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Old 10-04-2008, 12:35 PM   #15
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The road over the pass from Chama into Colorado is to kill for if aspens impress you.
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Old 10-04-2008, 03:37 PM   #16
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The road over the pass from Chama into Colorado is to kill for if aspens impress you.
What I find best is what's at the end of that road: Pagosa Springs! We love to go soak in the hot springs there, though I've never had the gumption to make it down into the Lobster Pot yet. It's one thing to cook yourself, yet quite another to boil yourself!

But leaves? Nope, I still prefer that stretch of really high country on Hwy 64 from Tres Piedras over to Tierra Amarilla/Chama! Amazing country! But it's so lonely up there that the state does not plow the road until all else is done.


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So we had to come back home prematurely and did not get to see the wolf preserve or any of the surrounding areas. (We did make it to Chaco and to Bosque del Apache.)

The problem was a pretty ugly intermittant short in the 12 volt system, which would immediately cause the one circuit breaker to stay tripped and, with a little more time, to burn up the big 40 amp glass fuse. So I disconnected all 12 volt power leads to the distribution, and we drove home the day before yesterday.

This morning I started tracing the problem. It was very fortunate that the short was still showing up when I started, so things were quite a lot easier. It was a pinched positive wire leading to the furnace, which would ground out to the body of the furnace and short out everything in sight.

So much for that vacation! But, like I said, we did manage to get to a couple of places.


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Oh what a bummer! It sucks when that sort of thing happens. I was looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Maybe next time out you will have better luck. Tell you what, find somebody silly enough to watch the shop over new years and come on down to the beach. I expect another AS couple I know to be there. It would be warmer than the mountains for sure.
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Oh what a bummer! It sucks when that sort of thing happens. I was looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Maybe next time out you will have better luck. Tell you what, find somebody silly enough to watch the shop over new years and come on down to the beach. I expect another AS couple I know to be there. It would be warmer than the mountains for sure.
Yeah, it was a MAJOR bummer!

What does sort of entice us at this point is the 4CU rally down at Cottonwood in February. Why? Well, it's not just because the rally would be a real kick! It's that winter is coming here: It snowed the day before our arrival back here, and the weather is obviously just going to go downhill from now on out. February is just about the worst of it, exactly when we're literally desperate for anyplace warmer than here!


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What does sort of entice us at this point is the 4CU rally down at Cottonwood in February

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I hear that, if it were 1000 miles closer Id be all over that one. As it is, I will have to content myself with my nascent tradition of Christmas and new years on the beach.
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Didn't take many pics on this trip (for sort of obvious reasons), but the few I took are now in the blog:

Trip to Chaco and Bosque del Apache, Fall 2008 : Angel Fire Blogs


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nice images, looks like the trip was fun, what there was of it.
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I hear that, if it were 1000 miles closer Id be all over that one. As it is, I will have to content myself with my nascent tradition of Christmas and new years on the beach.
Beach doesn't sound too shabby, either, as long as it's not a frozen, icy beach! In truth, Maria would love it more than I since my preferences lean toward mountains and deserts. (That explains why we've been talking some about spending winters at Cabo San Lucas.)


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Lynn, too bad about the shortened trip. Now that the wire is fixed, why not go somewhere?

Glad you got to Chaco Canyon. It is an amazing place. The roads in vary a lot depending on when it's rained and when there's been some maintenance. The south road was very muddy last time we were there and we picked up a woman who got her car stuck—not a road for two wheel drive. The good thing about the roads is it keeps the place from being over run by tourists (like us).

It's obvious Rodney needs a trip right soon. Every other post mentions the beach.

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One problem with pulling out again is our two non-traveling cats. We had friends here to cat-sit while we were gone, but they already had to leave.

I mentioned to Maria just this morning that maybe we should give it a try with the cats again. Maybe just a night or two nearby at Wild Rivers or so. I've been toying with constructing some kind of screen protectors to keep the one cat (known as "Beast," and for good reason) from tearing up window screens, but otherwise it should be too hard to prepare the rig.

Chaco really is neat! If we'd had more time, I might have asked for permission (and a trail map) to get up on the bluff above Bonito for some better photography. The place was just too big and overwhelming, and I hadn't given even a second of thought to doing anything like photographic justice to the place under the circumstances.


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Lynn,
It's too bad your trip was cut short. Sorry, that was a play on words. If you need to escape from the winter world this year, we have a few rallies this winter down here in the desert.
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Lynn,

Do you put the cats in cages and cover them with towels or blankets? You probably know this. Most cats seem to hate traveling, but that can keep them quiet. They love to sleep a lot anyway. I don't really like cats much, but our outdoor cat is hell to catch when he needs to go to the vet and eventually we get him in a cage. Even he quiets down when the towel covers the cage. It's much harder to catch him for a second trip if he has to go back to the vet.

I've wanted to hike around Chaco, but we only get to stay several hours because it takes a long time to get there and back. I've forgotten whether there's an RV camping area there. The washboard road to the north is memorable, but I suppose if you go slowly enough, the trailer may stay in one piece.

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Yeah, i know about the cover-the-cage trick. The first (and only) time we traveled with them was to bring them up here, and we had to deal with a lot of puke. A whole lot.

There's a campground at Chaco, but you'd need to have a pretty small rig to fit in. Way too small for our 30 foot. Plus I really don't think our vintage would survive the road in one piece, literally.
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