Sunday – We made it to Georgetown, Texas to visit our friends Bob and Vickie. We stayed at Berry Springs RV park, which is real close to Sun City where they live. I know I said Georgetown, but if I had said Sun City, no one would really know where that is located. So now you know where it is! We timed it perfect in that they were having a dinner party with some of their close neighbors and they had room at the table for both of us. We had some good food and good company and the night passed by quickly. Thanks Bob and Vickie for a good evening!
Monday – We drove from Georgetown, Texas to Fort Sumner, New Mexico. We passed through a town called Zephyr,Texas. For those of you readers that don’t know about Tiffin motorhomes like ours, the Zephyr is the top, most luxurious motorhome in their stable of motorhomes. Here are a few photos:
Looks like their mascot is the Bulldogs.
Arriving in New Mexico.
We arrived in Fort Sumner, NM about 6:00PM central time, but we had crossed the time zone, so it was really on 5:00 PM. They have a Billy the Kid Museum here in Fort Sumner, which is supposed to be really good! We stayed at Valley View RV park which is owned by the same folks as the Billy the Kid Museum. It started to cool down a little bit here, mainly because a small rain storm came through while we were driving through town. Not enough to make any mud, since it looks like it has been very dry here too and the rain soaked up rather quickly.
Tuesday – We left Fort Sumner, New Mexico and headed toward Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We call our friends Jim and Betty, who usually go to Lake City, Colorado every summer and stay there about 3 months. They weren’t in Lake City as we thought, they were in Pagosa Springs where they had purchased a house last November. They said come on over and we will throw out an extension cord. So that’s what we did! We arrived around 3:00 PM (mountain time) and got leveled up and plugged into the extension cord. Since the weather in Pagosa Springs is really nice this time of year, low 80’s during the day (very low humidity) and in the low 50’s at night we didn’t need any air conditioning or heat pumps to be comfortable. We filled up our fresh water tanks from their well and worked off the black and gray tanks while we stayed in their driveway.
Wednesday – We (all 4 of us) drove into town to eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant in Pagosa Springs. But low and behold, it was closed and The Lost Cajun restaurant was in it’s place. So we decided we would try it, even though we have had a hard time finding good Cajun food outside of Louisiana, it turned the food wasn’t too bad. They used a little too much okra in the gumbo for my taste, which made it a little thicker than I like. Not much chicken in the chicken and sausage gumbo (but a lot of sausage), and not much seafood in the seafood gumbo. But it still had a good taste. They do something really nice for people that aren’t familiar with Cajun food. They have a free sampler, where they bring out small samples with some small spoons for you to taste test. Over all we had a good meal and said we would be back later for some beignets! We left the restaurant and headed up Piedra Road toward Williams Reservoir. We workamped at the V.A Poma Ranch back in 2010. You can check out those posts starting here http://didelottravels.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/07/summer-gig.html.
They sold the ranch a couple years ago and we wanted to see what the new owners had done. As a side note, this is where we first met Jim and Betty, so they didn’t mind going out to the ranch. It is about 26 miles from Pagosa Springs down a Forest Service road so it takes a little time. It sits among the beautiful San Juan Mountains and is a really wonderful place. It looks like the new owners added another fishing pond, but that looks like all they did. The cabins and lodge looked the same. We didn’t drive down into the ranch, since we didn’t know the new owners. We visited Williams Reservoir since it isn’t too far from the ranch. On the trip back we came across a couple badgers getting into a fight on the side of the road. Sue got this picture of one of them after we broke up the fight by our stopping the car on the road and watching them.
Another view of the fight contestant.
We drove back to The Lost Cajun restaurant so we could sample some of the beignets. They were excellent beignets! Of course, they are a mess to eat with all of the powdered sugar that was sprinkled on them. They even had some powdered sugar in a shaker on the table, so you could add more if you wanted/needed more.
Thursday – We drove out to Chimney Rock National Monument to check it out. Once we found out there was some walking/hiking involved we declined to do the tour. I have to keep my portable oxygen concentrator running at 4lpm while I walk at this altitude, I didn’t want to push my limits on a hike at 7500 ft above sea level. No thanks! We then decided to take the scenic way back to Pagosa Springs down some 4 wheel drive roads. It was really not a bad road (CR 613), I probably could have driven it in our Honda CRV rather than Jim and Betty’s Jeep. We came across a mare with this foal.
Friday – We stayed around Jim and Betty’s house all day and played some card games and domino games. We didn’t venture out all day, but just kind of vegged out! Well I vegged out, Sue washed the motorhome with some help from Jim. It looked real good in the shade, but you could see a lot of places they missed when the sun came out. Oh well, it was a good try and it didn’t involve me doing any real work!
Saturday – We stayed at the motorhome in the morning and then we all travelled to their Home Owners Association’s club house for the Annual Cowboy Poetry reading. They did do some singing of their own songs and one lady was really good. Her name is Evelyn Roper and she is from Gunnison, Colorado. She had a great voice and some really good songs. I took a picture of her with my iPhone, but the lighting was not that great and it didn’t come out very good. The next one up was a 10 year old fiddle player and he sang some songs, played quite a bit and did a little poetry recitation. He is really good fiddle player. That’s him on the left. I don’t remember his name or where he was from.
Sunday – We just stayed at Jim and Betty’s again, because Betty wasn’t feeling good. Maybe she ate too much of Sue’s chicken and sausage gumbo last night. She did get a couple bowl’s full! We drove over to Mountain Landing RV park located on Piedra Road by the Pagosa Springs airport to visit our friends Fred and Vickie. We made reservations to move over there tomorrow and stay for about 4 days. We needed to dump our tanks, since Jim and Betty didn’t have a way for us to do that at their place.
Well that’s it for this last week.
Until next time!