Birthday in Sedona, Arizona

What a birthday surprise this day became.  We drove the scenic Hwy 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona for the Mexican Independence Festival.  The Red Rock Canyon drive was stunning with spiral hairpin  curves and steep grades.  Yet, we arrived safely and were so pleased with the scenery.  This area of Arizona makes me smile over and over at its beauty.

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The Grand Canyon Day Trip

A day trip to the Grand Canyon is just a sip of a delicious  drink  of spring water after a dusty hike. It tastes wonderful, but it makes you thirstier for more. We vow to return for a longer stay and to experience the Grand Canyon for more than just a day.  Words can do little to express the emotions we felt as we looked out over the expanse.  The crowds were in awe just as we were,  there was a reverence at each rim view.   I shall not try to enhance an already perfect place, but will share the photos that are worth many more words than I have for this wonderful place. Continue reading

Enchanted RV Park in Albuquerque

Office

Office

We spent four nights at the Enchanted RV Parks in Albuquerque.  It is located next door to Camping World, which was convenient for us on this trip.

It was a cute retro facility with various retro trailers that they rent out like a hotel room.

It provided free wi-fi, cable TV, swimming pool, and laundry.  With our Good Sam’s discount we still paid $36 a night.

We would stay here again.

 

Vintage Trailers at Enchanted RV Park

Vintage Trailers at Enchanted RV Park

Darling....

Darling….

Cochiti Lake Campground

The lake is a Corps of Engineering facility on the Cochiti Reservation. Our site with the Senior Pass discount was $10 a night for electric and water, there is a dump station nearby.

We found the camp quiet during the week. We were told that week-ends are booked solid. It has a boat dock, swim area and lots of campsites with various utilities. We chose a site with water and electric but did not hook up the water for the size of the campsite. The electric only sites were narrow for larger rigs with slides.

We were within 5 miles of the Tent Rocks and 23 miles from Santa Fe. Close by was a golf course, a couple of small towns or villages on the reservation, some were really classy and obviously expensive.

We will continue to stop here if we are in the area again.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

After leaving Santa Rosa, New Mexico we drove to Cochiti Lake about 23 miles from Santa Fe. We had the option of a large site with a lovely view for two nights or a not so nice view site for three nights. We chose the lovely view. We enjoyed daytime watching the birds and the smoke from the fire in the hills and then after dark, we watched the stars twinkle ever so bright. Continue reading

Our Labor Day Week-end in Santa Rosa, New Mexico

We love to visit small towns and Santa Rosa is no different. Santa Rosa is divided by pre-1937 Route 66 (now I-40). It too has a scenic drive that a geologist would find exciting just south of downtown. We drove highway 91 past Rattles Snake Canyon to Puerto de Luna (Gateway to the Moon), a former county seat and early adobe village. The story is that Puerto de Luna was once a thriving community but alas the railroads chose Santa Rosa as their route and thus Puerto de Luna lost out.

Puerto de Luna is home to Our Lady of Refuge Church and the story is that Billy the Kid visited often and had many friends in the area. He supposedly had his last Christmas dinner there with Father Gzybowski, who was influential in the Church’s Slavic design. Still standing is the Church in great beauty, the original Guadalupe County Court House and the classic adobe architecture is still evident in the homes in the area.

Another drive north gave a very different landscape. The paved road to Santa Rosa State Lake is only seven miles and an easy drive through. It less craggy and more serene scenery. The lake is beautiful, a bit low in water but not nearly as low as we expected. The campsites were shaded, each had a shelter and a picnic table and showers and restrooms nearby. Some sites had electric and water and some electric only and others offered no utilities. Unfortunately for us it was booked solid for the Labor Day week-end when we would be here. We will certainly try next time. It is a Corps of Engineer Lake and our Senior Pass would have helped the budget.

Santa Rosa is touted as “The City of Natural Lakes”, its’ Blue Hole is one of seven sister lakes joined underground by a vast system of water. The Blue Hole is a geological phenomenon called the Santa Rosa Sink. It is 80+ feet deep and shaped like a bowl. There are underground caves but they are grated to protect the everyday divers. We stopped by the Blue Hole and found it crowded with young people diving from cliff sides into the deep round pool which is a steady 68 degrees F. It was such fun watching them think about if this is a good decision to jump or dive or maybe just let someone else go first. The water is clear blue and it bubbles when they submerge. This place is open year round with winter being its’ busiest season. We admired it but did not have the desire to experience it ourselves. There was once a time when we would have joined in. The incredible beauty of the Blue Hole is considered the “Sapphire of Santa Rosa”, according to the pamphlet given to us at the Blue Hole Center.
We stayed at Santa Rosa RV Park on Route 66/I-40. The review is another blog. We enjoyed our time in Santa Rosa and will be heading out to visit Santa Fe and then Albuquerque.

Santa Rosa Campground Review

We spent the Labor Day week-end here after leaving Post, Texas. By contrast this park is a good-sized park with various amenities: free wi-fi, swimming pool, ranges of hook-ups, laundry facility, gift shop, and a restaurant that will actually deliver dinners to your trailer. One can dine in or be catered!
Its’ website list an Escapees discount but once here, we learned that they only accept Good Sam’s discount cards. I don’t know why they discontinued the Escapees discount.
The staff was helpful and took good care of us and other campers. They do a good job in keeping the site and facility clean and tidy. This was the nicest commercial RV Park in the area in our opinion.
It is an attractive park with clean spaces. The utilities are shared, the RVs are parked head to toe which allows a door/patio view not to be facing sewer lines. The views are of the New Mexico northern landscapes and very pretty at sundown. It was a quiet park for us and we enjoyed our stay.
There are several historic and geological local sites to see as well as the Route 66 car museum.
We would have enjoyed it more if it had not cost $36 a night with the discount. However, considering what we got for our money, we would return again.