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.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Deming Centennial Meet and Greet.



This is the kick off event for the next 10 events throughout the rest of the state. See the event dates and locations here.

Here is a link to the Deming Headlight Article

Luna County geocachers to host meet and greet

Matt Robinson

Posted:   02/08/2012 05:11:40 PM MST

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Jake Varnhagen checks his position on Earth using a handheld global positioning satellite device.

Global positioning satellites have forever changed the course of human history and how man communicates with one another, but a popular pastime is giving the technology a more fun use in Luna County.

It's called geocaching and it involves players using GPS devices to find markers or objects left anywhere across the globe. The players use their GPS devices to find coordinates posted by any number of members of the community that is comprised of millions of members around the world. Local geocachers are hosting members from around the state at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Rancher's Grill, located on Cedar St. for a meet and greet, a meal and the latest stories from the geocaching trail.

"They call it a high-tech treasure hunt," Gary Loudon, a local geocacher, said. "Somebody hides it with GPS and you go find it."

"It" can be any number of items, from toys to cash, but each container used to store items also comes with a logbook to see who has visited that location before. In the geocaching world, members are known more for their usernames and accomplishments than their actual names.

Gary and his wife, June Loudon, with five years experience, pair up to become "GaryJune." Jake Varnhagen and his wife, Cindy, have been geocaching for about three years. They also work as a pair with the call sign, "CeeJay535." And their buddy Chuck Ramsey, also known as, "Ramblin' Ramsey," has also been at it for several years.

That group makes up only a small portion of the over 200 geocaches in the Deming area.

"You can go on the Internet and lookup and it will tell you the whole thing," June Loudon said. "There's no charge to join it."

You can get started with a handheld unit as cheap as $50, Jake Varnhagen said, or you can spend as much as you would like to get the latest bells and whistles.

"Cameras, flashlights, SD card (SanDisk), you can record music on them and put them on to play as you're walking," he explained.

The group hopes that any interested locals will join them on Saturday for the first leg of a statewide series of gatherings.

"There will be many experienced geocachers there and if anybody is interested, they'll be happy to explain it," Gary Loudon said.

Matt Robinson can be reached at


Who: New Mexico geocachers

What: Meet and greet

When: 11 a.m. on Saturday

Where: Rancher's Grill, 316 E. Cedar St


After the fact, This event turned out to be nothing but amazing. There were in the neighborhood of 75 attendees from as far North as Farmington. A couple from Ohio, as well as all over the rest of New Mexico. Speaking on behalf of Jake,Cindy,June,Gary, Wanda, and myself we had a great time putting this on. Especially nice were all the compliments for our efforts.

Check out the logs on the Cache page.Deming Centennial Meet and Greet Cache page.


And some pictures:

Monday, January 23, 2012

First ATV Ride of the Season


Well, we finally got in a ATV ride. Been wanting to do these 2 geocaches since they were published several months back.

We started out with Dillon, Jean, Wanda and myself. At 10:00 we headed out. after going through several gates we took a break. Then began again. Around 11:30 Jean was feeling bad, so Dillon and her headed back home. Wanda and I continued on to the Petroglyphs where the first cache was. After a very short walk we found the cache and then drove down the road a few hundred yards to try and get out of the wind for lunch. Had lunch and on to the next cache about 2.5 miles further as the crow flies. Shortly after leaving the lunch spot the road turned up hill and across all kinds of rocks. It was slow going up then down the other side. We reached and found the second cache, the went on forward to Ft Cummings.

Here is the track from the GPS (36 Miles)


Cache 1.

In 1846 at the request of the United States government, 500 men, 33 women, and 51 children from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army as part of the Mexican-American War. The Mormon Battalion was the only religiously based unit in United States military history. They marched on foot from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to Los Angeles, California.

This cache is found near where the Mormon Battalion camped on November 17, 1846. Many of the features they described are still here. Daniel Tyler, a member of the Battalion, wrote, “After leaving Cooke’s Spring, we passed through the gap in the mountains, and came to a place where mining, for precious metals, had evidently been carried on at sometime in the distant past. There were at least thirty holes cut in the solid rock, from ten to fourteen inches deep, and from six to ten inches in diameter, evidently for the purpose of catching and retaining water when showers occurred. Here we also found, for the first time, California partridges or quail. These bird do not differ much in size from those of the Eastern and Middle States, but are of a bluish color, and oblong bodies, and beautiful top-knots. They are swift runners. A new variety of oak was also found here, which has since received the name of Emory Oak (Quercus emoryi); also a new and very beautiful variety of oose, or Spanish bayonet, some of the leaves which are a yard long, with edges resembling saw-teeth and stalks running up the center for fifteen to eighteen feet high. One of our guides here killed two goats which must have strayed from some passing herd or been stolen and then lost by some Indians, as both were ear marked.”


Cache 2.

In 1846 at the request of the United States government, 500 men, 33 women, and 51 children from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army as part of the Mexican-American War. The Mormon Battalion was the only religiously based unit in United States military history. They marched on foot from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to Los Angeles, California.

The Mormon Battalion camped here November 16, 1846 prior to Fort Cummings and the Butterfield Stage Station being built here. Daniel Tyler, a member of the Battalion, wrote, “Passing around the base of a mountain on the 16th to a narrow canyon, we found a marshy water hole, which was given the name of “Cooke’s Spring.” Here we found much broken earthen ware scattered all over the ground.

Wanda and I made it back home around 3:45 PM.

That’s all.