April 30, 2010.
The wind subsided and we woke early to a clear morning in Alamogordo, NM. Everything was covered in a fine orange dust. To make matters worse, it drizzled for about a minute last night peppering everything with dusty water spots! It was still windy around 20-30 mph, but manageable for our trip to Silver City.
After paying for our week’s worth of electricity, we said good-byes to James and Cindy the owners of Boot Hill RV Resort. They are very nice people and built the park themselves. Interesting thing about Cindy, she is my age and was a military dependent stationed in Germany the same years that I was there, '72-'76.
We enjoyed talking with both of them whenever we had the chance. Boot Hill RV Resort is well maintained and perhaps the best RV park in the Alamogordo area so check it out if you are in the area.
We got on the road about 9:40 taking Hwy 70 through White Sands ...
to Las Cruces via a mountain pass. It was a long straight descent.
From Las Cruces we headed west on I-10 coming across a Border Patrol Inspection. We crawled through the line of cars and trucks. When I pulled up, I was asked by a Border Patrol Officer if I was a U.S. Citizen. I responded affirmatively and he waived me through. Not exactly a thorough check!
We stopped for a quick lunch and break for Maggie and Rico in Deming, NM. and then headed north on Hwy 180. There were signs warning of poor visibility because of dust storms. We were getting a pretty stiff west wind and could see little dust twisters, but the visibility was good.
We climbed to over 6000 ft before entering Silver City and finding our park. After about 200 miles, we arrived at Rose Valley RV Park. The clerk was very friendly and assigned us to lot 60 which backs up to an open valley providing a beautiful view.
Most of the sites to include ours, have small walls on the door side of the site that is very nice for providing privacy and a wind block. There’s a nice trail for walking the dogs into the valley. We will be staying here for a week.
A view of the back of our rig. You may notice that the site was not at all level. It sure is nice to have the BigFoot Levelers!
A view from up the road from our site.
As we continued to set up the temperatures were dropping. In fact we had snow flurries for a little while! However, the ground temperature was too warm for the snow to stick.
After dinner we watched the George Clooney movie, "Up In The Air" that Joyce rented before calling it a night. Tomorrow we hope to catch a portion of the Tour of the Gila bike race in town.