We are so thankful to James for all the work he went through to get the cover up over the spot where we will be parking the 5th wheel.
The framework was up when we arrived. It is really sturdy. The verticals are 4 inch well pipe. Well pipe is very thick steel. They are buried deep with concrete surrounding each. As you can see in these photos the 5th wheel fits.
Friday we got to work putting the panels up.
After some very big progress Friday we finished the project today exhausted but happy.
The cover will keep off the sun and protect us from hail. Thank you James.
Today we took on a job we had planned for this years trip to Logan.
The boat storage had become something of a catch all storage location. As long as the stuff did not interfere with accessing the boat it was not an issue. Over the years this had grown too large.
On our first load with the trailer we surprised 4 deer that had been relaxing in the shade of the next row of storage buildings.
I should have taken a picture before unloading the storage. Sorry but we were so determined to get the job completed that I completely forgot.
Here is what it looks like now.
Exhausted! Time for a shower.
It was a first for me to visit Albuquerque. My impression was that it was a large but spread out city. I wish we had time to visit the mountains.
We did some shopping. Stayed overnight in a hotel. In the morning, we took Mom to the airport for her flight to England.
On the return trip we stopped off at the town of Santa Rosa to see Blue Hole. Something else I have not seen. At 60 feet in diameter and 81 feet deep the water is a stunning blue and very clear. The source hole was explored to 200 feet. It was amazing to think that this was an open passage to the aquifer below this part of New Mexico. A huge amount of water is continuously flowing from the hole. It is estimated at 3000 gallons per minute.
One more thing to think about is that the surface is at an elevation of 4,616 ft.
I don't know many places that do "Windy" like New Mexico. We are being buffeted by steady 20 mph winds with much higher gusts. The horizon is tan from the dust kicked up.
Desert temperatures are always surprising. The high today was 80. The low in the morning will be 38.
The Durango is all setup under the framework that will be our cover at the lake. When finished the cover will protect the RV. We will be moving the Durango later in the month to complete the cover. It looks great!
Tomorrow we will be taking Betty to Albuquerque for her flight Thursday. We hope she enjoys her trip to Ireland.
We have arrived at Ute Lake.
We have arrived at the lake. It has been a rushed trip from Pensacola to here by our standards. After setting up the Durango we will rest.
Today was a long day for us. We drove over 6 hours. This is way outside our normal comfort zone on travel. The reason was that winds were predicted to get bad again. A lot of travel decisions in Texas are based on wind.
We stopped in Amarillo to go by Sams and pick up supplies. It is important because this is the closest Sams to Logan. It is over 100 miles each way and is something you don't want to do often.
The RV park in Amarillo was great but we have to get going early in the morning to avoid the higher winds predicted for the midday tomorrow.
Being near the Cadillac Ranch the Oasis RV Resort did there own version of the display. Yes that is a real RV.
Last night at about 10 pm the storm found us. There was 42 mph gusts of wind and hail. Thankfully there was no damage.
We started out today headed for Henrietta, Texas but that changed as the wind started building. Along the way we kept checking the wind gust predictions. The predictions kept increasing in strength so we decided to stop in Whitesboro, Texas when the winds got to 35 mph. We found a great little RV park called the Four Aces.
Relaxing on a rainy day.
Well the prediction was true for rain but not for high winds. So far.
We have been relaxing.
Highway 84 in Texas is not the same as Louisiana. This is the primary highway we have been traveling so far on this trip. In Alabama and Mississippi it was great but in Louisiana there was a lot of construction and areas that need repairs.
As with everything in Texas the speed limit is higher. All through Mississippi and Louisiana the speed limit was 65 MPH max. The only time that it was 65 was on a short stretch. The majority of the time it was 55. In texas on a two lane highway it is 75 MPH. Really 75?! I don't think so! We limit our top speed to 65 and generally hold to 62 MPH. As is normal, we are the slow poke on the road.
We will be pulling out in the morning and heading north west. The plan is to stop in Henrietta TX.
We are settled in until Saturday morning just south of Gladewater Texas. The RV park is really nice. Tomorrow is predicted to be a rainy and windy day. The plan is to sit still and wait out the storm. Everything should clear up Saturday pre-dawn.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...