The Southwest

We decided to head to southwest New Mexico. First stop  during our travels to the southwest was Brantley Lake State Park outside of Carlsbad.  We decided to stop in Artesia, just north of Carlsbad, to check out our old family home there.  We haven’t been back in 34 years!  The house was unrecognizable, almost, it looked horrible! Best to leave the past in the past.

Next stop, Las Cruses. We stayed at the KOA there and the KOA was located on a mesa overlooking the city.  The view was pretty cool.

We were planning on staying at the City of Rocks State Park near Silver City but all the sites were taken.  We did stop at the visitor center and parked so we could check out The City of  Rocks.  We wandered through the rock formations.  The formations are made up of geological volcanic stones.  Some of them are 40 feet high. The rocks were formed 34.9 million years ago.  You can walk through the rocks with plenty of paths to choose from, the paths are just like walking on streets through a rock town.  Gizzy  liked it too. It really was impressive.

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We stayed at the Westerly RV park located outside of Durango, Colorado in between mountains.  Across the street was a hot springs spa called the Trimble.  It’s Colorado’s only geothermal waters, day spa and is open all year.   George and I watched some women in the RV  park walking around in robes and flip flops. We thought what the heck?!  We discovered they were going to the hot springs which was a 30 second walk across the street. So we put on our suits and jackets and flip flaps and moseyed  on over.  Cook, our RV host gave us  a half off coupon to the spa and for the two of us it was $18.00. They had a hot springs pool and also the biggest heated outdoor pool around.  The hot springs pool was divided into two parts. One end was 103 degrees and the other end was 107 degrees.  We sat in the 103 degree  side first, then made our way to the hotter side, it was so  breathtaking looking up at the mountain and blue sky sitting in this pool, wow! It was November and here we were outside in our bathing suits relaxing in the hot springs. Talk about  the life of Riley. Continue reading Durango