Monday, November 16, 2015

Last of the season mini trip



Day 1 we made it to the destination for the day, Elephant Butte…We were extremely proud of Elephant  butte, as it was Veterans day and the streets were full of flags…Flags  are city owned but the vets helped put them out…and I mean out…like every 60 ft.


Camped in an RV Park  about a block or so from the American Legion Post.Wind was blowing like hell, no fun…

Tuesday night went to the American Legion for a jam session..Sue, Constance, and Husker played and sang, Wanda sang a few also…All in all a good time and got in  a bit of BS’ing.

Wednesday night we were back at the Legion to listen to Jim Corrons play, an ole time favorite of ours…More BS’ing….

Thursday we lit out for Carrizozo and spent the night at the Valley of Fire. Froze that night…We met up with a school chum of wands and had a late lunch..We then headed for Hondo,  I had not been there so was fine with me…We stopped at a small store called Tangle Wood Art…Most amazing store…You would not believe all the stuff they had…Here is a small sample.



Friday headed for Alamogordo and pulled into the Boot Hill RV Park…Nice little park that we have stayed in before..Reasonable rates and free wifi.. Really nice people. This was our final destination. A Geocaching event was to start Saturday morning at the VFW.. So at 08:30 Sat morning we were there…Had a buffet breakfast fit for a king, Then drawings were held, New cache coordinates handed out and much BSing.. It finally broke up and everyone lit out in their own directions to pounce on some new Geocaches…We met again for dinner at a chinese buffet and ate until we busted. with that over around 7:30 Wanda and I Headed back to the VFW for music..Cross Bow was playing and we really enjoy them..

The Hosts of the Geocaching event showed up, so we visited with them  for the entire evening….

Sunday, it was planned to head home….Did not happen…We felt tired and lazy so just lounged around the RV for the whole day….

Monday headed home…Miserable weather, Wind, Rain, and Dust..yes dust…took us an extra hour to get home due to having to slow down so much for the wind and dust…Long trip home…But we made it….

That is it for the season….Drained the fresh water tank, opened all the faucets and the low point drains…Called it a day….Still blowing and raining off and on..

Friday, October 9, 2015

Another adventure


In September some new friends, Dillon, Jean, Wanda and I headed out to cooks peak for a ride. It was a beautiful ride but had a set back or 2…

First one of the ATV”s rolled over in to the top of a mine shaft…Very luckily the girl was not hurt..Winched the atv out and were ready to get back on the journey…But Dillons UTV would not start no matter what we did so decided to just tow it back to the trucks…But…..It’s lunch time, so took time out to enjoy or lunch before heading back down the hill…About 8 miles to trucks. All in all a great day…Here’s some pics. You can click on them to enlarge.


The pictures with people in them were the old Cooks Town cemetery. Only a couple of the had markers..

The following was from a Deming Headlight Article:

The 1900 U.S. Census records 343 people living at Cooks Town. This sizeable population was in fact larger than that which was recorded for the more well-known town of Lake Valley. Over half of the population listed for Cooks Town in the census were either born in Mexico or born in the US to Mexican Nationals, not native born New Mexican Hispanics. The most common surnames were Rodrigues(z), Gardia, Delgado, Jaso, and Guttirez (Gutierrez). Hence, while the mine owners were primarily Anglo, the mining camps of the Cookes Peak Mining District were largely Mexican in their ethnic composition.

By all accounts life within these camps was particularly brutal. While there were seven brothels and as many as 25 saloons, there were no churches and only a single source of drinkable water. Cattle rustling was common, as was claim jumping. Disputes were settled without the aid of law enforcement, often with violent and horrific consequences. Blizzards could occur in winter and dust storms were not uncommon in the summer months. Making matters worse, there is circumstantial evidence that many of residents suffered from the effects of lead poisoning.

Today, the remnants of Cooks Town, Hadley Town, and Jose Town, as well as the thousands of mines which once operated in the Cookes Peak Mining District, are still visible upon the landscape. However, visitation to the range is strongly discouraged. Much of the land remains privately owned and the abandoned mines are extremely dangerous. Be that as it may, the landscape of the Cookes Range remains an important piece of history to Luna County.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Day in the Desert.


This month, April has been an exciting month for us…To start off both my surgeries are pretty much healed and I am feeling pretty good. We bought a 2015 Polaris Ranger 570 mid (side by side)to replace the 2 ATV’s . So far so good. We have close to a hundred miles on it in the last 3 days. Yesterday 4/20/2015 we took a trip out the Green Leaf Mine Rd…Which covers miles and miles of dirt/gravel roads. We did manage to pick up 1 geocache on the way.

We had a blast on the trip and the highlights were an Arroyo to run in which was really great and the other was at the geocache site that had an awesome view for many miles.




A Day in the Desert with the new Polaris.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bill Evans Lake, Grant Co. New Mexico



Wanda and I went up to Bill Evans Lake and spent 3 days goofing around fishing, flying and lazing around. Friday night it rained like hell for close to an hour, so we got to at least see some…..

No fish were caught or released. There were 2 different fishing derby’s going on Saturday, One a kinda family thing and the other a NMSU BassMaster qualifier…The largest Bass was 6 lbs 1oz…Nice fish..

I managed to get a few Quad flights in which felt pretty damn good.




Shot from my DJI F450 Quadcopter.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hatch Chili Festival 2014



Travis, Teresa, Wanda and I attended the Hatch Chili Festival on Saturday Aug 30th and had a wonderful time. The event has grown a might since I was there last. More venders, Carnival among other things. A live band was playing. ( The Yarbourghs ) Probably spelled wrong but that’s the way it goes…

We had a couple of beers and some  Bacon Chili Cheese Fries that were just out of this world. After being beat by the sun for a couple of hours we went into Hatch and stood in line at Sparkys for a Green Chili Milk Shake….Well, Travis and Teresa stood in line. Wanda and I sat in the shade and waited…





If you are interested here is a link to the Chili Face Book Page.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Trivial Bull



Not much going on but I see it’s been like a year since I last updated the blog.

Last summer we traveled to City of Rocks state park 3-4 times and spent I think 5 days each time.

We took the Rv to Roswell for 5 days and camped at the Elk lodge, Ran into some old friends from a few years back and had a great visit. The lodge had like a full menu so we pretty much ate dinner there every night.

Attended several Geocaching events in Roswell, Ruidoso, Alamogordo and Las Cruces.

Here is what I have been doing for the last 4-5 months.

All are electric and I get from 5-8 min per flight.


WL Toys V911 About 8” long. Fly it inside and out.


Hobby Zone Champ. 16” wing span. Outside no wind.



Ares Gamma 370. 39” wing span. Outside light winds.

My Gamma 370 with wing cam. This was taken at Wanda’s brothers airstrip. It’s just down the road about 1/2 mile. The time and date are upside down because the camera is mounted that way. I just flipped the video 180 degrees.

Lately we have teamed up with Jake and Cindy (Ceejay535) and have been Geocaching almost every week end somewhere. Been to some pretty neat areas and had a great time. If there is music at the Legion we go and do some dancing and B.S. ing.

Here is a couple of recent finds.




We did these Easter Sunday on the ATV’s and had a blast.

Here are some pics from a caching trip to El Paso.


I keep putting this off, so I better get it posted now…before I procrastinate some more.


Last minute addition. This one was taken at home.

Gamma 370 at home.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hot Chocolate Event Cache

Another Geocaching event was held Febuary 25th at the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park.

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park is New Mexico's 34th state park, encompassing 300 acres of bosque (riverside forest) along the Rio Grande and 600 acres of adjacent Chihuahuan Desert. The park is a refuge for wildlife and a haven for people seeing the quiet enjoyment of nature. Here is their web site.

It is said that over 200 people were there, and I don’t doubt it. There were a bunch.

Jake,Cindy,Wanda and I teamed up and attended the event.We had a great time and got completely worn out. Met a bunch of new people and talked to several that we already met.

There were 3 levels of a 3 stage multi cache. Easy, Very easy and Hard. We picked hard. At each stage the were an ingredient for Hot Chocolate. Chocolate, Cookies, and Marshmallows. When finished with the 3 stages you go back to the meeting room and make your cup of hot chocolate. Quite fun. There were also a couple of other caches in the park. There were prizes for everyone, including new geocoins, cache containers, and toys for the kids. Two GPS’s were also given out.

A link to the event.

And some pictures.