Veteran’s Memorial State Park

After our lightning scare, we continue on to the ski resort town of Angel Fire.  Beautiful high mountain area where you can see the ski run from most places in this little village.

 

From there it’s onto Hwy 64 and we stop at the this heart wrenching memorial

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While The Chiweenie Brothers wait in the van, I stroll the grounds. Vietnam was an unpoplar war and our boys, who put their lives on the line, were not treated well when they returned home. . .  Those that were blessed with their lives and returned home.

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Hugs, Shawna

Lordsburg, NM

VETERANS PARK
October 24, 2017. I am a bit weary of fighting constant wind while driving, and I am sure the other vehicles on the highway are tired of me creeping along. I decide to stay a few days at the Veterans Park in Lordsburg, NM. It has no amenities other than covered picnic tables, a BBQ , and large garbage bins. There are some water spigots for watering the trees, and I utilize it, but boil it good before using as there are no signs saying it’s potable. I would think they would post that it is not potable, but I don’t want to take a chance.
It’s lovely that they honor the brave men and women who have served our country.
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The area could use some cleanup, but I am grateful for a chance to park for a few days and catch up on the blog, do some reading, and to do a little reorganizing inside the van. Reorganizing is an ongoing process!
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October 25th.  The wind continues to blow and has my sinuses clogged keeping me inside again other than the necessary walks the boys need. Internet is good and we will stay another day before continuing our westward progress.

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HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE UP A PART OF THEIR LIVES TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. As Billy Cyrus said about servicemen: ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL. Thank you for your service!

I am starting a new feature on the blog and please let me know if it is helpful or not. It will be a compilation of the different things offered at campsites we use.

2Dogs thank you for your loyal readership.

CAMP AMENITIES
Water: Yes                         Garbage: Yes
Bathrooms:  No                Electricity: No
Tables: Yes, shaded        Shower:  No
Fire Pit: No                        BBQ: Yes

Fee: Free
# of Sites:  About 15 with the above, and also areas to park that don’t have the tables or BBQs.

Please be courteous and respectful of your neighbors when camping. Pick up your trash and clean up after your dogs.  Dogs, as in all group areas anywhere, need to be leashed/restrained at all times. Leave your site better than you found it.  Purchase a few things in town. This is especially important when your site is free.

 

Deming, NM, Rock Hound S.P.

October 23, 2017. After a night in Walmart’s parking lot in Las Cruces, we head out. Hopping on I-10 we head west. I have no particular spot in mind for tonight’s stop, but once I see the sign for Rock Hound State Park, I know this is where we’ll stay. We take the Deming, NM exit and follow the signs.
Rock Hound is situated in the Little Florida Mountain range. It’s not the biggest park, but it’s one of the cleanest we have been in. The bathroom/showers are immaculate. The spiders are still big and this one comes ambling through our site as I begin unpacking the items needed to make our one-night stay comfortable: Solar panel set up and the one-burner propane burner for cooking dinner and making morning coffee. My camp chair with fold down side table. We’re set!
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I encourage him to leave without violence and so long as he stays away and doesn’t talk any of his friends into coming around we will stay at peace with each other.
This large, rugged mountain at the back of the park prevents the internet signal from reaching us and there are towers just on the other side of the mountain. I can see the tops of them, but no ATT signal gets through.

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The hillside is covered with paddle cactus. It must be a gorgeous site in the spring when they bloom!
The only drawback here is the one vault toilet shared between the non-electric and the day use area, and it’s located in the day use area. If you are in one of the six non-electric sites as we are you have to go down and around a gully to get to it. Not good if you have an emergency! LOL. The bigger bathroom with flush toilets and the showers are located in the electric sites. The water spigot is there also.
There is a short hiking trail with a manageable incline that takes you to a view point that overlooks the valley below and the Big Florida Mountains in the distance.

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And as the park name implies, there are various gemstones that can be found here if you are so inclined to search.
On Tuesday morning after a fabulous shower in the cleanest park bathroom/shower area I have ever been in we head out. Guess which direction? Ha!
Thanks for stopping by 2Dogs! Hugs, Shawna

White Sands, NM

October 22, 2017. We leave Roswell taking Hwy 70 south with the intention of making a stopover in Hondo. It didn’t happen as I couldn’t find the little park mentioned in freecamping.net. Being fresh from our three day stay in Roswell/Bottomless Lakes it’s no problem to keep heading west.

We begin to climb and drive through part of the Lincoln National Forest and the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation.  It’s a beautiful day and a beautiful drive.

Little do I know we will end up in Las Cruces, 150 miles from Roswell as we can’t find Lake Holloman either, the next camp I am looking.  When the clerk at Dollar General looked at me with that blank stare that signals, loud and clear, “I have no idea what you’re talking about lady,” we press on.

White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo in the Tularosa Basin of the Chihuahuan Desert is on our itinerary and it doesn’t disappoint. The dunes are made up of gypsum left when the ancient Permian Sea retreated. Mountains rose and carried the gypsum high, and later water from melting glaciers dissolved the mineral and returned it to the basin. Rain and snow continue this process.

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The wind and sun separate the water from the gypsum and form selenite crystals. Wind and water break down the crystals making them smaller and smaller until they become sand. The ever present strong southwest winds keep the gypsum sand moving, piling it up and pushing dunes into various sizes and shapes.

Thanks for stopping by 2Dogs! Hugs, Shawna

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Fries gives the Chiweenie Stamp of Approval for this stop on the road to Q!