Wednesday, September 30, 2015
I woke up still not feeling too good so Larry decided maybe we should go lower in elevation until I was feeling better. I’ve been sleeping well but I get these coughing attacks, I hope I start feeling better soon. Larry’s not 100 percent yet either. We left Montoso Campground and went to Rio Bravo Campground, which is part of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. While driving I slept until we got close to Taos, where we stopped and did a little grocery shopping. Afterwards we continued down the road 35 miles to Rio Bravo. We have stayed at Rio Bravo before and Larry thought maybe we should get power. It has four campsites with power so when we got there we were in luck we found one We setup the Minnie for the night and then we walked down to pay for the night, Rio Bravo is a very pretty campground that has the Rio Grande River running along the back of it. Larry walked Flo by the river to see if there was a place for her to go swimming. He said she could get to the river but it was a mud pit. I slept most of the afternoon and only crawled out of bed to eat. I’m getting better little by little every day. We had a very relaxing day, Larry read, Flo slept and I slept and did some dot-to-dots.
Where the Red River joins with the Rio Grande River
The La Junta Trail
One of the vistas of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Camping at Montoso Campground
Beautiful scenery of the mountains with all the fall colors
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Funny Hats Dance
Wearing the pizza hat
Hunter Keller and Jerry Galbraith
Texas Reds Steakhouse and The Lodge
The Community House where we danced the last three days
A cool door we saw on a real estate company
Round Dancing to Sally cueing
Some of the beautiful outfits the dressers wore
Sally Nolen cueing
Saturday, September 26, 2015
I had a fantastic birthday. I started out the day not feeling very well but by noon my allergies were much better. Sharon and Mike came by about 10 and asked if we wanted to go to the Folk Festival. Larry thanked them but told them I wasn’t feeling to grand so I was sleeping in. While they were talking I got up to say hi. After Sharon and Mike left we took Flo for a walk around the park. Red River RV Park has a river that flows on the backside of the park. We walked over the bridge that went over the river and walked through a small neighborhood. As we were walking we met a lab named Daisy, she was seven years old and was white like Flo. Her master was very excited to see Flo. She said now I’ll know what Daisy will look like when she gets old. One thing about having a white dog you really can’t tell how old she really is.
Larry used my Facebook account to tell everyone it was my birthday and lot’s of my friends and family wrote to tell me Happy Birthday. Very nice of them!!!
The Red River RV Park Office
The rive that runs behind the park
The Plus Workshop
Sharon and Mike
Bob Nolan cueing the round dancers
Bill and Mary Kaye round dancing
Round Dancing to Bob
In the evening we went back to the hall and danced for a couple of hours. There were enough people for six squares and a lot of round dancers. Most of the dancers dressed up for the dance. The dance was a lot of fun. After the dance we all went out and had ice cream. This was nice because it gave us some time to visit with other folks and get to know them. We had a fantastic day.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Hunter Keller and Jerry Gilbreath
Early this morning (6:00 a.m.) we got a knock on our door. Larry crawled out of bed to check it out. It was security from Buffalo Thunder Casino, he told us that there was some RV parking in the north parking lot for overnight. They let us stay the night last night but if we were going to stay we would have to move. He didn’t stress that we had to do it right away. Larry told him that we were going to leave in a little while. We left about 8:00 and drove around to the parking lot where the security guard told us about. We hadn’t seen any signs last night and even this morning it was hard to find the sign. It was in the back of the lot that had another sign that said no overnight parking that’s why we didn’t see it. So next time we’ll know.
Plus dancing to Hunter and Jerry calling
Sharon and Mike in the black doing the Advance tip
After having lunch Larry and I met up with Sharon and Mike and they drove us to the square dance. For the next three days while we’re in Red River there will be a Plus workshop for an hour and a half and an hour workshop for Advance dancers every afternoon. In the evening there will be a dance with rounds in between each tip. This afternoon we didn’t have a workshop instead we had a dance. Hunter Keller and Jerry Galbraith decided since there were only enough people for a square for Advance they would have the Plus dance for two hours and a half hour for Advance with a tip at the end of the dance tonight. This was the first time we ever danced to Hunter and Jerry so we had a great time. There were enough people for five squares. Everyone was dressed casually. After the dance we all went home and took a nap.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Sandia Peak Tramway in AlbuquerqueWe woke up this morning and it was raining. Larry had another really rough night and I convinced him to head back home. When we got to Clines Corner we stopped for lunch. Larry said he was feeling a little better and he really did not want to go home so after lunch we headed towards Albuquerque. When we got to Albuquerque we stopped at Sandia Peak Tramway. Sandia Peak is where people in the area go snow skiing when they get enough snow. We didn’t ride the tram but we watched it go up to the top of the peak. While there we walked through the New Mexico Ski Museum. It was a very small museum with exhibits about the history of snow skiing in New Mexico. Next we stopped at the Bien Mur Indian Market Center, a beautiful building with a lot of Indian jewelry, pottery, paintings, dolls and other crafts for sale. We didn’t buy anything but it was still nice to walk around and window shop. We were actually going to do these things last spring but we ended up leaving Albuquerque a bit earlier than planned, had to go home and take Louise car shopping.
The tram leaving the depot
The tram going up to the top of Sandia Peak
One of the exhibits at the museum
Ben Mur Indian Market Center
After we finished shopping we went to Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino where I gambled for two and a half hours and won a dollar. It was a long day with a lot of driving but we had fun. I’m glad Larry is feeling better. Life Is Good!!!!!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
La Clinica in Tierra Amarilla
About a week ago Larry said his throat was scratchy, the next day it was a bit worse and every day since things have deteriorated. We had been camped up high in the mountains next to a stream and we decided that might not be helping. We moved south to New Mexico where we were at a lower elevation and had more sun, didn’t help, still got worse. Larry spent most of the last two days sleeping and self medicating trying to get better, finally this morning he gave up and decided to seek professional help. Did I mention when we camp we are normally way out in the sticks somewhere, yep, you guessed it, 20 miles to the nearest intersection and nothing once you get there. Ever heard of Tierra Amarilla, NM? Neither has anyone else who doesn’t live there. Found a clinic called La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba, it appears their main clientele are the local Hispanics but Larry said they certainly didn’t mind treating old, fat, bearded, white men. All clinics should be so wonderful; they even had electronic medical files, each nurse and doctor carried around a laptop. Larry looked bad and sounded terrible, the Nurse Practitioner checked him over, decided he had Acute Sinusitis (for our nurse friends). Said she was going to prescribe a couple of things, told him what they cost and said the pharmacist would bring them to the front. She also cleaned out one of his ears. Get this $80 for the visit plus about $16 for the drugs, in and out in about an hour, we were thrilled. Don’t know if it will cure him or not but he seemed to enjoy the clinic.
Heron Lake Visitor Center
Camping at Heron Lake State Park
The scenery that surrounds the park
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Camping at El Vado Lake State Park
The parks playscape
Flo enjoying the campsite
El Vado Lake Campground
Sunday, September 20, 2015
New Mexico Welcome Sign
One of the hot air balloons in a parking lot at Pagosa Springs
El Vado Lake
A father and son fishing from the banks
A family boating on El Vado Lake
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Hiking at Vallecito
Larry hiking the trail
One of the vistas we saw during our hike
The mountain stream that ran along the trail
Hiking the trail
We have some old bread so I threw a couple pieces out for the birds to eat. I didn’t see any birds eat any of it but I did catch a chipmunk and I told Larry. We were surprised that the chipmunk really enjoyed the bread. In fact he enjoyed it so much he came back for more. When it was time for dinner Larry barbecued some seasoned chicken quarters and Flo and I kept him company. After dinner Larry and I went for a walk. We walked to the trail parking lot and took the trail around the campground. When we got back we took Flo for a walk. While walking Flo we talked to the camp hosts who just happen to be square dancers from Texas and dance at some of the same places we have. We had a super day at Vallecito Campground. Life Is Good!!!!!