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Old 05-19-2008, 10:48 PM   #169
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Hey, Rodney, you remember that place I told you about off the highway between Tres Piedres and Tierra Amarilla? It's called Hopewell Lake, and the Carson site shows it on their map:



It's not listed on Carson's list of "Preestablished Campground Facilities," so I think it must be fairly boondockish in nature.


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Rodney, just got back from Heron Lake SP (near Tierra Amarilla) - $14 a night (water and elect) in Blanco and Willow Creek campgroumds. Not on top of each other! Can reserve through NM Parks. Gas in Chama was 3.70ish while diesel was 4.40. Cheapest in the area. No grocery in Chama - winter snows got it! Nearest is a big store in Dulce.

Have a great trip and keep us posted with more great images.
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:11 AM   #171
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Rodney, just got back from Heron Lake SP (near Tierra Amarilla) - $14 a night (water and elect) in Blanco and Willow Creek campgroumds. Not on top of each other! Can reserve through NM Parks. Gas in Chama was 3.70ish while diesel was 4.40. Cheapest in the area. No grocery in Chama - winter snows got it! Nearest is a big store in Dulce.

Have a great trip and keep us posted with more great images.
Oh, that's right! I'd forgotten about the collapse of the grocery store in Chama last winter. That's bad news for communities like that one. In a sense, they're like Angel Fire: Only grocery store within miles and miles. If something fails -- the whole building (as in Chama) or even just coolers or some such, then people suffer.

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...At this point I am not sure where I am headed next, the main plan is to find a place to hunker down for the big weekend. I haven't done as much photography as I normally would, but that should gear up soon.
Glad to see the updates and the weather in Angle Fire looks VERY appealing! We pulled into Santa Fe last night and will tried to get our heads twisted on straight today.

How big of a campground rush is gonna hit this coming weekend?
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Glad to see the updates and the weather in Angle Fire looks VERY appealing! We pulled into Santa Fe last night and will tried to get our heads twisted on straight today.
The weather out here has been great for the most part and I expect more of the same. What all are you going to see in the area?

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Old 05-20-2008, 10:42 AM   #174
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The weather out here has been great for the most part and I expect more of the same. What all are you going to see in the area?

Think biblical.
Or umbilical, depending on your point of view! I'd just as soon crawl into fetal position and make like this weekend never existed!

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Old 05-20-2008, 04:44 PM   #175
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Think biblical.
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Im having reservations about our No-Reservations policy .

Tonight we will flip a coin and choose to route through Taos or 4 corners. I'm leaning toward 4C but could be swayed with some really good suggestion (or vetoed by the Misses). we could boondock if we found a slightly cooler location.
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:12 PM   #176
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You know, some years ago during Memorial Day -- six or eight years before we bought this park and a couple before we bought the AS -- we came up this way to visit my parents, who were at an RV park down in Cimarron, about 30 miles from here (and a thousand feet or so lower in altitude). We wanted to move up this way where it's cooler, but absolutely nothing available. Arg! Nothin's changed.

Rodney went down towards Philmont today, but he'll be back online this evening.


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Tonight we will flip a coin and choose to route through Taos or 4 corners. I'm leaning toward 4C but could be swayed with some really good suggestion (or vetoed by the Misses). we could boondock if we found a slightly cooler location.
Let me know how the toss goes, maybe we will cross paths . I myself, am leaning toward the Red River area or over by Tres Piedras.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:49 PM   #178
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Let me know how the toss goes, maybe we will cross paths . I myself, am leaning toward the Red River area or over by Tres Piedras.
I would stay as far away from Red River as you can this week and beginning of next week. They have a HUGE motorcycle rally over there for the Memorial Day holiday with around 10K bikers running around (many somewhat drunk and disorderly).

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Thanks for the tip. By the way, that is a very large image
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:58 PM   #180
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Yes, I just switched that to a link to the image. It was huge!

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Some years ago unknowingly went to Red River the same weekend as the motorcycle rally. They had high metal fences in the wide main street leaving 2 lanes for traffic. On the fences were those 10K bikers drunk, drinking, screaming like rioting prisoners. Driving down that street quite an experience and not a very good ad for the motorcycle industry. It was also strange for a town that promotes itself as a Family resort. It's a sight to see.

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Wild Rivers National Recreation Area.

I arrived at the Wild Rivers National Recreation Area Wednesday via Red River after departing Angle Fire. The WRRA sits at the confluence of the Red River and Rio Grande and is run by the BML and is well run. My plan is to set out the holiday weekend here. My concern about choosing this location was that the temperatures might be too high. Oops. Day one was windy as Oklahoma, day two rain, sleet, and some snow flakes, today overcast and a high in the mid 40ís.

The campgrounds are well cared for and cellular reception is excellent although my Verizon laptop card doesnít work here. I am in El Aguaje Campground which sits on the west rim of the Red River; the other sites are over the Rio Grande.

Given the increases in diesel, the overall plan of pushing on into Idaho this summer is back on the table. Option two is to linger in northern New Mexico and Colorado for most of the summer instead.




I am posting this from Great Sand Dunes where I have a great cell signal but for some reason images are uploading slow.
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