A Huffin’ And A Puffin’ – New Mexico (GA43)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 22nd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort at Acton, California. I’m expecting to depart here March 27th.



Since my RVing life is changing (see above), I’m starting to re-visit previously visited places. So rather than constantly re-blogging past entries, I’ve decided to do something different.



In 2012-2013, Mary and I did a 682 day, 12,679 miles in the motorhome and 8,000 miles in the Bronco, circumnavigation of the United States, which I called The Great Adventure. I called it so because other than my oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in June in Connecticut, I didn’t know where we would be going or when we would be there!



So, unless I do something really different and unusual warranting a new blog entry, I’ll be posting entries from that trip.



This entry was posted March 8, 2012…




Two days ago we departed Douglas, Arizona. We had another planned stop in the Chirichaua Mountains, but with high winds in the weather forecast we pressed on to our current location of Pancho Villa State Park at Columbus, New Mexico.



The first about 60 miles of the trip along Arizona State Highway 80 went smoothly as the winds from the south-southwest were acting as a tail-wind into New Mexico. However when we turned right and headed east on New Mexico State Highway 9…the 30+ mile an hour winds were for the most part hitting us near broadside for the next about 100 miles. Nothing out there to block the wind…






As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…












Fortunately we arrived safely at Pancho Villa State Park about 2;00 PM and got settled in as the winds by then had increased to a steady 40+ miles per hour. The winds continued to huff and puff all through the night. Yesterday morning’s sunrise was cloudy and dusty…







As the day progressed the winds increased to about a steady 50 miles per hour with gusts to over 70 miles per hour. Despite the fact that I had managed to park the motorhome so that the winds hit us on the right rear-quarter of the motorhome…we still did a fair amount of rockin’ and rollin’. All day long…it continued. We are at the very southerly end of the park so as the wind rolled in over the open desert we got blasted with sand and dust all day long.



Here are some photos that I took that do not do the windstorm justice. If it were a clear day, Mexico can be plainly seen only three miles away. Not yesterday…




















So we hunkered down and stayed in the motorhome all day. I did a lot of computer work, played some spider solitaire and read. Mary worked on her various projects. When we turned in for the night…the wind was still a huffin’ and a puffin’. It finally died out during the night and this morning things are peaceful and calm once again. It was quite a 36 hour-long experience.



Local area roads including Interstate Highway 10 all across the State of New Mexico and New Mexico Highway 11 from Columbus to Deming were closed for several hours yesterday afternoon. Wind gusts to 75 miles per hour were reported.



Winds of these type are somewhat frequent in the southwest as Spring approaches. Two years ago today, March 8, 2011, I published a Blog entry about another high-wind we experienced. It was quite a happening. You can read all about it by clicking this link…



Here’s Mary’s Blog entry for that day…



I think there is a song with the words “some days are diamonds, some days are dust”. Yesterday was a dusty one…literally. Fortunately they do not happen frequently!











 Yesterday was partly sunny and 74 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 63 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2017

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