Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
These little guys are so cute, its no wonder.
Some have even migrated to the driving range next door.
Charles Hardin Holley better known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer, songwriter, and a pioneer of rock and roll. The change of spelling of "Holley" to "Holly" came about because of an error in a contract he was asked to sign, listing him as Buddy Holly, That spelling was then adopted for his professional career.
Buddy Holly is considered one of the most influential founding fathers of rock 'n roll. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Although his career was cut short, his work is considered among the finest in rock. His work and innovations were copied by his contemporaries and those who were to follow, including the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and had a major influence on popular music.
Back out in the parking lot of the Buddy Holly Center we saw this HUGE thing in the not too far distance.We had to check out what it was and found our way to the American Wind Power Center....a windmill park!
A close up of the one we saw from a distance.
A view from inside the Windmill Center. Windmills in all shapes and sizes.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
One more map. This is a paper map of the states that Bob affixed to the inside of the basement door. He has drawn on the route we've taken since we left Delaware.
This week is the Lubbock County Fair so of course late afternoon thunderstorms are the order of the day. Today was no different. The sky as seen from our front yard.
That was pretty much our day. We got dinner out of the way and watched Survivor and first show of the new season for CSI.
I wonder what tomorrow will bring......
Bob went in search of a Ford dealership to get a slightly overdue oil change for the truck and I took take care of things here at home. Five loads of laundry later Bob returned with the truck full of clean oil and all washed and shiny.
I walked around the RV park today and took some pictures.
The entrance to our park. Look at that sky, I think a storm is coming in.
When we first pulled up to this park we noticed the Crosseyed Cricket Gift Shop was a part of it. Remember Crosseyed Cricket from our stay in Missouri? Crosseyed Cricket Canoe Company? Now I'm SURE a storm is coming in!
A picture of the pool....tiniest pool I have ever seen! Must fit all of four people at one time.
Our site number here is # 7....just like in Missouri. We like these power pedestals, nicest we've ever seen. Excuse the hoses and lines, we'll get those neatened up. Wouldn't it be something if the owners names are Dan and Barb?
In the late afternoon a storm came in as you can see by the pictures above. Weather warnings were a constant on the TV and skies were certainly threatening. The worst of the storm(s) were all around us, thank heaven! We did venture out to yet another Hundred Dollar Store, is there really any other store than Walmart? I'm beginning to wonder! This was a new store and one of the new GREEN Walmart's. The store wasn't busy at all because of the impending storm so we really got to see how the new green stores work. In the frozen food section the lights are not on in the freezer cases until you get close to one. A motion detector picks up movement and the lights come on. A good way to save energy, why keep them lit when no one is looking? Kudos to Walmart for doing their part in conserving energy!
We stocked up on food for the next five days and picked up a new cell phone charger for the truck. You guessed it, didn't get out for less than $100 on this trip!
By the time we got back from grocery shopping it was nearly eight, much too late to cook anything so we had a dinner of sandwiches and spent the rest of the evening researching campgrounds in New Mexico and sights that we want to see in this area.
A productive day to say the least.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
We also passed another almost dry river bed. You can still see tiny little pools of water.
We made a pit stop at a little gas station/store and outside was this cactus. Our first cactus! The cactus has already bloomed, darnit, and whats left are the red "tuna", yep, tuna, just like the fish. The fella who was getting gas told me that the tuna are used for making jelly. Tuna jelly,,,,I don't think so!
So we made our way to the campground where we going to be staying for the next few days. We need to rest, to relax, to do laundry, to food shop, to get an oil change to WALK rather than ride.
After a quick spaghetti dinner we settled in for the night. We got out the tour books, maps and set up our computers to start planning our tour of New Mexico.
By mid-afternoon we thought we had better call Altus AFB to see if they had space available for us. Hmmm,,,no phone number, what to do, what to do. When you're on the road and need a phone number, call somebody back in Delaware and ask them to get a phone number off the Internet. So we called our friends Mickey and Cindy and told them what we needed. OK, they'll call us back with the info. I guess we were anxious and they weren't calling back fast enough so we called them again. No answer. Now what? I know, call KK, I know she's home. She was and said she would fire up her computer, get us a number and call us back. Well, as luck would have it they called back one right after the other with two different numbers. We called both numbers and kept getting moved around the base and finally got an answer that the FamCamp was full. The last lady we talked to recommended Friendship Inn. Now, I'm afraid that just doesn't sound like a campground to me and I was right. It was a motel but they had RV spaces. OK, that will work. So we find this place only to find that they have overhangs which are much to low for us to go under. I called the Inn and the lady explained that yes they did have RV spaces but they were 2 miles away from the Inn. Now that sounds better. So we parked and I went in to get the "key" and pay for the night. A reasonable $18.00. We were given directions to an Mobile Home Park which is being converted to an RV park. Being converted are the operative words here. So we finally find the place and are totally confused! Nothing is marked, no direction given as to where our "site" is. There are metal things sticking up out of the ground (tie down stakes for mobile homes) the hookup services are far apart so that we have to bring out extension cords which were packed away and one of the permanent residents came over to "help" us. He was a kind man and he wanted to help (and TALK) but put him with two tired people who want nothing more than to get set up so we can eat and get some rest, well, we just weren't the best company. He was so nice he even told us that he had wireless Internet and that if we wanted to try and see if we could get the signal we were welcome to sign on.
So we finally got set up.
Another traveling day down!
A working oil well! This was pumping for all its worth. To show you how close it was to our rig here's a picture of it again with the end of truck in the picture.
We sat outside and talked with a couple from Montana who are also on their way to New Mexico. It is a permanent move for them.
After dinner we turned in early as we decided not to stay here for any length of time. We checked the Internet and there just isn't anything to see in the area that is of interest to us.
It was shortly after getting fuel that we made the wrong turn. And that's all I'll say about that.
About a 45 minutes down the road we realized we were going the wrong way and turned around. On the way back to the right road we came across every RV'ers nightmare.
Somehow they managed to get the rig unhooked from the truck. I can't imagine trying to do that knowing the propane tanks have to blow sometime.
Thankfully, the owners of the rig got away unharmed. We can only hope they weren't full timers and all their worldly possessions weren't in the rig. It was a total loss.
After a half hour waiting for this to clear we were on our way again. Shortly thereafter we were on the road we were supposed to be on. The scenery got much better!
I don't remember the name of the town we were going through when we saw this. We've seen this before in Missouri but this town added one more. Hot, Cold and Warm!
Pretty soon we were out in the open range again.
Today was a trying day. We didn't get as an early start as we hoped, we made a wrong turn which made us drive 70 miles more than we wanted to, we got held up by the unfortunate RV fire, it was warm, we're tired, hungry, and we both just wanted out of the truck.
Not every day is a day in paradise,,,,,but then, wouldn't that be boring?
Sunday, September 23, 2007
This is our scenery as we travel down the road.
We weren't sure where the campground we wanted to stay was so we called them on the cell phone only to find out it had been in the July 07 flood and wasn't up and running yet. Buckeye Mobile Home Estates and RV Parking was recommended to us. We got a number and called to check availability and to get directions. We found it with no problem.