Moving on – to Tijeras,NM.

4/16/15 Thursday in Tijeras,NM (Hidden Valley-ROD)

This morning’s adventure: when John went out to watch the bedroom slide come in (yes, that’s so small and easy, I asked for it out), he noticed the topper/awning for the driver’s side slide was all rumpled up. It had been manhandled by the constant heavy winds of yesterday’s travels-even with the slide in the whole time. Thank heavens, with no current wind he managed to manually work at straightening it out after I’d let the slide out some. When we brought it back in everything went smoothly.

We stopped at the Flying J just beyond the campground, on our way out, then we were on I-40 by 8:30am. I like early starts. I like to get to our destination asap. Plus there was heavy wind predicted again-getting higher mph as the day went on.

The landscape got more like desert as we drove along, except for the bluffs and hills. Still climbing in elevation.  The Historic marker was at the rest area we stopped at.

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You could say this was a day our headlights wanted attention. First when we were leaving Tucumcari I noticed that the car headlights had been left on during our prior trip, as we towed the car. Then when we arrived in Tijeras and were getting set up, I turned off the engine. A high pitched sound then ensued. Finally John had a chance to get into the rig and he knew that it was because he’d forgotten to turn off Miss Journey’s headlights!

Once settled, still leaving our jacks up -level site- and slides in due to predicted heavy winds (25-35 mph with gusts). I got the wash going, we had lunch, then went grocery shopping. Both Costco and Smith’s (a Kroger grocery store) are about 10 miles from us, on the east end of Albuquerque.

This campground is truly in the mountains (the Sandia and Manzano Mountain ranges), it’s very dry (10% humidity) and there are Kroger stores. Surely we are now in the WEST.

Hidden Valley-ROD campground: it’s up in the mountain, so your approach is narrow and steep, just at the east end of a gas station. Close sights, some of the lower numbers not very level. Some trees, so satellite reception is possible. FHU, with 50 amps available at $5/night. More rustic in style-great if you love the mountains of New Mexico!



About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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