10/5/16 (Wednesday) in Pena Blanca, NM (Tetilla Peak Recreation Area-COE)
Neither of us slept all that well last night. We’d planned to go to Bandelier National Monument today but after putting our picnic lunch together I said I’d rather stay home today. I had lots more projects to attend to and could use a rest from all our driving. John agreed, tackling one of his own. That was to put a cloth under Miss Journey’s engine to check for drips, trying to decipher our coolant issue. Not being able to stay at this site for the time we’d originally planned instigated our thinking about our current plans. In the end we decided we could live without Carlsbad Caverns and Roswell, NM, therefore we could quickly make our way to Val Vista RV in Mesa, AZ. That meant canceling current reservations and making new ones. I also mapped our our paths to the next campgrounds. Then I spent the rest of the day on my blog. John was busy getting his new phone “back to normal”.
NOTE: yesterday, when John was getting his phone at Costco, we talked to the Verizon lady about the Balloon Fiesta. I had noted that Costco sells packages of 4 tickets for it. She explained that to get the best experience you need to be on the balloon park around 3 am. You need to come that early or otherwise you’ll be sitting in stalled traffic much of the morning. The balloons will go up at 7 am (if no weather issues), then they have events all morning and all evening. Another person said the best event is Thursday night, the Glowdeo, when they have the “shaped” balloons lit up on the field. This person was local and said most people got their parking tickets online. We’ve noted that both Albuquerque and Sante Fe are really crowded. Not a good time to do other tourist things. We’d love to enjoy this Balloon experience, but we’ll come back after signing up with a group that can lead us through it all.