Sept. 25, 2015

Well, things didn’t go as planned at the Allied Recreational Group factory, as our coach did not get all its maintenance work done!! One big issue was our bedroom slide, it has never worked right since we bought the coach a year ago. They did order the parts, and we waited but they had not arrived, we were not going to miss the balloon fiesta in Albuquerque. We had made these plans and paid for the trip about 8-10 months before. So we taped up the slide and off we went happily down the road!!

Things were going smoothly, until we landed about 50 miles outside Columbia, Mo!!  Guy looked at me and stated “we have no engine”! Yikes! Ahead of us was a hill and a curve, the semis were barreling around us at 80 miles an hour, there was nothing we could do but pull over, there was no shoulder, we hung in the road about a foot to a foot and a half, lets just say it was scary.  We were a rocking and a rolling thats for sure, and not sure if and when we would be hit by one of those semi trucks.

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Well, I am one of those who must look for blessings in all things, I will say we had many blessings that day. From the wonderful Depty Sheriff, Chris Class, with Cooper County, Mo, that arrived no more that 10 mins after we were stopped, to his friend the tow truck driver who arrived within 15 mins after he was called, to John Hurd, VP of Customer relations for Allied Recreation Group, Coberg, Oregon, who I called in a state of panic, he immediately called Cummings and Freightliner, they got us right in. To the guys who worked on our coach at Cummings and started working right away even working late to figure out the problem.  It turned out to be our oil pump, which was cracked in 4 places, Cummings had it shipped and installed by the next day and we were gone by noon. Everyone went out of their way to help us and were such kind wonderful people.

We headed to Angel Fire, New Mexico, deciding to take the chance that all would go right and head out on small out of the way roads, yup, there was nothing around for miles. But we thought the area had its own beauty and loved looking at all the vast openness.

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We had the roads to ourselves most of the time, but we did share with a snake or two, a tarantula, two deer, and lots of cows along the way.

We arrived in Angel Fire, New Mexico after deciding to drive in one day, 9 hours! When we arrived at the half way point to Angel Fire Guy decided he was not ready to stop so we kept going. I think it got longer when we realized we were down to a 1/4 of a tank and had passed the last gas station!!! We hoped that there would be someplace in Angel Fire…we did find a gas station on the last day, yea! Guy was very glad to get that day over.

Angel Fire, is named for the fiery afternoon light splashed on alpine peaks with sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range.  The town of Angel Fire is at the 8,406′ level, the Aqua Fria Peak elevation is 11,078′ which has over 500 acres of skiing, summer mountain biking and ziplines. In town there is a golf course, horseback riding, and jeep tours. There are two gas stations and one grocery store, numerous restaurants. Eagle Nest State Park, Cimarron State Park and Carson National Forest are close by.

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Nice Views from the front of our coach

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Our site nice space between

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looking down the row towards new club house

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Angel Fire Rv Resort is a new resort with 102 sites, full hook ups, great space between, laundry, jaccuzi, fire pits, a new club house that was not open yet. Some of the sites were still having their plantings done and not ready yet. This is just phase one, there will be two more phases within the next year.

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While there we decided to take the tram up to the top of Aqua Fria Peak, (I am so scared of heights I wasn’t sure I could do it) but it was amazing and I will say I was not as scared after awhile, in the summer the ski resort turns into a mountain bike park with over 60 miles of trails. There are also 6 ziplines at the top of the mountain. The ziplines vary from 120′ to 1,600′ in length.

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Taking the bikes to the top of the mountain.

Ziplining, so not for me!! Notice the view.

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Sliding down and over the gap between the mountains!!

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The view from the top of the hill was awesome

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Taos, NM is about an hour drive from Angel Fire, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is outside of Taos, I was feeling very brave and decided we needed to see it since it is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Our view on the way to Taos

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Amazing mountains!

The bridge is made of steel, it is 565′ above the Rio Grande River. It is the 7th highest bridge in the US and 82nd highest in the world. It was started in 1963 and completed in 1965. The span of the bridge is 1,280 feet.

I was so excited that I had gone on the ski lift and made it to the top that maybe I had over come my fear, but alas it was not to be!! We got there and headed from the parking lot and started walking out on the bridge, nope I could not do it, I had to give the camera to Guy so we could get some pictures. I was so scared my stomach was in knots, sweating, and shaking.

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You can’t see the down into the bottom from this view

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The Rio Grande River below the bridge

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looking straight down

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Yup, that’s us standing next to the edge!!

While in Angel Fire we also checked out the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The purpose of the memorial was to honor America’s veterans and members of its military forces by memorializing the sacrifices that they have made and by their sense of duty and courage by answering the country’s call to arms. The memorial does not focus just on the Vietnam war but all wars in which the United States Armed Forces have fought.

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The view down the valley towards Angel Fire and the future cemetery for Veterans

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After the death of their son, U.S. Marine Corps First Lieutenant Victor David Westphall III, Jeanne and Dr. Victor Westphall began construction of the Memorial to honor the memory of their son and the fifteen men that died with him near Con Thien, South Vietnam on May 22, 1968 using the money from their sons life insurance policies.  Vic (Doc) Westphall dedicated his life to seeing this vision become a reality. His entire purpose was honoring his son and the more than 58,000 there who died in Vietnam.

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an authentic Huey helicopter

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Today the memorial has a Chapel,(open 24 hrs a day), Visitors center, authentic Huey helicopter from Vietnam war, Veterans Memorial Walkway, gift shop memorial gardens and amphitheater. The gravesites of Jeanne and Victor Westphall are there as well.

We also were lucky enough to be in the high mountains when there was the Harvest moon, the sun covers the moon. It was a very cold night, 44-45, we were the only ones to take our chairs to the middle of the street to watch this wonderful site. It started out with no clouds to block out view but as the night progressed clouds moved in!! Darn! But we did see most of it.

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The moon just coming up, nice and bright

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clouds starting to cover the moon

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just before more clouds covered it back up.

We took a great car ride from Angel Falls to Eagles Nest and over the mountains to Red River, had lunch at a wonderful bar/restaurant where we could take LaciLou, then over to Questa and back home. Beautiful car trip.

We sure had a wonderful time in Angel Falls and would highly recommend a trip there. It was now time to head to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, we had no idea what to expect but knew it was something special. Stay tuned to see what happens at the fiesta.

Thank you all for visiting and traveling with the “The Nomads and LaciLou” Y’all have a Blessed week and see ya soon!