Now that I am back in the saddle after being on the road in “The Roge Mahal ” for the past 3 1/2 months it is time to get to work! Of course I will continue sharing snippets from various stops on our trip in the near future. Sadly I returned to a yard full of weeds that needed pulling, a septic system that needed to be replaced for the studio, and a minor flood in the studio from a small roof leak after I got home.
One of the joys of traveling in our RV has been the chance to enjoy local fresh fruits and vegetables. With Summer in full swing we have been able to sample nature’s bounty. Staring with the small ripe apricots that were growing wild by the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks at our Durango,Colorado campground we scooped up the sweet tastes that come with fresh ripe fruit.
We had left the Durango, Colorado area after a week of camping in one of our favorite western towns and we drove southwest for several hours with a lunch stop in Cortez, CO within view of Mesa Verde National Park and the Sleeping Ute Mountain. As we headed south the landscape dramatically changed, with the mountains being replaced by long flat vistas of buttes and mesas peppering a treeless dry dessert.
Leaving Santa Fe we drove through Española up New Mexico 68, stopping in the little town of Dixon along the way for a cup of coffee. We found one at the grocery/ deli/ town gathering place—you couldn’t miss it for the front end of an old car emerging from the wall of the building OVER the entrance.
We love the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Most people think of it as an arty town, but there are so many activities going on during the Summer. The Santa Fe Opera has returned, people are going to the farmers market at the Railyard (which we adore)
Three years ago on a previous RV trip, I had spent a week at Ghost Ranch taking a watercolor workshop. When an opportunity arose to return for a Fourth of July weekend I took full advantage of it.
During the 1540’s after hearing rumors that there were cities of gold in northern New Spain (present day New Mexico), Spanish conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and a group of soldiers set out on a quest of discovery to find what was known as “The Seven Cities of Gold“.
Leaving the heat of Carlsbad, we passed by the town of Roswell, New Mexico. Roswell likes to promote itself as the home of space alien encounters and the Chamber of Commerce has taken it to heart:
After traveling over 1500 miles in the Roge Mahal since the first of June, we were ready to see something completely different from the tropical greenery and foliage of south Florida.
This Summer we decide to travel in our RV “The Roge Mahal” and head west, to Utah with short and long stays in between. Pre-Planning for this trip and where we would be camping took us-about two months as we wanted to make sure we would find state parks and campgrounds we would enjoy.