We left for Santa Fe this morning after staying one week in Las Cruces. We will be in Santa Fe for two weeks and I am going to take advantage of the opportunity to catch up on some really good restaurant eating!
But first Las Cruces. We arrived last Friday after spending the night in a really great KOA in Tucson. Not a place I would want to spend more than a couple of days in, but it was certainly a far better option than gambling with the rest stops. The majority of the rest stops between Phoenix and Las Cruces were marked closed on my app and we didn’t want to play rest stop roulette again.
What I loved most about the KOA site was that there were lots and lots of solar panels. One thing that disturbs me about traveling through the Southwest is that there is so little solar here – come on people, it’s the desert!
It’s cold here in Las Cruces, a 30-degree difference from Borrego Springs. So of course, being RV newbies, the first night at the park their water pipes froze and we had our hose connected to it. Luckily we had water in our tanks so there was no damage. But having learned our lesson, now after taking showers and doing the dishes each night, we disconnect our hose and roll it into the wet bay until the morning.
Saturday we went out and did some scouting stopping first at White Sands National Monument. And while we walked around and took a few photos, it turned out to be very disappointing. Due to the large number of illegal immigrant issues, Border Patrol police have dictated that the park can only be open after sunrise and closed before sunset – which are the golden hours for photographers, so that is a total bust for Mr. Misadventures.
On top of that, the best viewing site in the park is closed due to the Army crashing a drone there almost THREE years ago which they have yet to clean up. They are worried about environmental and health concerns, so the best platform and the best trail are closed and according to the ranger with no known opening insight. Bummer.
We continued down the road stopping in the Valley of Fires for lunch where we took a look around before continuing on to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Lots of fantastic birds and other animals to see there and it gives the hubby an opportunity to practice his wildlife photography. Problem is it is a two-hour drive from our RV park which in and of itself is not a huge deal unless you want to do sunrise photography. Which of course my hubby does.
On Tuesday Mr. Misadventures got up at 3 AM to drive there to do just that. Me? The only thing I get up at 3 AM for is an early flight. I guess artists really do suffer for their art!
We did some sunsets in the Organ Mountain National Park, the small mountain range has the prettiest colors.
It is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and we hope to visit many during our year on the road. We have already been to three just this week. The annual pass that we bought will pay for itself in no time at all.
From a food perspective, I have not been a happy camper this week. The park we are staying at doesn’t provide a lot of space between the individual rigs making it difficult to pull out the bbq. We have been relying on BBQing to cook, particularly our proteins, so this week has been meatless, except for some Ikea meatballs and canned fish. On top of that our beloved rice cooker of seven years is on the fritz (although it is back working now) so we have eaten way more pasta this week than I would like.
The hubby took pity on me and we went to Mexican food twice for lunch, but I am looking forward to Santa Fe: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and lots of good restaurants!
Post coming soon about Las Cruces.
That’s it for this week! Happy escaping! Follow me on Instagram for real-time activities from Santa Fe!
What have you been up to?