Hidden Valley RV Mountain Resort, Tijeras, NM
On Monday, Mar. 16th, Bill and I got up at 6:30. The last hour was one of restlessness for me, tossing and turning, stretching an ache in my left leg. Has to be the travel days even though they aren’t long ones. We had our brew together and sitting there I was rewarded with a beautiful sky and sunrise. The visible clouds weren’t threatening and soon dissipated.
We saw Oreo and Keith outside around 8 starting to close his camper down. We went out to get goodbye hugs. By 8:35 he was pulling out. I needed to change the time zone on my camera so picture times were correct.
|Cute picture of two good friends|
|Aah, look at that cute little Oreo|
I'll miss seeing her
|See ya back home, Keith!|
It was a cool 27F/-3C when we got up but promising warmth in our direction of travel. Even Gallup was rising to 64F which is very nice. We took our time on I-40, the road much better in this section and even more beautiful views today.
|A New Mexico picture isn't complete without a train rumbling through|
|I liked this view with all the terrain contrasts|
|Turning into the fuel station, this stainless steel diner|
caught my eye
|this should be an Airstream diner|
I chatted on text with Bridgette back home and my sisters. Many are concerned about what they’re hearing on the news, encouraging us to get home before Mar. 23rd. Not our family, the news media. We’re sticking to the plan, so far playing things by ear.
|Still some rocky landscapes along this part of I-40|
After setting up Bill and I made some lunch. I had a wrap and Bill had a sandwich which hit the spot. Imagine that, we were eating right on time! Then, Bill and I took a drive into Albuquerque to the Rich Ford dealership. We’d decided to have the truck looked at and see what was involved and how long it would take to get it fixed. We met a nice man, Travis, in the service department who said they’d try to get at it today or if not, first thing in the morning. We couldn’t ask for any more than that.
It was a possibility that we could have been shuttled the 18 miles back to the park but we didn’t think Ken would mind coming to get us. And we were right about that, good friends help you out when in need. We’ve sure experienced that this winter again and again. After Ken brought us home, we felt like a nap was in order so stretched back in our recliners for 30 minutes before Happy Hour. The sun was very warm and welcoming.
|A commenter suggested this Route 66 Casino for an overnight stop|
It would be great, there was a lot of room in the parking lot
|Two or three ospreys flew over before Albuquerque|
and we remembered the airport
|Even these aren't just plain concrete|
|This is for my buddy, Pat|
Remember us trying to capture these vases on camera?
I only got one today!
While he was visiting, Bill got a text that the resolve for the turbo issue was an easy one and that it was covered under warranty! Well, things are looking up! We were expecting the worst and this wasn’t the case, TG again. Travis said he would text again when it was ready. We carried on visiting, laughing and telling stories from home and around here regarding the virus, the store shortages, crossing border issues and at 4:50 the second text came in.
|Our turn off|
arilynne called during our HH expressing concern over our health and safety. It sounded like a sincere ‘shouldn’t you be coming home?’ Bill chatted with her and put her mind at ease that we are fine and will take all the precautions from here on in. I hope she feels better after talking to him about our situation.
|Our park greeter posed for me|
|And then had to show me her pretty side|
something weird about this
Ken drove Bill back to get Black Beauty and I came in to see what concoction I could make for supper. I had an idea now that we had plugins. We had some Italian meatballs in the freezer to be eaten so instead of following an oven meatball casserole recipe, I made one up out of my head that I would attempt in Madame IP.
|Rich Ford sure treated us well|
They got a good review later
that is the second awesome Ford experience we've had in the s/w
We’ll see, you may get a different report at the end of this meal prep than you’ve ever seen before. First, I added a cup of water to the IP. I added oil to my inner pot, then meatballs, then marinara sauce, then chopped celery, peppers, onions, more sauce, broken up spaghetti noodles and mozzarella cheese on top. Was Bill ready for this meal? We’ll find out! He returned around 6 from town. Thanks, Ken, for the lift, again!
|And then there were Four - three, you know what I mean!|
|See? Four of us - oh, forget it!|
I thought this would be a quick supper but the first 10 minutes + NR wasn’t enough. The second 7 minutes + MR wasn’t enough so finally, the 3rd and last try worked. It was for 15 minutes with MR. The spaghetti was cooked and so were the veggies. Bill and I both enjoyed it but it was 7 o’clock before we were eating.
|After 1st attempt at cooking but noodles and veggies weren't soft|
|Looks like a simple spaghetti and meatball dish|
but it was delicious all the same!
We did the dishes and I walked outside to get a picture of where we are. It’s too dark for any others so that will wait for my morning walk. You can bet I’ll be having one! It is a nice trail here, maybe you’ll remember it from our visit last year. This was a much better day as far as our travel and upsets. There were none! We missed Keith at Happy Hour but we did hear that he had a very long driving day (which he wanted) and has settled in Clinton, OK. We have had a good time with him and Oreo this winter.
|We're settled here for a couple of nights|
and Black Beauty is smiling again
Good night everyone!
Thank you for stopping by!