We are in Silver City, NM. Bill and Lisa have gone on ahead and I am to write a blog. Bill put lots of pictures of the last 2 days on the computer, but do you think I can find them? Plus he does not answer his cell phone...so no pictures today. When you do get to see them, you are in for a treat.
On Wed. they left the campground at Cabello Lake in a misty rainy situation. But the day did get better. They had a climb of 2,000 feet that day and did very well. The last 1000 was done in about 8 miles. We visited a bed and breakfast, Black Range Lodge, in Kingston, NM because Kevin and Katie were chilling out there. There are 15 people who live in Kingston! This couple are running this bed and breakfast, but the main thing they are doing is building houses from straw bales! We went on a tour. It was very interesting. They have radiant heat in the floors. She is an author and has written several books concerning this subject. If you want to know more about this type of construction go to: www.strawbalecentral.com
There had been snow in the mountains and there were several snowplows passing us. On Thurs. all four rode together. It was to be the biggest climb of the week. The total rise on Thurs. was 3,0000. We crossed over the Continental Divide twice. Took pictures at one. The views were spectacalular. We stayed in a National Forest Service Campground and had electricity but the water froze. With our Golden Age Pass it was 3.50 to camp!!!
On Fri. all of us jumped in the motor home and drove to the Gila Cliff Dwellings further into the mountains. What an experience! We were there early and thus pretty much alone and had the undivided attention of the volunteer guide. These people lived in caves centuries ago much like the Tarahumaran Indians do in Mexico to this day! We have good pictures. The drive there was so pretty. We took lots of scenery pictures.
After that side trip we parted ways with Kevin and Katie and we drove on into Silver City. It is about 10,000 population. Lisa and I did some shopping while Bill took care of some business. We had a wonderful restaurant meal. We even were able to walk to the restaurant about 7 blocks away.
I have had a hard time the last two days. First I must not have latched the door to the microwave and the glass plate fell out and broke in to many slivery pieces. Thus I had a giant clean up. Now we are looking for another plate. Also, I once again drove off with out getting in the door mat. This is the 2nd one on this trip, but #5 since buying this motor home! Worst of all I cooked bacon and eggs for everyone on Thurs. a.m. and had a new too large skillet that we have used before but I guess the length of time kept the heat trapped and the knobs on the two burner stove melted. It was lots of fun trying to turn off the gas. But my man rose to the occasion! We can still use one burner, but have ordered a new stove to be delivered to friends in AZ.
We probably will not have cell or internet service for a few days. Tomorrow will be the last day Lisa will be with us. She is flying out of Phoenix on Monday. Friends, Frank and Betty Smith, are coming to join us tomorrow and will take her on to Phoenix on Sun late. We have really enjoyed having her with us. I was relieved someone was with Bill on these kind of roads and Bill was glad to have Lisa!