Albuquerque, New Mexico -- May 3-8

Tuesday we packed it all up and headed west. We somehow completely missed Cadillac Ranch! Oh well, at least we’ve been there before… We briefly celebrated our passage across the New Mexico border and then continued west. The view from the road is mostly desert out here. If it wasn’t for the signs at the border, you’d never know the difference between the Texas panhandle and eastern New Mexico. We stopped briefly for gas at a small mom-and-pop station, and we also took a few pictures at Santa Rosa.

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Tales from the Tiki Bar, Tinkertown

Wow. If you come to Albuquerque, one thing not to be missed is Ross and Carla Ward’s Tinkertown Museum. Fabulous collection of the whimsical and historical along with Ross’ skillfully and lovingly carved Old West figures in their tiny town dioramas. My favorite part was the full miniature circus, complete with authentic carney banners – authentic because the artist himself was a real circus banner painter – and original photos from the old circus and carney days.

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Learning to Chill

I normally think of myself as a fairly laid back person, moreso than most. And yet even I have my moments where I get frustrated. It isn’t pretty. Today was one of those days. There were a lot of factors, but the one issue that was at the root of it was our propane gas in the popup. Earlier in the week we found that the gas was leaking from somewhere around the main cylinder valve.

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Tales from Vagabondia, the Ancient Way

Greetings from the middle of nowhere. For real. The nearest ATM is an almost 20-mile round trip. Nearest Walmart is in Grants, NM, 40 miles one way. Here is a mix of unique people dealing with life together in a secluded, beautiful place. Life and living can be harsh in this high desert area, but to them it’s all worth it. Here everyone is free to be themselves or figure out who that self might be or become.

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Tails from the Tiki Bar

[written 5/25/2011] Yes, tails – great, furry, wagging, flagging tails! We visited the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary today (Wednesday) after a long, leisurely hike at El Morro, the historic inscription rock with signatures and sentiments of travelers to this only sure watering hole dating from the 1600s and petroglyphs up to 1000 years old and native ruins atop a high bluff. The wolves were awesome with their amber eyes and musical howls.

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Vive les Fran├žais!

Saturday evening (May 14) we returned to camp at the Bernalillo, NM KOA to discover a van full of French youth at the spot next to ours. (L-R – John, Salome, Julien, Regis) We introduced ourselves and had a nice long chat, exchanging information and tips. They have been in Canada for the last year on a work visa, working odd jobs for awhile in Vancouver, then eventually at the ski facilities at Whistler.

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A Bigger Tent -- on Wheels

There is a saying in the RV world, especially true for those who intend to travel full-time: Buy your third RV first. Of course most people start with a small travel trailer and graduate to a larger fifth-wheel. Others start with a little Class C motor home (built on a van chassis) and end up driving one of those monster buses. I think it is safe to say that Dixie and I are one of the very few to even attempt to travel full-time in nothing but a car and a tent.

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The Tiki BaRV -- a Reality!

The Tiki BarV is open! Roxi is an excellent little proprietress serving up her special concoctions and showing off Speedy the snake to unsuspecting patrons. She loves the traveling life and adventure. Come see us if we come near your neck of the woods! Tent-sweet-tent lost its appeal fairly quickly. It wasn’t bad, but all our stuff was jumbled in the back of the Montero, and I could never find what I needed without digging and many expletives.

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Communications on the Road: Update

Since my last post on communicating on the road, we have had a major change in plans. Yeah, stop me if you’ve heard this one before. LOL A car (or now, our SUV) won’t carry a satellite dish very well (especially since it will be packed to the roof with camping gear) so we are being forced to change our plans for internet on the road. Some of the resources we utilized when researching this issue are the many full-time RV travelers out there.

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Welcome to New Mexico (again)

As we planned our trip out and selected places to stop and visit, New Mexico received several pins on the map. Most were in the southern or western parts of the state, but I think both of us regarded New Mexico as the true start of our trip, new territory to be explored. And then we began talking about places we had been before, and as it turns out we’re not exactly strangers to the land of enchantment!

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