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Mar
16

Playing Tourists in New Mexico, Part 3

Playing Tourists in New Mexico, Part 3 Caballa State Park, NM
Volunteer Park Travel Campsites

After leaving Elephant Butte State Park, we headed to the Volunteer Travel Campsites (32.3774, -106.4913) located on the White Sands Missile Range (Army Post). This is a small, 8-site RV Park located on the main portion of the Army post. It's very quiet here, with wonderful views of the Organ Mountains. A pretty good deal for only $10 a night with full hook-ups. It's located between Las Cruces and the White Sands National Monument.

While staying here, we visited the nearby Holloman AFB FamCamp and the Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. We planned to go to the White Sands National Monument, but it was extremely windy for a couple days and we had visited this National Park before. So we didn't get there on this trip. We checked out the state park, trying to decide where our next stop was going to be. While this is a nice, quiet, and small state park, there were no available sites. Not even dry-camping sites.

Between 1991 and 1993, we were stationed at Holloman AFB. It was interesting to return to the base and check out our old on-base housing and where I worked. The base hadn't changed much, but there were a few more hangers. Back in the early 90's I assisted with the transfer of the F-117 Stealth Fighter from it's "black" operations to being public at Holloman AFB. Nowadays, Holloman AFB doesn't have the F-117 anymore. It looks like their main mission now is to train and support Reaper Drones, train fighter pilots, and train the German Air Force.

​We only stayed at the Missile Range for 5 days and decided to head back towards Truth or Consequences. We ended up going to the Caballo State Park using our New Mexico annual camping pass. We were willing to dry-camp for free, but were able to get an electric site for $4 a night. While here, we went back to Sparky's Hamburgers in Hatch, NM to get their delicious chili cheeseburger again. While in Hatch, Connie bought 5 pounds of chopped green chili's for $9. We had some last night on rib-eye steak - yumm! Otherwise, we haven't been doing much here other than working on the computer. One of my contract jobs is to maintain the CLM Services website. I've been working on a complete update and redesign of their website. I've accomplished a lot in these past few days.

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Mar
03

Playing Tourist in New Mexico, Part 2

Elephant Butte State Park, NM Our site at Elephant Butte State Park, NM

We've been fairly busy here at Elephant Butte State Park near Truth or Consequences in New Mexico. We got a nice site looking out over the lake, in the distance. There's plenty of "dry-camping" available, either in a developed site or just out in the desert. Some people are even camping out on long sandy points, just a few feet from the water. When we got here a couple weeks ago, it was getting down below freezing at night, so we decided to pay the $4 a night (with the annual pass) and get an electric site. But lately, the weather has been great!

Here's a 360° photo of our site #18 in the Quail Run Campground: 

Friends had recommended the Geronimo Springs Museum in the town of Truth or Consequences. It was only a few miles away, so we stopped by for a visit. For a small town museum, it was packed full of displays and information. The emphasis was mostly on local history and artifacts, but it was very well done and interesting.

Truth or Consequences is also home of Spaceport America. They want $65 per person to take a tour, but there is a small visitors center for the Spaceport in town. What a great disappointment! The Spaceport America visitors center had nothing put a couple learning displays. Almost ZERO photos or information on the Spaceport.  <continued>

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Mar
03

February 2019 Expenses

ExpensesHere's most of the day-to day living expenses, which can be controlled. It doesn't include regularly scheduled expenses.

February 2019 Expenses

Auto: Fuel

Dining Out

Entertainment

Groceries

RV: Camping

RV: Propane

RV: Fuel

RV: Repairs

Misc

$158.00 $306.00 $52.00 $452.00 $633.00 $59.00 $213.00 $0 $0

 

Notes:.

  1. Camping fees included 1 week reservation at Potawatam State Park in Wisconsin for this summer - $173.00
  2. Camping fees included 1 week reservation at Bay Furnace NF CG in Michigan for this summer - $78.00
  3. Camping included a New Mexico Annual Camping Pass, valid until March 2020 - $225.00
  4. Average Price for Diesel: $2.71/gallon

 

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Feb
21

Playing Tourist in New Mexico, Part 1

Ft-Bayard-Officers-Row Fort Bayard Officers Row, circa 1910

While staying at the Pancho Villa State Park in New Mexico, we spent the last 12 days relaxing, working a bit on the computers, and playing tourists. One day, we had a few road-runners chasing each other for hours. I think the female was going to eventually loose that battle. The state park has a nice, small museum explaining what happened in March 1916 with the raid by Mexican General "Pancho" Villas irregulars. We visited the museum and learned more about this raid. It was the last major attack on U.S. Soil by a foreign nation. It was only 4 months after General Pershing returned from the "Punitive Expedition" that Pershing was sent to Europe for World War I. The lessons learned hunting Pancho Villa for 10 months were invaluable in Europe.

Since the state park is only a few miles from the US/Mexico border, we couldn't resist taking a trip out of country. Actually, we'd been there before and knew about the "Pink Store" in Puerto Palomas, MX. You can park for free at the border and walk across into Puerto Palomas. It's less than 1/2 mile to the main tourist store in town. We looked around at the souvenirs and had a wonderful combination lunch. We enjoyed lunch so much, that we returned on Valentines Day for a wonderful rib-eye chili con queso meal. Great meal! The Pink Store welcomes US tourists and provides the first drink on the house. Of course, we took advantage of the free cervazas and margaritas. <continued>

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Feb
14

January 2019 Expenses

ExpensesWhen we started researching the possiblity of traveling full time in an RV, I was concerned whether we could afford it. I apprecated reading other people's blogs that included any expense related items. It helped us plan accordingly and gave us a better idea of what to expect finanically while traveling. We learned that we had a good chance of surviving, provided we worked seasonal jobs.

To help educate others contemplating this lifestyle and concerned about finances, I kept and shared most of our expenses. At least I did for the first few years we were full-timing. To that extent, I'll try to start sharing some of our expenses again. These are most of the day-to day living expenses, which can be controlled. It doesn't include regularly scheduled expenses.

January 2019 Expenses

 Auto: Fuel

Dining Out

Entertainment

Groceries

Motorhome: Camping

RV: Fuel

RV: Repairs

Misc

 $82.50  $189.50 $112.50 $414.50 $869.00  $95.00 $0 $638.00

 

Notes:

  1. Camping fees included 2 weeks at RV Park in Apache Junction, AZ - $392.00
  2. Camping fees included 1 week reservations at Theodore Roosevelt NP in North Dakato for this summer - $49.00
  3. Camping fees included 1 week reservations at Aune Osborn CG in Michigan for this summer for 2 sites - $428.00
  4. Misc includes purchase of replacement 10-wheel Tire Monitoring System - $490.00
  5. Misc includes purchasing 2 new outdoor chairs and an outdoor recliner - $148.00
  6. Average Price for Diesel:  $2.68/gallon

 

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