Roswell….. The Truth is Out There….

untitled-3932Couldn’t resist the title.  Sean is a huge X-Files fan AND has wanted to see Roswell since he was a kid.  It worked out great, not only were we passing nearby BUT one of Sherry’s good Theater friends, Chris, lived nearby so we could visit.  Before going to Roswell, Sherry had researched places to stay and we decided on a State Park called Bottomless Lakes.  The park has a series of very deep sinkholes (not quite bottomless) and full hook-ups, an added benefit.  We must have hit at a very bad time of the year.  The park was nice, well off the beaten path.  The nearest store was a good 30 minute drive.  The night skies were absolutely amazing.  On clear nights it seemed like you could see every star in the sky.

So why a bad time of the year?  Well, nights were cool but as the day warmed up we dealt with swarms of gnats, flies and then hornets.  Literally swarms of mud dauber hornets.  The first day we had several burrow their way into the RV between the slide out seals.

We ran out to the nearest Wal-Mart and purchased a can of wasp spray.  There were only two on the shelf… We should have known.  When we returned to the RV we had a nest going up on the roof.  We sprayed and they just kept coming.  Sherry noticed they were crawling in the hollow portions of our seals so Sean sprayed into and up those areas.  Dozens dropped out.  The Hornet Wars had begun.  Over the next three days we battled (had to find more Wasp spray at a local feed store) and held the bugs at bay. 🙂

Roswell was interesting.  Not as Alien driven as Sean had hoped but the mothership would have to be on display in the Walmart parking lot to please him on that. 🙂

Sean and Family? Friends?

Sean and Family? Friends?

We did tour the UFO Museum and Research Center and walked downtown.  Very interesting stuff.

We also visited the local Winery – Pecos Flavors Winery.

Vance, Chris, Sherry and Sean at Pecos Flavors.

Vance, Chris, Sherry and Sean at Pecos Flavors.

We really enjoyed the wines and conversation.  In fact, we bought a few bottles of the Alien Cabernet.  🙂

Between the weather and evil bugs (maybe they were really aliens???) We didn’t do much hiking or exploring beyond what we just mentioned.  That did mean we had time to plan out our next several stops and we decided to do a detour to Alamogordo, NM.  That was a blast but we will save the details for our next post. 🙂

On a side note.  We are running a contest on our Facebook page for a free 16X20 print of one of our photographs.  All you need to do is ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ the post about the contest to enter to win.  We know none of us full timers have wall space for pictures but if you are interested, or know someone who might be interested direct them to our Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/loveyphoto/?ref=bookmarks

 

 

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Cooking on the Road – Gnocchi Video 10

Hi All,

Here is our Wednesday video.  Sherry is making Gnocchi/Chicken Soup.  It was delicious and great on the trail.  We actually brought some along when hiking the Grand Canyon and heated it up in the JetBoil.  Yummy!

On a side note.  We are running a contest on our Facebook page for a free 16X20 print of one of our photographs.  All you need to do is ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ the post about the contest to enter to win.  We know none of us full timers have wall space but if you are interested, or know someone who might be interested direct them to our Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/loveyphoto/?ref=bookmarks

 

Furbabies on the Road

We’ve talked a lot about our fur babies Maggie and Bates.  They have been such amazing travel companions we decided our Sunday video would be a tribute to them.  Maggie and Bates have been with us over the last 6 months and have shared almost every moment of our travels.  They seem to be having as much fun on the road as we are…

Glacier NTL Park Montage Video

Hello,

Below is our Wednesday video.  Just a short montage video of a few hikes we did in the park this summer.

On another note.  We are so grateful for the kingpin stabilizer as well as our slide out stabilizers! We are currently staying just outside Amarillo and have extended our stay a day to let the wind advisories lapse later this evening.   This morning it is blowing at a steady 30 MPH or greater with gusts over 50 MPH expected… Happening now.  Even with the extra support, our rig is shaking in the 50 MPH wind gusts.  Looks like everyone else at this site has decided to stick it out another day too.  Travel safe!

Meteor Crater and Albuquerque

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Sean is the ultimate science nerd.

Leaving Williams AZ we took a short drive down the highway to a site just outside of Winslow.  What is in Winslow?  Well, the best preserved impact crater on the planet, Meteor Crater!!!!  OK, this is very exciting if you love science… In fact, it was pretty exciting regardless once we got there and could see the sheer magnitude of the site.  Sean has wanted to see the site since he learned about it as a child, back in the 60’s… or was it the 70’s?  🙂

OK, we were just under the speed limit. :)

OK, we were just under the speed limit. 🙂

We were only staying the night, so immediately after setting up in the RV park, which was only a few miles from the site, we drove to see the crater.  It was a short drive through scrub desert, nothing to see for miles but a few mountain ranges in the distance.    As we approached the impact site, the terrain, which had been relatively flat, rose up to form a steep ridge.  The museum and visitor center were built about halfway up the rise.  Like so much of what we have seen the last few months, the sheer magnitude of what can be found in nature doesn’t become apparent until given a perspective.  For us, driving up to the visitor center we were struck by how massive the huge ridge rising before us truly was… It was amazing to contemplate that huge wall was thrown up when a rock hit the earth….  True, a big metallic rock traveling at about 40,000 MPH, but still, a rock.low res-3763

We took some time exploring the museum and visitor center and watched the short but informative movie that shows every 30 minutes.  We should mention that the site is privately run and there is an admission fee to enter the visitor center.  low res-3726After watching the movie, we walked out to see the crater.  It was a fairly steep climb to get to the top observation deck but well worth it.  We snapped several photos and soaked in the view.

Our next ‘Ahhhh’ moment came when we were on the mid observation deck and used the telescopes set up to show various sites on the floor and walls of the crater.  One sign said there was a mine entrance on the opposite wall, we couldn’t pick it out until we looked through the telescope or our zoom lens on the camera.  Another telescope was aimed at a 6 foot silhouette of an astronaut standing near an American flag at the center of the crater.  Again, almost too small to see with the unaided eye.  We soaked in the views before returning to our RV and capturing some amazing desert sunset photos.

Leaving Winslow, we continued our journey, the next stop being Albuquerque, NM.  We had hoped to stay for several days, but had to adjust plans on the fly.  Sean had been in ABQ several years before for a conference.  He loved the city and in his spare time explored places, but wanted to spend more time viewing the petroglyphs and a few other sites.  Since our plans changed, we only had a day and decided to go to the ABQ Botanical Gardens.  Sherry had read about it and we thought it would make an interesting stop.  We spent a day wandering the gardens and the adjacent aquarium.  The gardens had a number of surprises for us.

Sean loved the train garden and stood for a while watching the various ‘garden’ trains meander along the tracks laid out through the plants.  These ‘garden’ model trains were specially designed to be used outdoors as accent pieces for a formal garden.  The history of the trains and that type of gardening was fascinating reading.  Sean swears if we settle down again he will do a train garden. 🙂  Sherry was fascinated with the Homestead farm on the grounds and became engaged in a conversation with several chickens…

Seriously, Sean pretended he didn’t know her…..

Here are a few samples from that visit.  Sean really enjoyed the waterfall shots and playing with camera settings to smooth out the falls or capture each drop.  These images have been heavily edited to enhance that effect.

We enjoyed the stop and decided a return to ABQ would be in order.  Our next stops were Roswell and Alamogordo.  More on those in the next post. 🙂

If you are interested in our thoughts about the RV parks where we’ve stayed, we have a separate page for reviews on the blog at this link: RV Parks Thoughts and Observations

You can also access the reviews on the main page of the blog through a link on the right hand side of the page.

Safe Travels!!

Baking Oatmeal Muffins – A Video

We made this video a few weeks ago while staying in Williams, AZ.  The weather had been getting chilly and it was the perfect time for baking.  Plus, we were planning a hike at the Grand Canyon and Sean’s Oatmeal/Craisin Muffins would be perfect as a hikers snack.

We have been all over New Mexico the last few weeks and will do a text blog in a few days.  🙂  As always, we appreciate your comments.

Enjoy the video.  If you want the recipe, just send us a message.

Valley of Fire and Jet Boil Videos

Hell Friends,

Here is Wednesdays video.  We did a short video while hiking through a canyon in the Valley of Fire.  This state park is gorgeous and well worth a day if you can spare it.  Numerous short hikes head off into a variety of rock formations.  This was one of our favorites, second only to the petroglyph hike. 🙂

This second video has been posted a while but we never did a blog about it.  If you are a hiker/camper you should definitely check out the JetBoil.

Safe Travels