Santa Rosa Lake State Park, New Mexico Day 3 (GA271)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,500+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 23rd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here


The motorhome is parked at American Legion Post #19 in Yuma, Arizona. I expect to be here for a while.


This entry was posted October 21, 2012…


Mary remains at home in California tending to medical issues.



The motorhome is currently parked at Santa Rosa Lake State Park, about 125 miles east of Albuquerque.



Yesterday morning started with a crystal clear pre-sunrise…as seen through the somewhat dirty windshield of the motorhome…






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…
















The auto-focus feature of my camera changed the colors when I angled own to catch the reflection on the roof of the Bronco…






Also yesterday, I started working on my route which I’ll take to south Texas to hide from the cold weather in the coming weeks. I’m an ex-engineer and just cannot help myself…plan and do. I do this because I would hate to drive nearby a place I would have enjoyed only to have missed it because I failed to do a little homework. My destination lies approximately 775 miles southeast of my current location as shown by this Google Earth image…






Researching potential routes involves the use of maps, books and the Internet…






The results of identifying the one of several potential routes which might be taken is then transferred to the map…



It’s a somewhat time-consuming process…but all I have is time. The results shown in the above photo took about two hours of research. I’ll decode it for you…



I’ll be crossing into Texas just east of Clovis, New Mexico. The circled numbers indicate the page number of the Texas Visitors Guidebook on which detailed information about that location can be found. The circled C indicates some form of camping is available there. The circled A means an American Legion and the circled E means an Eagles Club. Other code letters in the future will be V for a VFW Post, M for a Moose Club, etc… Pretty simple yet it works, And all this time you thought I just stumbled upon all the nice places and things I get to visit. Well, now you know my secret.



In addition to that, the other element I need to pay close attention too is the elevation of potential places I plan to visit.



Going too fast too soon means excessive elevation drop means hotter temperatures. Santa Rosa Lake elevation is 4,800 feet and yesterday’s temperature was 86 degrees…getting kind of warm again! My planned stop in Lubbock, Texas which is only 200 miles ahead was 92 yesterday. That’s why a traveler needs to pay attention to elevation.



So I need to slow my forward pace a bit. I was planning to leave here on Monday but will most likely now leave on Wednesday. As I tell folks…It’s a lousy job, but someones got to do it!  🙂



Enjoying beautiful lakes is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!



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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Forecast for today is sunny and 82 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 Arizona. 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 at Rogue River, Oregon, October, 2017…

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…

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

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All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2018

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