We finally arrived in Angel Fire, NM late Friday afternoon. It was a long beautiful drive bringing us to Eagle Nest, our last town before turning off towards Angel Fire. This is also where the Pilot decided to change into Levis and tennis shoes. The temperature had dropped to 64 degrees and we knew all was right in the world.
Eagle Nest Lake greeted us as we rounded our last curve in Cimarron Canyon which had brought us up to 8,400 feet. This view is what I think serenity looks like…the lake, the peacefulness of the valley with homes tucked here and there and knowing we were almost at the end of our trip.
We drove into Monte Verde RV Park around 5:30pm. Lynn and Maria, owners of this park, were really good about guiding us as we backed into our site. I sighed in relief as we put the slides out after spending three days closed in with a large dog attached to our leg at all times.
Side Note: We choose to believe that Bella isn’t insecure or neurotic but just has an abundant amount of love to share!
This is the view from our front window. We woke up Saturday morning to temperatures of 50 degrees, birds singing and cold floors! Mind you, I’m not complaining but I did run back to the closet and put on some slippers. The flowers pictured in the field are purple Penstemon. We also have feathered Sage growing around our patio.
Oh, you know that 8,400 feet elevation I referred to above? Well, it has somewhat knocked the breath out of me…literally. It’s difficult for me to breathe right now but I know with a few days of acclimation everything will be back to normal. It hasn’t affected the Pilot as much. But, both of us have experienced some light-headedness. Of course, that could be from the giddiness we’re experiencing in being in such a beautiful place!
As you look to the right out our window you can see a horse shed. I can hardly wait to see the horses. I want to take a trail ride around the area but don’t know if I can talk the Pilot into doing it too. He’s allergic to those beautiful creatures.
Further to the right of the horse shed and nestled at the base of the mountain is a 12 denominational church. There’s a little bit of something for everyone there. However, not to be missed is actually communing while in the outdoors and thanking whoever your greater power is for creating this beautiful land.
Our very first challenge has been getting us connected to the Internet… consistently. Fortunately, the RV park is set up for it but we are being blocked by twos huge 5th wheeler/toy hauler and some trees. This is a problem that we need to resolve for not only here but at other campgrounds. In order to do this blog I had to go outside get a connection. We’ve been on the phone with Verizon…with no help and will call Wilson tomorrow.
The first neighbor we met was Brett Wolfe, Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee and Advisor of FMCA Forum at Family Motor Coach Association. He and the Pilot have had their heads together since we arrived. It’s like living next door to your doctor!
He filled the Pilot’s head with great information and when the Pilot offered to share his knowledge of jet engines, Brett’s hilarious response was,
“They’re like black boxes to me and as long as they stay in the air I’m happy.”
I think that we’re going to thoroughly enjoy ourselves here as we tour the surrounding areas. We’ve got quite a few magazines and pamphlets to figure out what to do.
Then, I’m going to start baking and see what changes I’ll need to make along the way. That, and copious notes on those same changes! In the interim, picture us contented…and cool!
Side Note 2: A special thanks to our BFF FB FT RVing friend, Candace Rivero, for recommending this RV park…via her FT RVing Mom, Lu Kaegi. For those of you who hate acronyms, BFF FB FT stands for Best Friend Forever on FaceBook Fulltiming RV friend.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to John & Peggi McDonald as they fight the good fight in John’s battle with cancer. Peggi wrote RV Living in the 21st Century. It was one of the first books we bought when we were researching this lifestyle. I’ve followed her blog ever since. You can read her blog at http://www.rvliving.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4823 for any updates. Our prayers are with them during this time. Please add them to yours.
Stay strong and steady with the wind always blowing at your back
as you travel down the road to your next adventure.
Until next week…keep creating Sentimental Journeyz in your RV.