We have to make a trip back to Arizona and clean out our storage shed since we have sold the property so we are embarking on a little trip.
The summer trip has been planned for awhile to go to Colorado and explore some areas so when we knew we had to clear out the shed we decided to combine the two.
Our friends, Pat & Heike Garrett, will be joining us in Colorado in a few days, but for the first week we will be winging it by ourselves.
Sunday July 15th we get up bright and early and set our sites for Santa Rosa, NM.
I have to say we have made this trip quite a few times, and it is really not exciting.
Our stay tonight will be at the Santa Rosa RV Park.
We get all set up and decide to go and try dinner at one of the local spots I saw as we drove in.
The Mexican food platter at The Silver Moon Restaurant was quite tasty.
There just so happened to have a Dairy Queen right across the street, so you guessed it, we had a blizzard for desert!
By the time we got back to the park it had filled up quite a bit with overnight travelers.
Goodnight world....for tomorrow we go to Pie Town!
July 16th Monday
We have heard our friends talk about the little town of Pie Town New Mexico and since we aren't in a big hurry to get to Arizona, looks like today will be our day to make it there.
The ride was nice.
Our altitude climbed quite a bit today...so that makes for a lot cooler temperature than what we have been having in Oklahoma.
Not a bad idea!
Pie Town, NM....have you ever been there....well, all I can say, is don't blink or you will miss it....LOL
We pull into the Pie-O-Neer Pie shop and quickly find that they are closed on Monday.
Not to spoil our day, we just drive a little further to the west and come upon The Gatherin Place.
Greeted by the owner, telling us that we don't have to leave our dog out in the truck as he has set up an area just for the puppies.
Thanks for the offer, but Miss Bronco will be just fine sitting in the truck...she doesn't mind one bit!
As we enter the little store we walk into what seems to be the baking area.
There are a couple of ladies covered in flour making cut outs in the flour to make the pies that look quite appealing.
We go into the restaurant area and meet the cook and the waitress.
The owner tells us that the steak and eggs are also on the menu all day long.
I noticed the Green Chili Stew and decide that is what I would like to eat.
Chuck gets the Chicken Pot Pie.
The food was quite outstanding and left no room in our bellies for us to eat the much talked about pies they have for sale.
The case of pies has every flavor a person could want.
We decide to take a couple of pies to go and make our choices.
I come out with a Caramel Apple....and Chuck gets a White Chocolate Cherry.
These will be great later on tonight!
Our destination for this day is the little town of Springerville, AZ.
As soon as we pulled in the park the host shows up and gets all our information and shows us where to park.
We are basically the only RV in the middle section of the lots.
There are about 6 other RV's scattered around the park and look like they are there for a longer time than we are.
The evening temperature is wonderful....and we were there for the late afternoon shower that the host told us had been happening quite a bit lately.
The almost 7000 ft. altitude was great.
The little park was very nice and clean and the newly laid rocks made for a nice level site.
Chuck found out about this RV Park from the owner when he was making our reservations in Cortez, CO....so glad we were able to stay here and give them some business.
We find out that there are no local TV stations and we will have to rely on the DISH, but not going to worry about it this evening as we have to get some rest so we can make our way to Florence, AZ tomorrow and beat the heat....crossing our fingers that we can get in and out of there quickly.
July 17th, Tuesday.
We are up and on our way by 7am Arizona time.
So glad we are able to leave the Taj-Mah-Hauler in Springerville and just drive Big Bertha to Florence today.
This should make things a little easier and less stressful.
The traffic is not bad at all and we make good time going through the Salt River Canyon.
We have loaded all we can load and are out of Desert Gardens by 11:10am.
Its a whoppin 94 degrees when we left and even though it is a "dry" heat....it was HOT!
We made it back to Springerville by 3pm.
Now to unload and pack all our stuff in the trailer so we can continue on to Colorado!
As we almost got everything unloaded we had to stop as we had a shower that decided to come by the area.
It didn't last too long and by 5:30pm we had everything in Taji and ready to find some food for dinner.
Our host had told me about the Booga Red's Restaurant, and I noticed it as we drove through town, so we decided to check it out.
At this time in the day, it was just nice to sit and relax for a bit.
The food was good and the margarita wasn't too bad either!
The daily call to DISH is such a pain, but I have to say the app the girl told me about to find the satellites was a big help. (SatFinderLite)
The storms left us with a beautiful sunset this evening.
July 18th Wednesday.
For dinner we drove up the road a mile and got a burger.
The reason we stopped here is they had outdoor seating so we knew Miss Bronco could go with us.
We get back to the rig just in time for another rain shower.
One interesting thing we encountered along the way was a herd of sheep...they look as if they had gotten out of their fields and were grazing along the road side.
Thought about asking if they needed Bronco to get them back where they belonged, but she just didn't seem to be in the mood to herd today.
By the way, the gentlemen that I spoke with the night before in Gallop, well, he is parked in our same RV Park.
He came by and said hello to us.
Small world, huh!