Organ Pipe National Park

Organ Pipe National Park

About Me

I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mountains and Snow, March 2-3

After a short tour of Dallas and favorable weather forecasts for our next destination we headed for the tiny little village of Tierra Amarillo, New Mexico.  (Frequent readers may recognize this as the little town my son Conlan lives in. ) Joel's goal was to cross into New Mexico by days end.  At first, it appeared he wouldn't achieve his goal because it started snowing in Amarillo, Texas. I don't like driving in the snow and particularly don't like driving in snow late in the day.  I did some quick research on the IPhone and determined were heading straight into the eye of the storm and would be through it within a few miles so we charged on. The snow let up and the skies cleared.  (Ya gotta love these smart phones. )  We crossed the border into New Mexico and spent the night at the welcome center....very nice.

The next morning we woke  up to very  cold, clear, blue skies and headed towards Santa Fe.  Initial plans were to spend the day in Santa Fe but after stopping in Santa Fe and negotiating the weekend crowds we decided to return at another time and headed directly for Tierra Amarillo about 95 miles up the road.

The drive along Highway 85 was easy and beautiful and the late afternoon sun brought out the color of the  red rocks along the road.

We arrived at "The Ranch" early enough to enjoy a fresh blanket of snow.

We didn't have any trouble parking and setting up.
 The views are spectacular from all of the windows.

 "The Ranch"  is 350 acres of land owned by Conlan's girfriend, Gayle and has been in her family for three generations.  It is rural and very quiet and located about eleven miles south west of Tierra Amarillo.  The closet grocery store is in Chama about 25 miles away.  Nope, you don't run to the corner store for a quart of mile!

Yes, it was a little chilly. Conlan and Gayle swear we arrived on the coldest day of the year so far, but we stayed nice and cozy in the Big House.  We have everything we need here and there is a lot to explore.

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