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Old 02-21-2016, 02:01 PM   #15
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#6 Dan & Vera

Two more openings available for Quemado, May 9th, 2016, Monday, departing at or before 9AM to Base Camp from the Forest Service Office at Quemado, NM.

Any one interested can go to Post #6 and send me their information so I can get you onto the list for any further information.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:17 AM   #16
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Quemado, NM exploration plans

This year, with fair weather, the 2016 group will try to rediscover the group of Pit Houses within a mile of the Base Camp. Last year the monsoon left muddy road and everyone had to stay close to the main county road. We were unable to get to where these 1000 year old pit houses are lined up on a low mesa overlooking the pine forest.

For those who like to walk, elk and deer antler sheds are fun to find. Just takes a lot of walking... and walking.

My favorite group of Pit Houses are at a base of a 600 foot Mesa where at one time a series of flowing springs provided water. Maybe twenty pit houses, which is a large community. Weather permitting, YOU will be taken into this area and are expected to discover their location. Before we leave to find these pit houses, ancestors to the Cliff Dwellers, you will have an idea of what to look for. Usually you will be standing in the middle of a small ancient town and not realize you are... already there!

The chalcedony "rosettes" are scattered among the weathered volcanics in the Base Camp area. Last year... some of the best specimens were found while hunting for the pit houses in the pine forest. Never found the pit houses, but plenty of agates in the forum of "potato chips" and flat discs of solid agate. Most under 2 inches, but well worth the hunt.

The Gila Cliff Dwellings are within driving distance from Reserve and Glenwood, NM. Find it on a map. Once you are at Base Camp, some might want to ride together and visit these beautiful dwellings. Small, but as well preserved as Mesa Verde cliff dwellings. There is a museum and guides to show you around.

Be prepared with hiking shoes that are comfortable and well broken to fit your feet.
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:03 AM   #17
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Ahab is now #7.

There is one more space available and this adventure goes to Trailers in Waiting.
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Old 03-31-2016, 10:48 AM   #18
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I looked over previous posts and thought I would throw this out before it is too late.

We will be leaving Castle Rock on May 7th Saturday, 'camp' at the Sandia Casino, Albuquerque on the East Side parking area off of Hummingbird Lane, leave Sandia the next morning to Soccoro, NM and west to Quemado for the evening. Parking where ever we can.
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Old 04-13-2016, 11:36 PM   #19
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The latest Victims

After missing the last Gila Rockdocking event, I was ecstatic to have caught this May event.

Unfortunately for me (and possibly fortunately for someone else) my 40 hour a week job which should have received and completed a government Request for Proposal (RFP) by now has stymied me again.

I have been told we will get an RFP on 1 May and have two weeks to respond. This shoots me right out of the saddle so I will have to hope to catch some other Rockdocking event down the road.

Since I am near my "full retirement age", I am hoping this is the last time that making a living gets in the way of me being able to enjoy life!

I live only a few miles from Sandia Casino, so maybe I can pop up there and buy you a drink on your way through.

Meanwhile, please scratch Dan & Vera, since we won't be able to attend.
(The government strikes again!)
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Old 04-22-2016, 12:09 PM   #20
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TWO open Positions are available...

An Itinerary for 2016 Quemado, NM Adventure was sent out this morning to the following members. If you had planned on coming and did not receive a copy... you are not on the list. The current list is:

#1- Ray Eklund
#2- Ice Man
#3- Lumatic
#4- Runwoman
#5- Ahab

If anyone is unable to attend, please contact me so you will not be expected. The two who were unable to attend, thank you for letting me know in advance. It does help.

On my trip into New Mexico from Colorado, we 'camp' at the Sandia Casino parking lot on the East Side off of Hummingbird Lane. This most likely will be Saturday May 7th and leaving for Quemado on Sunday May 8th in the morning arriving early afternoon.

There now are TWO open positions, if interested.

Contact: boondockingairstream@gmail.com
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:02 PM   #21
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Free detailed map source/
1. Go to www.geocaching.com (you might have to join but it's free and fun)
2. Click on "Play"
3. Click on "Find a Geocache"
4. Search "Quemado, NM"
5. Pick the geocache "Spirit of Quemado Community Cemetery"
6. Scroll down to the 2nd map then click on "view larger map"

You can now zoom in any direction as well as in and out. Scroll down the map until you get to the turnoff on rt 32 and take it from there. You will have to zoom in quite a bit for the forest roads to show.

PS. I think I figured out where base camp is with Ray's directions but if I come in late if someone can flag the route from the turnoff on rt 32 you will get a special prize.
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Old 05-15-2016, 03:48 PM   #22
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Quemado, NM Survivors: Seven to Three...

We had four cancellations for a number of issues in late April, leaving three members to endure two days of light drizzle at Quemado Lake campsite, temperatures dipping into the upper 20's and 30's by morning with crystal blue pleasant days for the other three days.

Frost was not on the Itinerary, but WAS evident.

The two 'Never Been to Quemado' did get a real lesson in Off the Grid camping and the meaning of a three dog night to keep warm. Two used generators to maintain their comfort levels and Nancy and I added more covers for the cold snap for May. When we needed to heat the interior of the trailer around 3AM, I had the tow vehicle attached idling to maintain 12 volts plus minimum battery charge and managed to find 41 degrees as... our comfort level just before sunrise. Batteries maintained 11.0 to 11.5 volts with minimal power use, other than fresh water pump use during the day for cooking or filling water bottles for hiking.

Trailer's right sides with door OPEN catching full sunrise in the morning... the trailer heated up faster than any furnace could manage. The 5% humidity is wonderful. The air was cool, and the sun was hot. Only someone at elevation can experience this. If you wanted to cool down... stand in the shade of a tree. Really.... When you adjust to temperature at elevation... 55 degrees is HOT.

Amazing... we did find the group of Anasazi Pit Houses that were not located last year. After some further searching, several more sites were found that were unknown to us.

Those with health issues... get well. We missed you. Adventures will always exist. Only our health and time to experience them is short.

Those from last year's trip... Nancy and I went to Slaughter Mesa and found a higher elevation, about 8,000 feet campsite... which cooled down to only 51 degrees that evening! Almost one sheet and a light cover for comfortable sleep. Room for ten trailers... but in the deep woods full of Elk. Did not find one Elk Antler, unlike Richard from last years trip. Walked miles....

If the other two that managed to make it this year have any experiences to share... do not be bashful, as we are now in southern Nevada digging rock and planning time for some Las Vegas buffets. These upper 80's and low 90's and lots of sun are spoiling us! Greenhorn Boondocking in Colorado will be something to look forward... unless it snows, rains, sleets, gets too hot, too cold and any other Rocky Mountain adventure possibilities.
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Ray, glad you had a nice experience. I am looking forward to the greenhorn adventure in June. I suppose you heard that Kathy and Ted had to drop out, due to health issues for Ted. We wish them both luck and a quick recovery. Evelyn.
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Wish I could have seen the rest of those pit houses, Ray.


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Old 05-15-2016, 04:40 PM   #25
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Ladies 'In Training' with my wife Nancy...

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Ray, glad you had a nice experience. I am looking forward to the greenhorn adventure in June. I suppose you heard that Kathy and Ted had to drop out, due to health issues for Ted. We wish them both luck and a quick recovery. Evelyn.
Nancy connected our lap top computer to the Internet today and received the message from Kathy. Three years ago, I forget, the four of us went together to pick up their first Airstream. Ted's FIRST trip through Denver traffic was an experience for everyone, especially Ted. I remember MY first hour towing... I aged more than necessary, while Nancy hung onto whatever seemed to be attached to the tow vehicle's door. I did not realize you could measure sweat by the bottle!

Nancy will be working with the Ladies on this Greenhorn Adventure on some days. We have had plenty of time thinking of important details, while on the road and when camped among the trees, bees and flies. She had some good ideas that will come to good use, shortly.

I will be working with the Dogs in attendance and those in the 'Dog House', if you know what I mean.

The Guys... they will have have to listen to either myself or keeping track of the dogs in attendance. ...and if they think they are going to get a pass on this adventure... better think twice. After the Quemado Adventure, I have MORE tough procedures to... endure. One... NEVER lose your patience with your wife while backing up into a tight spot. For one important reason...

IF you think you are that good... we will all watch and make comments, if necessary. It is a team effort to 'learn' how to signal to the one looking in the rear view mirror. I know it can be frustrating. It is... At times you, as the driver, will have to get out of the tow vehicle and see what mess you find yourself.

The weather should be absolutely... indifferent to our being there!

I do not care if you have towed for one hour or 400 years... we will ALL work with those who need one on one tips.

I thought I knew it all, until I was married.

That will be something to think about on this Adventure. It will take all of the help we can get. I show no mercy nor compassion, except to those Ladies in attendance. I KNOW who is in charge. You will shortly!

But when things goes to Hell... we Guys know how to play this game!
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2016 Quemado, New Mexico May Adventure

Quote: "If the other two that managed to make it this year have any experiences to share... do not be bashful,"

The location was extraordinary:


Ray's right about the temps: 32 or below every night - I recorded a 29 and a 27. 45 inside the trailer. Each AM about 5:30 - 5:45 I'd start the trusty Honda and run the furnace up to 60 while the coffee was brewing.

This also underscores an advantage of the Queen over the Twins - no fighting over who gets to sleep with the dogs. Truly three-dog-nights. Our littlest curls up around my wife's nape like a fur collar and makes her all toasty.

At the end there was a little scuffle over who got to take Blue home -- Nancy won. Not sure there was really a contest there....
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Was everyone attending just running off two grp 24 or 27 batteries and couldn't keep the furnace running at 50F-60F at night?

No one had solar?

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No solar. All three of us had Hondas and the batteries were adequate to keep my trailer at 45 - 50 degrees, although it appears Ray used the Tundra to supplement the battery capacity while I used the Honda. My batteries are the factory issued Lead Acid and were reading 12.1 to 12.2 after a night maintaining 45 degrees. One of the trailers was a 1971 Trade Wind - not sure what it has for batteries. I think Ray has AGMs.
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