Sunday, February 11, 2018

SUNSIGHTS ARIZONA TO LAS CRUCES NEW MEXICO AND WE SPEND THE NIGHT PARKED CLOSE TO A GIANT ROADRUNNER

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A GIANT ROADRUNNER WATCHES OVER LAS CRUCES NEW MEXICO

It was moving day so we busied ourselves with preparing the rig for travel.  Tanks dumped, jacks up, slides in, Jeep hooked up, etc. etc.  We had everything ready to roll shortly after 8 a.m.  We said our farewells and expressed our thanks to Janna and Mike for having us drop in for a couple days.  Hope to see how their renovations are coming along in the Fall.

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JANNA CATCHES A PICTURE OF US LEAVING

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We had the big wheels rolling about 8:20 as we headed out their long driveway and made our way over to highway 191.  A left turn and less than half an hour later we merged with I-10 heading East.  Due to it being Sunday morning traffic was light and under cool slightly cloudy southwestern skies I clicked on our cruise control, sat back, relaxed , and thoroughly enjoyed the eastbound I-10 journey to Deming New Mexico with lots of great Arizona and New Mexico memories along the way.  It was just a short 6 weeks ago we were enjoying ourselves in the Portal New Mexico area.  And yet it almost seems way longer than that

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MERGING ONTO I-10 AND IT IS THIS INTERSTATE THAT WILL TAKE US TO FLORIDA

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Our Deming stop was short as we rolled into the town’s west end for a coffee and bite at McDonalds.  Up to that point we didn’t have a destination for the day but Kelly remembered something she had read about the big roadside Roadrunner on the south side of I-10 at Las Cruces.  And that is what we set our sights on.

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COFFEE BREAK IN DEMING NEW MEXICO

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A REST AREA ON  I-10 AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LAS CRUCES GIVES US A GREAT VIEW OF THE CITY AND THOSE ARE THE ORGAN MOUNTAINS IN THE BACKGROUND AND THAT’S I-10 BOTTOM RIGHT

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THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THESE SOLIDLY BUILT LITTLE CASSITAS SCATTERED ABOUT

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THIS IS AN ABOVE AVERAGE ‘REST AREA’

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YEP THE SIGN SAYS RV PARKING ALRIGHT AND IT’S 24 HOUR PARKING TOO

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FOUND US A NICE SPOT FOR THE NIGHT

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Think it was sometime around 11:30 when we tracked the big bird down at a Rest Stop overlooking the city of Las Cruces New Mexico.  Over the years we have passed by this big Roadrunner a number of times but had never taken the time to stop in to see it up close. 

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AND BY GOLLY WE’RE PARKED PRETTY CLOSE TO THE BIG BIRD ITSELF

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I THOUGHT AT FIRST IT WAS MADE OF METAL….THAT IS UNTIL I GOT CLOSER

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THE BIG BIRD ATTACTS A LOT OF TRAVELERS

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IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY YOU WILL SEE THIS FELLOW IS MADE UP OF SOME VERY FAMILIAR STUFF

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BE SURE TO CHECK THIS LINK ABOUT THE ROADRUNNER

We could see right away this was a way above average Rest Stop with 24 hour parking for RV’s as well as trucks.  Found us a spot close to the big bird and through out the anchor.  We were here for the night and our late morning stop must be a record for us in calling it an early day while traveling.  In the morning we’ll head out with the express purpose of putting El Paso Texas in our rear view mirror.  Where we’ll end up Monday night is an unknown.

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AND YES THOSE ARE ALL OLD WHITE RUNNING SHOE SNEEKERS MAKING UP THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BIRD

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DID YOU SEE THE HORSE AND THE TRAIN??

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DID YOU NOTICE THE CRUTCHES??

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LOOK CLOSELY…..THE ROADRUNNER’S EYEBALL IS AN OLD VOLKSWAGON HEADLIGHT

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GOLF CLUBS

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IT’S QUITE THE TOES THIS BIRD HAS ON IT

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The Colorado based Rockin ' And Reelin' folks are camped out and exploring one of our very favorite mountains ranges in Arizona.  The Kofa Mountains are located south east of Quartzsite and north east of Yuma.  We’ve boon-docked there in various locations 3 or 4 times over the years and have ourselves a lot of great memories from that area.  Great Jeeping roads back through Queen Canyon and its great tracking down all the natural water tanks in the rocks.  We generally camped out down King Road as a rule.  If you check our ‘Archives’ in the right hand column click on  January 31rst of 2014 then either go ahead or back using the ‘Newer Posts’ or Older Posts’ feature at the bottom of this post.  The Rockin And Reelin folks just did Queen Canyon this past Monday.

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THE ROADRUNNER CAN EASILY BE SEEN FROM I-10 HEADING WEST OUT OF LAS CRUCES BUT THE REST AREA IS ONLY ACCESSIBLE FROM THE EAST BOUND LANES

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WHITE TRUCK IS HEADING EAST ON I-10 TOWARDS LAS CRUCES

Sure has been nice this month and a half starting each day off with soft relaxing music instead of the usual mind numbing grinding reality of cable TV news and yet I know upon arriving home again in late March we will be right back into our old habit of subjecting ourselves to the daily angst of that which so depresses and angers me.  I am drawn to the flame like a hapless moth and there is no one to blame but my susceptible self.  There is a great calmness not knowing what’s going on in the world and  especially American politics but that darn ever present curiosity of mine seems to win out most every time and ends up dragging me down that  thorny rock strewn path of daily television news!!   Revel in your current morning routine Al, revel in your current morning routine…….

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LAS CRUCES NEW MEXICO BY NIGHT

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GLOW IN THE SKY IS FROM EL PASO TEXAS

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ROADRUNNER BY NIGHT

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THIS REST AREA HAS NICE CASITAS

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game.They had great seats right behind their team's bench.After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience.  "Oh, I really liked it," she replied, "especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn't understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents."
Dumbfounded, her date asked, "What do you mean?"  "Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was: 'Get the quarterback! Get thequarterback!' I'm like...Helloooooo? It's only 25 cents!!!!

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Q: How do you get a kleenex to dance?
A: Put a boogie in it!

Q: Did you hear about the man who lost his whole left side?
A: He's all-right now!

Q: What do frogs eat with their hamburgers?
A: French Flies

Q: Why do gorillas have big nostrils?
A: Because they have big fingers.

Q: What's a cat's favorite breakfast?
A: Mice Krispies

Q: If there is H2O on the inside of a fire hydrant, what is on the outside?
A: K9P.

Q: What does it mean when the flag is at half mast at the post office?
A: They're hiring.

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Who's there?
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Oscar a silly question, get a silly answer!

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13 comments:

  1. Curious to know if you guys were not tempted at all to see how the new owners had taken care of all your hard work landscaping the house in Congress. Great BIRD!!!

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    1. No not too much. Figured it would be more interesting to see in a couple years after things had grown a bit.

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  2. Love that rest area and the roadrunner, we have stopped most every year. Missed it when is was away being rebuilt a few years ago..
    Lots of nice Texas Rest areas along I-10 that we have enjoyed over the years, travel safe, that I-10 is a long drive but you can make good time.

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  3. What a neat rest stop, some time we will get down that way.Love to see that road runner. Safe travels!

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  4. Wow, thanks Al for enlightening us about the roadrunner. Great photos of its interesting "parts". Drive-by viewings do not do it justice. I always thought it was metal too. Happy Trails!

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  5. I am guessing you are commenting on CNN news, the doom and gloom station, try watching Fox News Al. It has a right wing slant I'm guessing you will like more. I certainly do.

    Lots of guessing going on here.

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  6. Ummm just to set the record straight. I do not watch Fox news, never have, and probably never will.

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  7. Loved your pictures of the roadrunner close up. We have driven past it and never guessed those parts were used to build it. Really nice pictures, thank you!

    Patricia

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  8. Under your photo titled. I THOUGHT AT FIRST IT WAS MADE OF METAL….THAT IS UNTIL I GOT CLOSER
    Looks like you're Road Runner got into some nasty food and he is trying to gas. you
    You have to look close to the tail

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  9. Amazing pictures! Love the roadrunner. An excellent recycling project.

    Glad you enjoyed your days with Mike & Janna, always good to have some friends near by that can help lift the spirits.

    Love the city pictures, the night pictures are fantastic. What a view you have. A very classy rest area with lighted areas. Good choice for over night stopping.

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  10. Love the photos and we’ll look for the road runner on the return trip. Thanks to that groaner’s corner joke with the H2O joke - I want to look at houses in Belleville and get a dog. Postal code is K9P - safe journey :)

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  11. Wow, that is really an unique statue of that road runner bird. Took a lot of work to put that thing together.

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