Tracy and I have been friends since 2018. I met Tracy through her son Tim after she lost her husband in the fall of 2017. We immediately became the best of friends and now we are more like sisters than friends.
After I was on the road off and on with my tear drop for a few years I decided I was going bigger and was going to travel full-time. I bought an F150 and a 23′ Vintage camper and traded in the teardrop.
So happens she missed her camping days with her husband and wanted to try the full-time thing too. She ordered a 13 foot Scamp and we traveled alongside each other from October 2018 through 2021.
Since then we have both sold our campers and laid down roots. She is in Texas and I am in Tennessee. We were talking on the phone and decided to take some time for a short road trip this fall. We chatted over the phone where we would like to go and what we would like to visit. With me in Tennessee and her in South Texas, we decided to meet in San Antonio to begin our adventure.
I had the longest drive, almost 16 hours, so, I decided to stop in Arkansas for the night. I had never been to Hot Springs National Park and that it how far I traveled the first day.
Early the following morning I left for San Antonio. The traffic was crazy from Dallas through Austin and into San Antonio but, I did manage to make one stop!
I finally arrived in San Antonio in the early evening where I met up with Tracy.
We will spend the next few days exploring the city of San Antonio and visiting the missions.
San Antonio is a great mix of culture, history and modern art. As much as I enjoyed the city, it’s officially time to get the road trip started!
We leave the city and drive north to the hill country where we will pick up a class C motor home that we rented for the next 14 days!
We load our belongings into the camper, park our cars and head off to spend our first night in Pecos, Texas. We found a nice campground and settled in for the night.
In the morning we head to White City, New Mexico where we will spend the night and visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
The next morning we drive north stopping in Artesia, New Mexico. The town has so much history for the size. Down Main Street are many bronze statues and a few murals.
Roswell, New Mexico is our next stop.
Tracy stated to me that she thought Roswell would be a smaller place. It actually is about 30 square miles and has a population of around 48,000 give or take a few abductions!
Our destination for this evening and the next few days will be Santa Fe, New Mexico. It will be a nice change of pace to be in one place for a few days.
There was a lot of walking today and will be more tomorrow but it’s nice to relax in the RV this evening.
Thank goodness for the bus! 50 cents a day to ride wherever you need to go. We are on our way back downtown for more sites and the Farmers Market.
Now for a little shopping. If your looking to spend some money this is the place for you! Not me, you! Tracy and I both bought some soft fuzzy blankets and did some window shopping but it was time to relax. So, on the bus and back to the RV park.
One of the things that we really wanted to do while we were in the Santa Fe area, was visit some of the nearby Pueblo communities. As we found out at the visitors center, all were closed to the public due to covid.
After some downtime and a good night’s sleep (I slept in the bed over the cab with the pups ) we head out of Santa Fe for Durango, Colorado for the night.
The anticipation for this next day is crazy. We are taking the RV on the Million Dollar Highway. So, from Durango to Montrose, Colorado we are driving Highway 550, said to be a very dangerous highway.
Knowing there are all kinds of sharp curves, steep drop offs, no guardrails and mountain passes, we are not in a hurry and will be safe taking our time. Here we go!
We made it safe and sound in Montrose, Colorado. I must say that I really enjoyed the beauty of the drive and can see how it could be very dangerous in bad weather or in fog.
We gas up and have lunch while in Montrose then drive to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park where we will spend the night.
The next morning it’s coffee for me and hot chocolate for Tracy. We actually had a really nice campsite with electric hook-ups.
TTraveling out of the Gunnison Valley was a little hairy but we only waited about 30 minutes for our turn to travel through the construction.
Last stop of the day. The Great Sand Dunes National Park
Time to find a place to stay the night and rest from all the driving today.
We found a small clean campground in La Veta, Colorado that just happened to have an Octoberfest going on the next day. You know we had to check it out!
After we finish the Octoberfest in La Veta we make our way to the other side of Trinidad, Colorado where we will spend a few days with Tracy’s son. First though a good breakfast in Walsenburg, Colorado at the H&H cafe.
It was a welcome break to just relax and do nothing for a few days. We celebrated Tracy’s birthday and had a visit from her cousin Laura. It was nice.
It is so interesting to me that along the stretch of road we will be leaving on today, there are all these abandoned communities. There is no reason why the people up and left. Maybe it was drought. Some even left everything in the abandoned dwellings. There are some interesting articles online about people who have actually sought out these towns and explored them if you check out the following towns.
As we continue our travel to Dodge City, Kansas we find Bent’s Old Fort outside of La Junta, Colorado. We have visited many forts but this one was truly like walking back in time.
Traveling east on Highway 50 in Colorado just before Granada was the Amache Japanese American Relocation Center which was used as an internment camp for Japanese Americans after the attack of Pearl Harbor.
One more stop before our final destination today.
Finally we have reached Dodge City, Kansas and we are starving. We checked in at our campground and found an Italian restaurant on Main Street that was so very good.
Tomorrow we explore Dodge City and start to make our way back to Canyon Lake, Texas.
There was so much more to see but we need to get on the road if we want to make Elk City, Oklahoma by dark.
Jacobs Well appeared on the GPS so we should check it out, right! Hang on to your seats we are about to take a wild ride through some downright sketchy roads of rock. Ten miles back.
We have reached our destination for this evening, the Route 66 RV Park in Elk City, Oklahoma. In the morning we will visit the museum.
Time to move on and we will be staying in Santa Anna, Texas tonight. But, not before a few more stops.
We stop for the night at a city park in Santa Anna, Texas. Tomorrow will be our last day on the road.
Oh what I would do for a Starbucks! An hour or two and we will be at our last destination for the night
Another place I think I would enjoy visiting is Fredricksburg, Texas. German culture and history abound. It is also known for its wine and award winning shopping. We had lunch at the Chinese restaurant there on Main Street.
This blog is dedicated to my friend, my sister, my family, my travel buddy….Tracy. I hope we will be blessed with more trips in the future.
Hi! My name is Lori and four years ago I retired from the Postal Service after 30 years of service. I have always wanted to see this great country called America. At 58 years of age I embarked on my journey in a teardrop camper. I traveled part time at first, then after two years I got a 23 foot camper, sold my condo and now it's how I live! I enjoy writing about my adventures and sharing them with the world.
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