Wow, I thought it was going to be warmer when we woke up in Elk City, Oklahoma this morning and it was warmer but that’s relative! It was 33 degrees with a real feel of 26 and 15 mph wind. I hustled out to get the car set for towing without a coat so really felt the chill. 8:30 seems to be our usual time of departure no matter how we prepare the night before. This morning Jerry tried to replace a fuse and that took a bit of time making us run a little later.
I spent the morning ride taking care of some business for both Mom and us and then trying to determine where we could spend the night. Harvest Host has several places in New Mexico but they were either not opened during January or they didn’t meet Jerry’s mile requirements. Rest areas in Texas are also difficult to find! Although listed on the GPS some are non-existent. We finally stopped at the Welcome to New Mexico Center just to go in and ask about staying at rest stops along the way. We specifically asked about the rest stop in Moriarty and she checked to make sure it was opened. I asked about the safety and she said to lock up everything we had and not trust anyone. What an endorsement. I knew Jerry was getting tired so we headed to Rattlesnake Draw Rest Stop – yes Rattlesnake Draw – that creates a warm and fuzzy moment doesn’t it? As we traveled along I was still searching for an alternate overnight and located a casino on our route that had full hookup and was only $11. That sounded good to me but it was too far to drive. We finally pulled in Rattlesnake Draw and oh, my gosh. There was no center, just some picnic areas and several truckers. The entire place looked a bit sketchy. Jerry looked at me and I told him I trusted his judgement. He pulled out!
The search renewed I went to RV Park Reviews website and found a Passport campground in Bernalillo which was not too far away. It wasn’t on our route but seemed to be the best alternative. They had a pull through site, full hookup and honored Passport at $15 a night! Traffic was heavy in Albuquerque but moving until we got to Bernalillo and what a traffic jam. Traffic congestion was quite heavy with some road construction so it probably took us 40 minutes to go 1 ½ miles. We missed the entrance so had to go up, turn around and get back into the traffic. Fortunately that was accomplished fairly easily.
Check in at Coronado RV Park, a city owned park was quickly accomplished and set up was done. As always the jacks showed an excess slope so I had to manually adjust the jacks with Jerry telling me which one to lower or raise. That is always a bit challenging but we got it done. Each site had a picnic shelter and indoor outdoor carpet which would make a great place for grilling.
I wish I could say that after setup we walked around and enjoyed the beautiful vista but we both collapsed. Jerry had a snack and I had a cup of hot tea. For the first time since we left home we had fairly decent WiFi so we both checked e-mail and caught up on the news.
Probably one of the best things I did before leaving home was get the ingredients for stew beef in the crockpot. We had it last night for the third time and finally finished it off. It was really good and a great idea for traveling but I don’t think I want any more anytime soon.
Because we had to unhook the water last night due to freezing temps we both took showers and then after watching NCIS I hit the bed and was asleep quickly. Unfortunately I didn’t stay that way. It was a long night!
We forgot to lessen the air on our sleep number bed so when we stopped for the night the bed was 100% on both sides at 5000 plus feet in altitude. Our home town is at 43 feet above sea level so quite a difference. Jerry got it down to 85 on both sides which is where we like it and we’ll lower it still in the morning.
The highlight of the day was seeing all of the beautiful landscapes as we traveled I40. Traveling through Texas we saw many wind mills. Boy, they are huge and you don’t realize it until you get up close to them. I took some pictures but the majesty and immensity, the enormity just can’t be captured. We also got to see the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque which are so very different than our North Carolina mountains. Even in the winter the Smokey Mountains are still vibrant with life while the Sandia Mountains appear to be just brown. The sky here is a different color of blue though, indescribable but just different from NC. With the pale blue sky the Sandia Mountains were a beautiful sight. Wish we had had more time to explore but I guess there’s always next year.