Time Spent in New Mexico

Posted by on April 3, 2019

Tuesday, March 26th we were back on the road heading east and away from Arizona where we’d been since early January.  Seemed strange to say goodbye but we were both ready.

Our journey took us to Alamogordo, New Mexico (just under 300 mile drive) where we stayed at the Boothill RV park for 2 nights.  That gave us a chance to get caught up with work and laundry!  We hadn’t had full hook ups or access to laundry in 11 days!

The park turned out to be a nice place with a long pull through for us to pull into, laundry facilities, nicely manicured roads, etc.

We’d been in the area a couple of years ago and had visited White Sands National Monument, White Sands Missile Range, stayed at Holloman Air Force base, visited the NM Museum of Space History and several pistachio shops.

We also took a day trip to Cloudcroft.  (Read about that HERE) While there we enjoyed a very romantic (and pricey) 6 course meal at Rebecca’s.  We both enjoyed it so much and had wonderful memories that we decided a ‘do over’ was in order.

Our server finishing our Chateaubriand

We made reservations for Wednesday night and looked forward to it all day.  We arrived shortly before our reservation and took a seat at the bar for a few minutes before we were escorted to our table.

I’d checked their online menu to be sure that they still offered the Chateaubriand special…they did…6 course meal (appetizer, soup, salad, sorbet, entrée & dessert) for two.  When our waitress told us what came with the meal she said, ‘soup or salad’ and had to question her and was told that it had been changed to one or the other not both.  I told her that wasn’t what their website stated and she said ok.

Completed dish. We had so much leftover we had ‘Chateaubriand Hash’ for breakfast a couple of days later!

She came back later and said that the manager said I must have been looking at a menu from somewhere else…Yelp, Travel Advisor, etc…because their website was up to date.  I had my phone next to me and it had their website pulled up so I showed her and she said…’Oh, I’ll have to yell at my manager’.  In the end we got the meal we were there for at the price we expected.

Our meal spanned several hours and we enjoyed it very much…we even took leftovers home to enjoy at a later date.  The drive back down the mountain was as enjoyable as it was in the past…one we’d recommend anyone taking if in the area.

First time we’ve ever been escorted to a site by a bicycle

The following day, Thursday, we pulled up stakes and headed north to Tucumcari, New Mexico.  Just 230ish miles, so it was a fairly easy drive.  We pulled into the Blaze-in-Saddle RV Park about 3:00 pm and were escorted to a nice wide pull-through site for the next week.

We didn’t have any real plans for Tucumcari…it just happened to be along the route toward Norman and we’d never been there so it was as good a spot to stop as any.

LOTS of wind mills

Saturday March 30th was my 53rd birthday and with no real plans we ended up driving to Clovis (80 miles south) to do some errands and grab some dinner.  The drive there was kind of ‘blah’…not a lot of scenery other than LOTS of windmills and not much traffic either.

Much prettier drive home…

However, the drive home was a bit more scenic (we took a different route) – cows, farms, mesas, etc…still not much traffic…but that was ok.

We tried Thai City for dinner and weren’t real pleased.  They didn’t have the appetizer we ordered.  My soup came after my meal (Michael got his before his meal).  Michael’s battered chicken was soggy, my chicken was bland.  Just not the best experience.

Our dinner companions

On Monday, 4/1, we were blessed to share dinner with our Heartland friends, Don & Vicky and Vicky’s mom, Cristell.  Don & Vicky live about an hour south of Tucumcari but Cristell lives in Tucumcari.  We met for dinner at Del’s…open since 1956! We had very enjoyable meal and really enjoyed getting the chance to meet Cristell.

Our spot for the week.

We really enjoyed our stay in Tucumcari and have already decided we’ll be back.  With not a whole lot of site-seeing to worry about we got plenty of time to work (it’s been CRAZY busy) and also had time to relax.  There are a few things we’d like to see in the area so we’ll plan accordingly next time.

Our neighbors for several nights

The park has been busy with over-nighters all week….many being snowbirds heading back north for the summer.  Some even had horses with them and there are horse stables right behind us…so that was fun!

Our week’s stay went quickly and tomorrow we continue west…but only 115 miles to Amarillo, Texas where we’ll be staying for another week.  Have some exciting things to do during our stay…can’t wait.

We want to hear from you...whatcha got to say??