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Old 03-04-2020, 03:16 PM   #121
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Old 03-04-2020, 03:22 PM   #122
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dblr t it is a small Ski Area in a National Forest. They have 20 slopes. A guy from the area told us you need to be a really good skier to handle the Black Diamonds. They have a really good restaurant up there. They were closed right now but hoping to reopen if a big storm came through.
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Old 03-05-2020, 07:29 AM   #123
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I hear you on the black diamond runs, I like the smaller ski areas like that as they are usually less crowded, I ski out west with my son a lot so he has almost forced me to ski runs I would normally pass on, I think he is trying for that inheritance a little early
Keep coming on the pictures they are wonderful
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Old 03-05-2020, 11:09 AM   #124
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Camper, great pictures of the Biosphere an Mt. Lemmon! The rock formations look alien-like. The first one or two looks like a small natural version of Crazy Horse in So. Dakota.

I hope you are enjoying the trip as much as we are enjoying your reporting of it!
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Old 03-05-2020, 08:50 PM   #125
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Yes sherman12 we are really enjoying the trip. We are always in awe of the rock formations. We can not get enough of the views here in the desert southwest.
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Old 03-06-2020, 09:46 AM   #126
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I have always loved the southwest since I was a kid and we visited close family friends in Phoenix when I was 10 & 12 years old. It's funny how life throws you a curve, back in 1967 the family loved the area so much mom and dad put the house up for sale, dad secured a job with American Airlines in Phoenix vs. working in a dirty steel plant and we were almost all set to go. That changed when mom fell and broke her leg in three spots and had various' casts on for 18 months! Then dad died in 1970. Where would I and my life be now?

Fast forward to 2008, my brother moves to Las Vegas. Doors open, come on out any time. So, of course, my DW and I went as often as we could (without the RV). Not to gamble, but to use LV as a jump-off point to travel the southwest and take in the many many places to go and things to see within a 5-6 hour drive from LV. With those many experiences, I was able to absorb more of the region and though I still marvel at its sheer beauty and colors, love the orange, reds, and browns, I would not live there. I need a little more variety in landscape and the scent of a forest.

My brother now lives in Raleigh, NC and truly appreciates the color green, and we appreciate another place in the country to mooch-hitch our wagon too!

Heading to Yellowstone, Napa area wine country and more in September, so we'll get re-acquainted with the West and Southwest.
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Old 03-08-2020, 12:08 AM   #127
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sherman 12 that was an interesting story and I also like the green. I don't however like a place that gets the white stuff in the winter or cold weather. I hope you have a good time on your September Trip. You do know they have a large wine country in Texas Hill Country and we have found some very good wines there. That is the last place we are stopping for 2 weeks before heading home.
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Old 03-08-2020, 12:24 AM   #128
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We have enjoyed our stay in Silver City NM. the last five days. The town and the area is so full of history pertaining to the Old West. We found plenty of interesting places to explore and a couple really fine Restaurant's. We highly recommend the Little Toad Creek Brewery and Dianne's. Dianne's is a restaurant with great food and there is also a separate bakery and deli. The bakery sells some of the best pies I have ever eaten. I have eaten many. We stayed at Rose Valley RV Ranch which is a typical Southwest campground with gravel roads and campsites. The sites are spacious and most are very private with many shrubs separating sites and a fence also used to create privacy. There is a small laundry and four lockable restrooms/showers. It is not far off NM180 and is really quiet. We are leaving here in the morning. I have many pics to post and will try to get to them in the next couple days.
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Old 03-08-2020, 09:54 PM   #129
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Well everyone we are still in Silver City for one more night. We are not on a schedule right now. It was pouring down rain and chilly this morning so I decided not to pack up in the rain. They could give us another night so we took it. Sorry I did not get any pictures loaded today either. It rained most of the day and has just started raining again. I'm hoping for better weather in the morning.
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Old 03-08-2020, 11:10 PM   #130
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The Biosphere 2 is Very much worth a visit if you in the area. Their goal was to create a livable earths atmosphere. What they figured out was they were not as good as God.

I think it’s owned by the University of Arizona now.

They are now doing experiments in there that are aiding in ways to control erosion and many other experiments that are useful.

Russell
Your they were not as good as God reminded me of a joke (not really) I heard where a group of scientists came to God and said “we have done it, we have created life”.. God said “Show me.” One of the scientist said “First we take some dirt...” when God interrupts and said “ Stop, get your own dirt.”
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Old 03-09-2020, 12:10 AM   #131
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I have always loved the southwest since I was a kid and we visited close family friends in Phoenix when I was 10 & 12 years old. It's funny how life throws you a curve, back in 1967 the family loved the area so much mom and dad put the house up for sale, dad secured a job with American Airlines in Phoenix vs. working in a dirty steel plant and we were almost all set to go. That changed when mom fell and broke her leg in three spots and had various' casts on for 18 months! Then dad died in 1970. Where would I and my life be now?

Fast forward to 2008, my brother moves to Las Vegas. Doors open, come on out any time. So, of course, my DW and I went as often as we could (without the RV). Not to gamble, but to use LV as a jump-off point to travel the southwest and take in the many many places to go and things to see within a 5-6 hour drive from LV. With those many experiences, I was able to absorb more of the region and though I still marvel at its sheer beauty and colors, love the orange, reds, and browns, I would not live there. I need a little more variety in landscape and the scent of a forest.

My brother now lives in Raleigh, NC and truly appreciates the color green, and we appreciate another place in the country to mooch-hitch our wagon too!

Heading to Yellowstone, Napa area wine country and more in September, so we'll get re-acquainted with the West and Southwest.
Don't overlook NC wine when visiting your brother in Raleigh. Check out our Wine Trail online. We also have a Barbecue Trail. And Asheville is known as the Beer City. We know how to eat and drink. Some pretty good scenery here, too.
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Old 03-09-2020, 09:58 AM   #132
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Will do regarding NC. Heading there for Easter week. MIssed out on Ashville when we were in Gatlinburg, TN couple years back, drove through Smokey Nat'l Park and got to an intersection Ashville not far this way, right, or the scenic route back through park left. Darn, we turned left. Will make our way again I'm sure.

DW and I do like to find wine where ever we can. Every region you try the wine is different and the folks in that particular area have a different approach to their wine and wine making. Equals fun to us.
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Old 03-10-2020, 01:30 PM   #133
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We did make it to Las Cruces NM yesterday and will be staying here again tonight and start making our way back home. We are going to visit some sights today and will try to get pics of the Silver City stop posted tonight. The internet was bad last night but seems better today so we will see what happens. We are staying at Sunny Acres RV Park in Las Cruces more on that later.
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Old 03-10-2020, 09:34 PM   #134
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