. Built in 1950. Restored in later years and put in it's own building for preservation.
V-2 rocket. Built in 1950. Restored in later years and put in it’s own building for preservation.
Some kind of helicopter drone built for the Army.
Some kind of helicopter drone built for the Army.
Multitude of missiles and armament. Your tax dollars at work!
Multitude of missiles and armament. Your tax dollars at work!
I believe this is a shell of " Big Bertha", the first A-bomb but nothing had descriptions yet (note the empty frame in front)
I believe this is a shell of ” Big Bertha”, the first A-bomb but nothing had descriptions yet (note the empty frame in front)
Patriot missile launcher
Patriot missile launcher

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Funny, but true!
Funny, but true!
Drone helicopter
Drone helicopter
Explanation of the "spaghetti" board!
Explanation of the “spaghetti” board!
Spaghetti" jumpers!
Spaghetti” jumpers!
Trackings terminals circa 1940's-50's
Trackings terminals circa 1940’s-50’s
Never knew they used dogs for recovering missile pieces, but it makes sense.
Never knew they used dogs for recovering missile pieces, but it makes sense.
Snow capped mountains and it's 75 degrees :-)
Snow capped mountains and it’s 75 degrees 🙂

We went to Las Cruces to see this significant display, very interesting even though it seems they are a “work in progress”! Many of the displays had a frame for an informational placard but the placard was not in place yet.

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Brantley Lake State Park Campground

DSC_6848 DSC_6830 DSC_6828 DSC_6827 DSC_6826 DSC_6824While 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

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RosWELl, new mexico UFO Museum and RESEARCH library

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