We had a good but all too short visit at the Ranch Escapee park in Lakewood, NM. Probably the friendliest one of all so far. We had an easy run of 150 miles down US-285 to Ft. Stockton, TX. We stopped in Pecos, TX for fuel ($4.03) and 52 gallons gave is almost 10 mpg for the last 500 miles. Awesome!! That’s as good as it gets. We were going to stay at a Passport America park but instead we are at the Fort Stockton RV Park. This is our third stay here over the years. The first time it was a KOA and the A-frame is still here but the park is much better. Very friendly staff and a good restaurant to boot. This place has many pull-thrus and can accommodate 45 ft rigs. There is a new Prevost Marathon ($1.5Mil) next to us. I think we make him look good lol! Tomorrow we will try to make it to the Hondo, TX Escapee park for a 1 week stay. We are considering leasing a lot here and we figured we ought to look the place over first. Its close to San Antonio and we’ll get a Taco Cabana fix and see Sam’s Club for groceries. After that we move on to the Colorado River Thousand Trails Preserve for 3 weeks.
We did a little more than 200 miles today. What an easy run south on US 285. Four lanes all the way with very little traffic. We’re at the Escapee park “The Ranch” in Lakewood, NM just 16 miles north of Carlsbad. This is probably the friendliest SKP park we have ever visited. As soon as we arrived, a loud bell was rung announcing a visitor. Hugs all around. The a fun and funny happy hour. We’ll probably stay here one more night and then on to Ft. Stockton, TX for a night and then a 300 mile day to The Escapee Park in Hondo, TX for a week.
We did a short, 200 mile run today to the outskirts of Albuquerque. We are staying at the High Desert RV Park. It is just off I-40 Exit 149. Very nice park with 50 Amp full hookups. We get the network channels on the batwing antenna. Pay Wifi is available. We would stay here again. $21 for a wide 50A pull-thru.
Tomorrow we’re off 240 miles to the Original Ranch Escapee Park just north of Carlsbad, NM
Canyon de Chelly (Pronounced SHAY) is about 45 miles North of the Hubbell Trading Post just outside the town of Chinle. We’ve seen a lot of Canyons, but this one is among the top 3. Canyon walls 30 feet high at the entrance and rising to over 1000 feet further down canyon.
Just after the above picture the wind, dust, lightning, and rain started. We took shelter at this overlook and this was the view out the window.
5 minutes later. The 120 mile ride home was interesting with 55 mph crosswinds and some near total brown outs from blowing sand. Its good to be back in the rig. Tomorrow we’re off to Albuquerque, NM for one night and then southeast towards San Antonio, TX for several months.
We visited this wonderful old Navaho Trading Post. Established in 1873 and in operation continuously since then.