2019 March – Week 1

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something went wrong and comments at bottom sorry.Last Texas Sunset. Ft. Stockton

 

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Sign at entrance to White Sands
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White sands Nature hike
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close up of tht ripples from the wind

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The transition part of the park. Start of the nature trail
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Hiking to the hill – less of a slope down the way
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just a great look
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unpaved road – Gypsum packed
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The parking lot
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My turn
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waiting for me to make it down
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Linda’s turn
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Plenty of White sand
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Texas brewed
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View from the campsite
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Nice herd of pronghorns
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Pronghorn with a zoom in
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At the program
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The big achiever

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The mall train
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Wanted to ride by himself

 

 

 

 

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Backside of Extended Stay

Back in the Springs. The first week we traveled from Texas to Colorado. After Ft Stockton we traveled back to Alamogordo to go to the White Sands National Monument. It was for sledding and hiking.

An overnight in Las Vegas and then a windy trip home to Falcon Meadow RV park on a Thursday. On Friday we attended Zach’s reading program where he was  the top reader of the first grade.

Saturday We had the kids for the day and spent time at the mall for indoor golfing, shopping and a train ride.

Then on Monday we took the rig to the shop for maintenance then checked into the hotel.

2019 February – Weeks 2, 3 and 4

Week 2 was very active. Started by going to the LBJ ranch or better known as his western White House. Traveld to San Antonio for Hop on Hop off bus trip, Riverwalk cruise and then walking to the spots we wanted to go to.

Week 3 we had some rainy weather and took some drives in the Texas Hill Country.Week 4 was short and sweet. We planned our return to Colorado Springs route and timing. We also took time to plan our trip to Great Falls in mid May.

I should footnote and say we will be back in the Springs March 7th or 8th, Depending on the weather. May have high winds that are in the forcast. Our next adventure will start May 15th. Time to spend with the Grandkids oh yea, and their parents. It will be good to be back for a short while.

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As noted prople live here as they did in the early 1900’s. One of the 10 children from the original family delivered LBJ.

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The first VP to have a government issued plane. As president he refered to this as Air Force 1/2. Took him from Austin or Dallas to the ranch.

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This was closed  to tours ar there are many needed structural repairs to make it safe. But the history and additions were of interest.

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The school house he went to down the road from the ranch as a 4 year old. When it was time to attend school his Mom moved to town. This is where Title I and II were signed. The table is still there with a document.

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Finally a picture of the Nimitz Hotel that houses the Nimitz part of the museum.
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We enjoy the hop on hop off buses. This one we took full circle. This is the oldest VFW in Texas. Post 76 along the San Antonio River.
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The Buckhorn Saloon houses one of the two Texas Ranger Museums. Did not make it there.
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The Market Place or Mercado. All Mexican and Central/South American imports.
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A super large indoor mall close to the Alamo. This is where we caught our riverwalk cruise.

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This is a precast type of construction for the worlds fair. The first contractor fell way behind and Baron Hilton found a contractor to build the rooms complete with beds and curtain. It was  completed on time.
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Outdoor Ampitheater
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Castiron  steel members make up this bridge
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I call this resturant row
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The place we had lunch last week
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Said to hold their remains. Major Travis, Crockett and Bowie. Located in the Cathederal
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Walked back to take a lookand have some lunch.
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From the Tower of the Americas.
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The shopping or department store they built around the Church.
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It was Walgreen before it was Walgreens. Third one built in Texas.
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Nice truck for the volunteer department.
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We went to the county museum which houses original buildings on site as well as others moved onto the 6 acres. German immigrants founded this area. Landing in the gulf and moving north. It was bilingual until WWII and then it was dropped.
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One of the original kitchens
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Traveld to the Texas Ranger Event Center. Had a little history lesson from the docent and learned  that the future plan is to move the Waco and San Antonio museums to this one location.
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Next to the Ranger Event center. This is the fort that helped Fredricksburg grow into a thriving community.
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Finally took a picture of their welcome sign.
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State Park. We were going to take the easy 4 mile loop but the park has closed part of this trail. The detour took us up a rocky grade and then back down. Turkey Pass Trail.
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We did not have to cross the high point but between to high points

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Solid rock trail in this stretch
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Back at the campground someone pointed out the catus in the tree.
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Another try on the southern portion of the Kerrville riverwalk. It was open and we got 5 miles in. River is taking a detour

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so it becomes a dry river bed but ready for a flood
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Last picture taken on our February stay. Mosaic tile fish at the entrance to the park.

2019 February – Week 1

In the first full week of February, we took out first trip to San Antonio. Visited the Alamo and took public transportation to tour 3 of the 4 Spanish missions. While California missions were no enclosed these were. The Apaches and others were hostile to the intruders. The final stop was dinner on the riverwalk

Kerrville has a riverwalk that is a concrete trail through a park. Wedid the south side which was close part of the way down. Afterwards, there was a Farmers Market in which we purchases fresh eggs, grass fed beef and fresh baked bread.

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Kerrville Riverwalk

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Herd of deer next to the campground.
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Nice little surprise in Ingram in an artist area.

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The Alamo. Nice history about Texas. Half of the problem was Mexico did not want anymore immigrants in this area of their country.
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Tree at the well site is over 400 years old
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From the 1968 World’s Fair is the tower. Top of it view will be on our second trip.

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These were the Indian quarters with the back wall part of the enclosure.
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These Missions still have active parishioners

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Dinner along the Riverwalk. Street level.

2019 January – Week 4 & 5

This is real delay. Knew we had bad connections in the “Hill Country of Texas”. Guess this never posted.

Leaving Carlsbad heading for Fort Stockton found us traveling US285. Windy and dusty in parts. They say this is one of the deadliest stretches of roads in Texas. There were lost of truck traffic as well as narrowing of roads through large portions of road construction. In Texas it is 55 – 60 miles an hour through these areas.

Safely in Fort Stockton for a few days to break up the drive to Ingram. Turns out to be a great stop for more interesting history both town and Army-Indian wars. Also the historic part had a wine tasting room.

It was important in the Indian wars against the comanches for wagons and travelers moving westward. It was active from 1867-1886 and manned bythe 9th Calvary, which was one of the 4 divisions (?) of Buffalo soldiers. Nice restored and reconstructed buildings.

Later in the day was a trip to the Annie Riggs Memorial Museum. It is housed in the Hotel she  ran and each guess room displayed exhibits. Interesting history for the town and her ties into the Arizona Territorial Prison and Billy the Kidd.

The Gray Mule is the original bar across the street from the hotel. It is now a wine tasting room.

The 28th of January (5th week) we were on our way to Ingram, Texas for a 30 day stay. Kerrville is the big, small town next to it. We did travel to Fredricksburg to visit the Pacific War Museum. Spent two days and about 6 hours total. Happy Birthday to me.

This concluded January.

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Two reconstructed barracks. Smaller buildings are the mess halls for each barracks

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Te back end of a chuckwagon.
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The Anne Riggs Hotel / Museum
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The courtyard were the room entrances were. Each room heldthe artifacts.
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Ft Stockton RV park (old KOA). Painted flag
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Gray Mule Saloon now for wine tasting.
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Flavoreded Wine/Liquor. Did buy a bottle of the lemon.
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Staying warm on a cool evening
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Off to Ingram. The good part of US 285
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Limestone mountains
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Downtown Kerrville.

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His home and now a museum. We did not go here
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Schreiner’s first mansion. Given to the Masons after building new acros the street
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Johnson RV Park is home to 10 ponies. Yes Linda dod feed them some apples.

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For a great insight to the Pacific. This is a must stop. I would say plan two have days. the tickets are good for 48  hours.
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This is the Japanese sub captured in Pearl Harbor.
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Hole cut looking for survivors
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Of interest as I spent a few months here helping with the clean up after Atomic testing.

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A model of  the Mighty Mo if I remember correctly.
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Part of the museum is in the Hotel ownd b Nimitz’s granfather. It is dedicated to Admerial Nimitz, Commender of the Pacific Theater
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Dwontown Fredricksburg. More later as we toured the town
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This is the lunch stop for day one

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USS Nimitz
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Co-workers Dad had 10 missions in one of these towards the end of the war.
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Japanese float plane
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Replica of Little Boy.
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The type of plane flown by President Bush. Paul Newman was a gunner on one of them
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Guess he had a thing for Barbara.
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PT boat similar to President Kennedy’s PT109
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Powered by 3 – V12 diesels. Speed was there biggest defence.
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Theater down the road for reenactments

 

 

2019 January – Week 2 & 3

We arrived in Carlsbad on the 10th of January for a 2 week stay. the KOA is about 20 miles north of town. The Caverns are about 27 miles south of town. Not a stop to see the cavern but being it is shut down due to the DC fighting we made due in other ways. the town of Artesia was just 19 miles north so off we went to find out about the oil industry, with the Yates family, starting in the part as  well as the towns history and cattle baron Chisum and his daughter Sallie.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park was another visit we enjoyed. The wild life and plants found in the Chihuahuan Desert.

The town of Carlsbad has a nice river walk (no shops) including a fun playground and waterpark along with part of the river. There is a low dam so as to create a swimming lake (area).

The Museum of At and Culture was a hit has it’s history included the men for this area who were stationed in the Philippines at the time of the Japanese attack and were a large part of the Bataan Death March. The special part of the exhibit was the Flamenco dancing part of the culture. Another section was dedicated to the Cavern and more of the picture taking part.

We did to to Sitting Bull Falls. As part of the BLM land it was not closed off. The falls were nice and we thought weak because of the late season but the picture in the brochure was about the same. It was a short walk so we decided to hike to thetop of the falls. That rounded out the day.

We did make it up to Roswell to the Museum to read about the famous crash. Lots of  interesting material to read and really question what the Government was hiding. Aliens or secret projects? Something happened bt what is the truth.

The weather here did not cooperated as the wind blew most of the time and a couple of duststorms with chilly weather.

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These aliens where there to greet us upon check-in to the KOA
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Old fire engine at the campground. Hose bed was converted to parade truck
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Mural on side of building in Artesia
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Sallie Chisum. Write up in next photo.

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Sculptue of oil rig #3 of the Yates family. First sucessful in the area.

 

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Campsite from the dirt road running along side the park.
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we walked to the Pecos riverfrom the campsite. This is the return trip.
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great sunsets
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At the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Different typs of rocks
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Javelinas
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Only those found injured and can not be returned to the wild
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Along a pathway looking towards town
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Just another picture from the zoo
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Exhibit on bats and a little on the cavern
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the Flamenco exhibt
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more outfits
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this flume has a history which is in the next picture. Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

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A few miles of concrete ribbons along the Pecos River.
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City Water Park. Free for those over 62 but $5 for general public.
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Bridge across the river to the playground
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Leaky dam to great the lake area.

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The playground. Really makes you whish you were smaller
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heading back across
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The water park from the bridge
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Sitting Bull Falls from the viewing platform
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Halfway up. the road in and jeep below.
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From the same spot with the picnic table pavilions.
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seeing more of the falls
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From the top. Hard to see  the falls from here. No picture of it.
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Did drive to the caverns to look around. Native american cave. Large overhang.
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Near a stream and pond for water
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Enjoyed just walking the area
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Made it to Roswell
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Nothing to see here..keep moving along

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Did make it to their Zoo and Park. Needs lots of TLC. some work being done.

 

 

2019 January – week 1

We arrived in Alamogordo (fat cottonwood) to some warmer weather. While the kids in DC fight and argue, the White Sands National Monument has the gates locked.

The amp site is nice and we settled in for the week. First stop was the Three Rivers Petroglyphs Site (BLM land). We were greeted by the volunteer camp host who explained the trail and sites there and the old mission church up the road which included a stations of the cross site. The petroglyphs looked like an art class room with all the drawings. the church was open and lots of icons. The Stations of the Cross turned into a semi challenging hike. The first 5 where up hill. The next 9 were uphill in the snow from a couple of inches to about 5 at the top.

Saturday was movie and a drive around town. Lowes Supermarket had everything including a bar and grill. Sorry no pictures. which I had taken a few. Sunday brought rain showers and sent us to couple of more movies.

To get a little to detailed, Monday is usually the cleaning and kick back day and this was no exception.

Tuesday  was a day to get out and walk. We visited the nearby museum and had a history leson of the Tularosa Basin. From prehistoric to the latest on the wars in the middle east. This included displays of Navy ships names New Mexico and Alamagordo. Of course they talked about Holloman Air Base (USAF). Walk the old part of town but mainly that was vacant. Stopped for lunch before going to the city park zoo. Although small it was a pleasant experience and glad we stopped.

Looking at future travel plans US82 was not recommended by Good Sam for big rig travel so it was time for a jeep road trip to Cloudcroft. It was a fun day of driving and stopping at tourist shops. While a fun trip and glad  we did it we decided to take the recommended route 70 towards Roswell. By adding an hour to thedrive it was flatter but not without its upgrades but 4 lane road the whole way.

This second week sees us in Carlsbad.

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From the museum we learned one of the rocks (which we missed) was pointed at the saddle of the mountais and coordinated with the soltices. Hence trcking time in the seasonal sense.

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the name of the Church
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Told this mission church is always open with no one around.
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Not yet January 6th (Feast of Epiphany)
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Out of order, but a big horn sheep with three arrows in it.
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trailhead of the Stations. Station one in center  of picture.
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looking back after passing Station One
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Station 5 and the trail had no snow.
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the final cross high and to the left. Now to find a way up.
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Did pass all 14 Stations
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looking down at the road in. Church is off  to the high left area.
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to the right of this range is the Lady laying down. Needed a closer shot but did not take it.
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great museum
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Rare 47 star Flag never approved by congress as Arizona was to followa few month later
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Exterior of the museum on the way to the zoo
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Welcome sign
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Puma or mountaim lion
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US82 sign in Cloudcroft but a few in Alamogordo. Trucks over 65 feet prohibited. We are only 53 feet towing.
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Half way up looking back towards Alamogordo
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Viewing deck for the one trestle bridge.
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going to the clouds railine bridge left in place
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Downtown Cloudcroft
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Hotel being renovated
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High Altitude is a store down the way. someones Mom made it and they brought it to Dave’s Cafe. Of course Linda ordered it. She like it for a one time treat.
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gift shop loaded with everything including fudge and apple pie.
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At the pistachio store but we think we fit the description.
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McGinns must be Irish.
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a whole tasting table but tried this for all the bacon lovers.

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Welcome to Carlsbad. More to come later.

 

2018 December – Week 3 & 4

Upon leaving Picacho, we headed towards Benson. With only a 90 minute drive we stopped at Karchner Caverns once again. This time so I could take the Big Room tour. This room is only open in the winter months as this is a nesting place for the bats. They move south in the winter for hibernating in warmer caves. No cameras or cell phones allowed in the caves so no pictures.

This stop allow us to get past security and onto Fort Huachuca to visit the museum. It is and still is an important outpost. From the Indian Wars to the wars in the Middle East. The testing and use of drones is the high security end of things now. The Buffalo Soldiers played a large part in the Indian Wars and through World War 2.

This time we did go out to Fort Bowie to take the hike into the fort site. It was established to secure the Apache Spring. An important water source in the area for expansion west. With the government shut down there were signs posted but only the visitor center was closed. the restrooms remained open. Having driven so far and missing Chiricahua National Monument last time due  to it being closed we decided to go for it. The gates were open but visitor center and restrooms were locked. It was a nice drive as it was not crowded. We did no hiking having done Ft. Bowie.

We did make it back to the Rancho Maria Winery for another round of their great wine. Following Google maps led us to a dead end. Should have followed the map sent to us by Mark. It was great to talk withhim again.

Being December we did get some cold rainy weather. Enjoyed looing at the snow on Mt. Lemon when is cleared.

We did go to Tombstone again. This time stopping for lunch and taking in the OK coral. It has changed from 30 years ago and is more of a stage show then the original site it once was. The movie narrated by Vincent Price was enjoyable.

We went to church Christmas Eve at Peace in the Valley Lutheran Church. Only one service and it was early. Christmas day was enjoyable while we cook ourselves a turkey tenderloin dinner for two.

Giving  the holiday travelers a chance to get somewhere after Christmas, we headed for Las Cruses on the 27th. Once there the setting up operation began. Linda working theinside and me doing my thing on the outside. Shortly after I started Linda cam around the corner of the rig. Telling me she just had a phone call. It was Marrisa asking what the was  to do in Las Cruses as they were entering town. Linda’s reply was we are in Las Cruses and you better get your butt over here. They were close because 10 minutes later we recieved our biggest surprise and Christmas gift. shannon and the kids came for a visit. Aaron stayed behind to work and take care of the homefront.

Of course the next day the cold, wet, snowy weather followed  them. We did go to the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. We did get a tram tour of the outdoor exhibits before it started to rain. Then spent time inside the museum viewing New Mexico’s history.

Saturday was spent indoors at the mall where the ladies went shopping and Zach and I hung out and took in the Spiderman movie. Afterwards was lunch/dinner (linner) at Chuckie Cheese. Sunday morning saw  us getting together for their departure home.

Linda and I ended  the year by going to Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park and walking the trails. Afterwars we headed to historic Mesilla center. this is a special place as it is the last piece of land the US purchased to make up the 48 states as we know them today.

January 1, 2019 start the new year off with a hike in the Organ Mountains in the Solodada Canyon Day Use Area. Trail was icy in spots but warm and sunny in other areas.

This was a quick week and now it was time to pack up and move on down the road.

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Fort Huachuca original parade grounds. Looking north at Dragoon Mountains
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Inside the museum. Interesting history
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it is7:17a.m. need to update.  Getting ready to head out for adventure.
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Trail map with a posting.
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Uphill before heading down and further back into the foothills
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Apache Spring. down to a trickle
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Gun powder storage
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Visitor Center with sign noting 5000 ft elevation
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fort ruins in background. Trail around the interior.
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Loop trail. 1/4 mile uphill to start. slightly rocky.
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Fort Bowie looking south – 1894
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Looking south today. Hard to see what is left.
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A little further up the trail. More like the picture.
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Chiricahua National Monument. Wind and rain against the sandstone.
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Another area
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the scenic drive in the park
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Sunset from Benson KOA
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Tombstone
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OK corral with figures as “they were standing”.
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The town to tough to die. It was named as it burned down 3 times and kept rebuilding.
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Where Wyatt ran the gaming tables. Not the owner of the saloon.
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The Crystal Palace
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First time here I picked up a cowboy hat. Second trip Linda picked up a serape.
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Getting ready for Christmas. No tree this year.
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Candy canes for the exterior. The biking frog is from the YMCA gang as a departing gift
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Peace in the Valley Lutheran Church. A small welcoming group of people.
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Light show on our home for added decorations.
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Christmas morning walk looking toward mountains near Tucson
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Christmas dinner
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Snow on Mt. Lemon
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Our visitors from Colorado Springs. Nice Surprise.

 

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Ladies shopping in the old mechantile display at the museum 
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Day two. Welcome Morris family. Some Colorado weather.
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off to the mall. waiting for the stores to open.
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Zach and I waiting for the movie to start. Inflatables to burn off some energy.
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Organ Mountains from Ihop parking lot.
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At the Mesilla State park. Rio Grande River. It is dammed up at Elephant Butte until irrigation time.
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Footprints and tire tracksIn the Rio Grande
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Sign explaings the towns role. Not noted here is te US thoought they owned it and took an 1850 census of the town although it was in Mexico.
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Building where Billy the Kid was held in jail and later escaped.
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Church at  one end of the plaza
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Happy New Year – 2019

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note snow on the north side of slopes and none on the south facing.
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Looking back at Las Cruses

 

2018 December Week 1 & 2

Leaving San Diego we traveled to Yuma. On our second night we had an overnight guess, Deb (Linda’s Sister) stopped by on her way back to San Felipe, Mexico where her and Joe are residing. Getting a ride down we went to spend a nght with them. They have a beautiful house overlooking the Baja Gulf. We walked the downtown area and along the beach drive. The Battins own a dune buggy so the next morning we rode the beach.

We went to the Yuma Territorial Prison which is now an upgraded State Park with more exhibits. Later in the week we went to a city park to do some walking/hiking along the Colorado River. Adding in a rain day and cleaning day that about coveredour time there.

Returning to Picacho KOA, a place we stayed at in May, it was alot cooler but still mid 70’s. We traveled to Chandler to meet up with Pam, Linda’s other sister, and Bob for a chance to walk a mall, have lunch and catch up on the last few months. We went to the Pinal County Museum in Florence and spent some time reading the historical plaques. Florence has alot of history in Arizona. The next day we visited Marge, who just celebrated her 98 birthday on Christmas and her son Howard.

We did not make our hike up to Picacho do to some food poisoning. We ate dinner Friday night and spent the week-end recovering before bouncing back and going to the Casa Grande Ruins. It is an interesting place to learn about the native Americans who settled the land in the 1400’s and had irrigation canals from the near by Gila River.

Then it was time to move again. Now we were heading back to Benson, AZ and a couple of things we did not do in May.

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Hills outside  of Yuma
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Heading for the border
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Part of the upgraded border security
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Bienvenidos Baja California, Mexico
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The entrance to the Battin’s development
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the shore road in San Felipe
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Mango and regular Margarita
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Toast to family and our adventures
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Road back to the Battin’s at sunset
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the tide is out. lost my tide is in. this is the north americas third largest tidal change
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back porch with outdoor shower
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going for breakfast
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The tallest peak in Baja to the left. Our ride on the left.
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On the beach
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stop along the way
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some of the cliffs
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Vista point with the tide in
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Base of the property with the tide in
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Back home, in Yuma, with our Christmas lights
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RV park lights
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Yuma territorial Prison water tank with guard tower over the top
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View of St Thomas Mission from the prison
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Dining hall, now museum, on right. Cells on the left.
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The main cell block. Flooding from some rain.

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Yuma snowman
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The colorado River. California on the other side.

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Added Christmas Lights. But includes 4th of July, halloween and valentines day for future use.
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back at Pichacho
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horse stable behind the RV park. Roping training provided at the ranch.
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Set up to sit out with the flys from the neighboring ranch
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Another Benson AZ sunset
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Historic Downtown Florence
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Added a light to the flagpole for 24 hour flying. Long may she wave.
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At the ruins.
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The big house with the walls of the homes around the main structure.

 

 

 

 

2018 November – Week 4

This is our last week. It has been different to be camped out for 4 weeks but between friends and visiting places it has been a fast month. This has been a great month.

Not sure why the order is out of wack but here are the pictures.

Tomorrow is December 1st so lunch with ol friends and leaving for AZ on the 2nd.

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This is at the San Diego Maritime Museum. The Russian Sub. the hole on the right is an example of 4 you must pas  through to get through the tour.

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The SDMM as we get underway. County building and airline coming in

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Seaport Village

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San Diego Convention center

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Dole Banana  boat with it’s own loading cranes

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Photo op
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Mercy and a destroyer
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Now water propelled
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Stealth
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With some sails out

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Challenge coins presented  to me on this historic ride
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Get  to sit in a few cockpits
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Excellent display of aircraft

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Cutouts explaining the different color uniforms
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High School entertaining the visitors

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Our first bar. This bar has a long history
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back in Old Town for one last fabulous margarita
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bazzar Del Mundo is replaced by this organization
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Hats off to the Brown River Navy

2018 November – Week 3

This was a week to see a fleet of old sailing ships, or replicas, going out to sea. The Star of India is 155 years old and sail once it was off the coast. We took an anniversary trip up the coast on a coaster train which is a rail train between San Diego and Oceanside.

Thanksgiving was spend with a grade school friend of Shannon’s. Angie lived down the street. Her and Michael invited us for a memorable dinner. It was a great time.

 

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Cast off for the sail
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passengers on board for a ride
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The tugboat leads the way.
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The ships leaving the harbor. North Island NAS behind them and the downtown skyline in the background. this is from Cabrillo National Monument.

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Juan Cabrillo entered the harbor in 1542.
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the original light house. Moved in later years to the base of the point as the fog was to thick at times to see the light.

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Track 1 & 2 are the Metro trolleys. Track 4 is Amtrack
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On our way to Oceanside

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DeAnza Cove RV park on the far end

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Oceanside Housing along the beach
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Old theater on the 101

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Concrete beach balls for bollards

 

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Back at the flotilla on the way out. tugboat leading the Star
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Celebrating 42 years of marriage.
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Sparkling wine from Lodi. Glasses from a previous trip to Cottonwood AZ.
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Back to Cabrillo on Friday to work off some turkey. 400 feet down and only one way up

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the tide pool trail on the other side. Drive down most of the way.
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As I said most of the way.