Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Goodbye, Columbus. [Pancho Villa State Park, New Mexico]


I really like Rockhound State Park, and had a wonderful time last time I was here. This time, circumstances were just a little off, so I moved on quickly to Pancho Villa State Park. I had it in my head that that was my real destination, so I didn't fight it.


Pancho Villa S.P. had a friendly vibe last time I was here (March 2014), and it didn't disappoint me this time. Sparsely populated right now, probably because no one can stand upright outdoors. It was so windy I had to take down my butt-tent and sleep hardshell like a common Yellowstone visitor.


Carol, from Diary of an Adventurous Lady, is full of energy, and her blog is always upbeat. It was so cold a body could freeze waiting for water to boil, and she made sure to intercept me to invite me in for coffee. She travels in a drool-worthy Chinook ("Jeremiah").


David (Pleinguy) is in his second year of full-timing in his peppy red-and-white Lazy Daze ("Tardis"). We got to chat over enchiladas.


Frank doesn't blog, or email. In fact, he only turns his phone on two times a week. He has been full-timing since 1999 in his silver cargo van ("______").



You'll want to visit the Pink Store in Palomas. You'll probably want to enjoy a margarita. WARNING: just because they're cheap doesn't mean they're weak. Later you'll shop, and realize the margaritas weren't "cheap" after all.















Tonight I'm in Truth or Consequences. Tomorrow, back to Datil. I really only intended to be gone for two days; I should have brought more underwear.




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19 comments:

jillbertini said...

You only need two pair of underwear - one to wear and one to wash!

Evie said...

Love your pictures.

Sandy S Harris said...

Love the pics, and great tip on the margaritas.

Bill said...

Where ever your travels take you, best wishes for a joy-filled season!

Dragonfly said...

Nice to hear you talked to my friend pleinguy. Isn't his rv awesome?
Lovely pics as usual and glad you didn't blow away.

Good Luck Duck said...

Jill, you're a true traveler!

Thanks, Evie!

Thanks, Sandy - yes, watch the margaritas.

Thank you, Bill! The same to you!

Dragonfly, there's no telling where'd I'd be when the wind stopped blowing.

Al Bossence said...

Rock Hound State Park NM was our first experience with an RV oriented State Park back in late 06. Overnighted, liked it & the next day moved onto Pancho Villa in Columbus. We really liked it there as well. Spent our first Christmas on the road at Pancho Villa. And we loved the Pink Store. Had some dental work done & we both had new glasses made in the little mall behind the Pink Store. All the best in the New Year:))

Contessa said...

So you'll be home for Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy Christmas in the mountains; we stayed for the holidays in 2012. Hope you have lots of propane...you might need it!

Renee

VtChris said...

Great pics! I love your blog posts. And you too of course. Drive safely. I am meeting Andy in Tucson tomorrow for lunch......at the only place open, The Sheraton, and me without any fancy duds.

JO said...

Nice pictures the parks look awesome too. Did you already turn your underwear outside In?
Will you have a little tree in the cabin? Well Merry Christmas Again

Lynda Bogart Stilley said...

Merry Christmas, Roxie. Hope you have a splendid New Year and will take us along...

Barbara D said...

I remember the wind there - it can be pretty fearsome. The first time I was at Pancho Villa was one of the few times I turned The Palms into the wind to stop all the rocking, which I usually like (reminds me of sleeping in a boat). I was afraid we were going to tilt and fall over on our side!

It'll be nice to be home for Christmas - Merry Christmas, Roxi!

Nan Talley said...

Hey, just wash out the underwear and let it dry! You are a trouper, you can do it! Merry Christmas.....

Pam said...

I just said today "I wish we were spending Christmas in New Mexico." One of these years. Sorry to hear about the wind though, not a big fan of wind I'll take cold over wind any day.

Jodee Gravel said...

Hope your Christmas was merry and calm in your little cabin.

Good Luck Duck said...

Jodee, it was. And, I spent the whole day in pleasant company - some of it was even other people. :oD

Pam, the wind tries my nerves, too, if I'm in the tent. Once I'm inside a structure, I enjoy it.

Nan, you're saying I could make do with one pair? Merry Christmas.

Barbara, it was just like that. Intense in tents.

Thank you, Lynda! I'll always take you guys along.

Jo, that was my first trick. Okay for a week, then I needed a fresh ... idea.

Thanks, Chris! Love you, too.

We got snow last night, Renee. It wasn't a driving snow, it just parachuted in.

I was, Contessa!

Al, I think you hit the highlights of the area. Also the library, to which I gave short shrift in this post, but it's great.

Shadowmoss said...

So the common wisdom for you when traveling is that you need twice the money AND twice the underwear?

Here's to a great 2015.

Al Christensen said...

When is the wind NOT howling at PVSP?

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