Dawson, New Mexico – Grandpa and the ghost town

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Dawson is a ghost town in northeastern New Mexico. Like so many abandoned places, it was a mining town whose fortunes rose and fell with the mine itself.

But this isn’t just any old ghost town. No, this one is special, with a unique family connection so that I had to visit it. You see, for a brief moment in time, my grandpa owned the old Dawson Hotel.

Taos Pueblo Powwow – A cool New Mexico event

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I hadn’t really intended to go to the Taos Pueblo Powwow. In fact, I didn’t know anything about it until we saw a sign while wandering around town.

So it was sheer luck that I was there at the right time for the Powwow, and I’m sure glad that I was! It was very cool to see, and there’s a lot more to it…

Ouch! Getting hurt on the road

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Nobody likes to get sick. Or hurt. Or anything that leaves you feeling like less than your normal capable self.

But stuff happens, right? Even when you’re on the road, traveling by yourself through who knows where. Perhaps you’re way off in the boonies, with miles of nothing between you and any kind of help.

American Spring – Free camping near Los Alamos

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It was the 4th of July holiday weekend, and the Jemez area was packed! Every scenic stop was crawling with people, and every trailhead had a half mile of overflow parking along the road. Valles Caldera was impossible!

Do you ever get that feeling “Get me out of here!” I abandoned the Jemez, blew by Valles Caldera, and headed towards Los Alamos. My destination was a boondocking spot in the Santa Fe National Forest.

Zennie needs to chill! Painting the roof to keep it cool

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Zennie has a metal roof, and boy, does it get hot up there! 😮 On hot sunny days in the desert, the roof can get so hot you can’t touch it without burning yourself. I’m not sure exactly how hot that is, but I’ve felt it too many times!

This heat is a problem, and I’d read that painting your RV roof can make a real difference.

Cliffs and Camping at the Gila Forks

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I’m camped at this lovely spot right above the Gila River, with fabulous cliffs just across the way.

From my spot at the Forks campground, it’s an easy walk down to the river, where I spent some time on this warm summer day dangling my feet in the water, thinking of everything and nothing. 🙂

New Mexico boondocking – Cattlemen Trail

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Most of the Gila forest is north of Silver City, but there’s a little piece to the south, in the Big Burro Mountains. Taking highway 90 from Lordsburg to Silver City, where you cross the summit and the Continental Divide, there’s a turnoff where you’ll find easy boondocking.

Cattlemen Trail is not an official campground, but you’ll see stone fire rings left by previous campers.