Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fort Bayard,City of Rocks & Santa Rita Coppermine

29  October 2019

After touring Pancho Villa SP, we drove up to City of the Rocks off Hwy 180 and 61 around 30 miles from Deming north.

City of the Rocks SP is a rock formation in the Chihuahuan desert region of New Mexico at an elevation of 5200 ft.The Geologic formation is made up of sculptured rock columns rising 40 ft.It is unlike any rock formation we have seen. The park offers camping, hiking and biking trails.












From here we drove north to Bayard and the Fort Bayard site. The site is in a state of disrepair and only a few of the housing buildings plus a few others remain. The site has a huge Javelina population that seem to roam the area and take shelter under the housing.







The fort was constructed in 1866 after the Civil War to control unrest with the Apache and Navajo forcing them off their lands in order to open the lands for the settlers. In the Southwest they had been in conflict with the Spanish and Mexican settlers for over 200 years. The Army intensified the campaign with forced extermination and confinement. Buffalo Soldiers served here receiving Medal of Honors for their heroic deeds. One interesting story is that of a 22 year old Buffalo soldier who was a former slave and joined the Union Army at Jefferson Barracks. He was stationed at Fort Cummings and here. In 1868 he was discharged after a surgeon treated him discovered that he was a she. in 1886 2nd lt John Pershing was also stationed here and given the assignment of extablishing heliograph stations.

In 1899 the War Department established a sanatorium at the Fort. In 1920 the Fort was transferred to the United States Public Health Service and then to the Veterans Bureau. From 1900 to 1922 tuberculosis patients continued to be treated here.In 1944 German POW's arrived here to fill a labor need. In 1965 the Fort was transferred to the State of New Mexico and it served from 1965 to 2010 as a long term care facility for veterans and civilians.

A new Medical Center was completed in late 2010 near the Fort.

Our final stop was to view the Santa Rita Copper Mine site which is huge and has a history dating back to the Apache nation who had settled the land.The present open pit mining was started in 1909. As of 2014 the mine employed over 1000. There is a detailed history of the mine on Wikipedia.





Returning back to Deming, we met Dick and Debbie for dinner at Chinese House on Pine. Very good and enjoyed our visit and catching up on our RV adventures. See you on the 13th at DM.

Dinner with Dick & Debbie


30 October 2019

Departed early for the 200 mile drive to Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista AZ off Hwy 90. This is our 2nd visit since 2009.We will be here for 2 weeks. A very nice campground and base. May return next year for a longer stay.

Site #11

Javelina's

Deer



Deer in the Campground


Arrival Deming,NM and Tour of Pancho Villa SP and Camp Furlong

26 October 2019

We arrived Fort Stockton RV for 2 nights. This is our 4th stay at the park. The cafe serves breakfast and dinner and the food is good. Sites are pull-thru with FHU 50amp. Only comment..they need new picnic tables. Don't know why the parks don't start using those heavy duty iron coated tables..seems it would be less work and expense in the long run. Staff is friendly and this is a good choice for passing thru.

28 October 2019

When we departed our intent was to stay at Fort Bliss in El Paso, but they don't take reservations and have only managed to get a site 1 time in our 10 years of travel. So we opted for 2 nights in Deming, NM and a good choice. Booked site at Little Vineyard on Pine. Staff very helpful and nice. Sites are gravel FHU with 50 Amp. Special area for passing throughs. Close to town. Texted our friends Dick and Debbie to see if they are in residence or traveling. Fortunately they aren't leaving until Wednesday  so we made arrangements to meet for dinner tomorrow night at Chinese House.

29 October 2019

A busy day of touring today. John had some sites he wanted to visit so we got an early start heading south 40 miles to Pancho Villa SP and site of Camp Furlong in Columbus NM. There is a very nice museum in the park and campground. Several of the buildings from the Camp remain.

Entrance

Camp in 1916

More Signage

Visitor Center & Museum


Jenny



Signage About Bullet attack on car

Dodge Touring Car 



In badly need of supplies,Villa raided the town of Columbus and the Army Camp in 1916 thinking there were only 30-50 soldiers garrisoned when in reality there were 350. This mistake had a disastrous consequence for him. After the raid, President Wilson ordered General John Pershing to capture Villa in the Punitive Expedition. In the end Villa was assassinated 3 years late by an unknown assassin. Today he is remembered as a ruthless criminal or folk hero. The location of his remains are a mystery.

The Punitive Expedition last 11 months and 10,000 US soldiers taking them some 500 miles into Mexico in search of Villa enduring parching heat, cold, wild desert and mountain hiking. This was also the first military operation to use vehicles and airplanes. This proved to be a valuable preparation source for Pershing and his men in WWI. The military  post at Camp Furlong was closed in 1926. Several buildings still remain.

Signage to Headquarters

Headquarters

Custom House

Railroad Station

Pershings Reviewing Stand Signage

Reviewing Stand
At the top of Cootes Hill you get a good view of the town, campground and park.


Town of Columbus

Camp Site

Campground


Our next stop was north to visit Fort Bayard, City of Rocks and photos of the Santa Rita Copper mine. Will write separate blog on this.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Last Days in San Antonio

11 Oct-24 Oct 2020

It has been a good visit with Eric, Cindy and Parker during our month in San Antonio. We will return on 30 December for 2 weeks in 2020.

11 October

We went to the Johnson HS football game tonight at Blossom Athletic Field. Parker is a Junior and is one  of 4 flag carriers when they score a touchdown. She got a workout tonight as the final score against MacArthur was 40-27. Parker is also class historian. Unfortunately, did not get any photos..just not quick enough with camera.So will post one from Eric in a previous game. Tomorrow is homecoming and she looked beautiful.

Parker is in Red Shirt

With date Ethan


12 October

Back in the 80's I made an art purchase from a San Antonio artist, Ahuva Shweiki. So today I made contact with her and gifted the artwork back to her. Simply don't have a place in RV to hang artwork. She was born and raised in Israel and continues her studies in San Antonio. I have enjoyed it for over 30 years. One of the clay containers in the picture was broken several years ago, so he truly appreciated the gift.




13 October

Went over to Eric's for lunch brought in from Taco Cabana..thought of you Hope..wish we could send you some.

Week of 14th

Just errands..bought another vacumn (my 4th in 10 years). This one is more compact and has removable hand held. Hopefully this will be my last. Only downfall is only holds a 20 minute charge, which is ok for the iHome and takes 4 hours to recharge.


Bought a shade extender for awning and oil for generator. John washed and waxed the motorhome..a 2 day job.On one of my walks spotted 2 Armadillos..fortunately they were on the other side of campground fence. Think they are so ugly and eerie looking.Also spent time planning our continuing trip for 2020.



20 October

Had Eric, Cindy and Cindy's dad Jim over for dinner tonight. Parker had other plans. Fixed a Alfredo chicken with carrots, green beans and peppers in the crock pot and served over angel hair pasta. Also salad and gelato for dessert. Had a very nice visit. We will get together for one last visit on Thursday night at Cracker Barrel.



21 October

John and I went to see "Downton Abbey" at the Quarry movie theatre. For those who have followed the series on PBS, the movie is a must. Maggie Smith brings humor and intrique to the movie as she did in the series. Sure there will be a follow up movie as several plots were left hanging.

23 October

Toured the Fort Sam Quadrangle today. We have been here many times over the years. The museum is a must giving the history of the Fort and military in SouthTexas from 1845 to present. Of course, I always enjoy the deer and peacocks that have been in residence over the years.The musuem has  small bags of feed for a donation.








The Quadrangle was  built in 1876-1878 as a supply depot has been in continuous use. In 1881 it housed headquarters for Department of Texas and Southern Department, the Viii Corps Area, Third, Fourth and Fifth Army. In 1917 General Pershing and in 1941 General Eisenhower had offices here. The 90ft Tower was built was originally built as a water tower. Animals appeared in the 1880's.





There is a huge Oak Tree in the Quadrangle that was planted in 1886. It is an attraction for many of the peacocks who perch on the limbs.



Geronimo and Apache were brought here from Arizona enroute to Florida in 1886 when the Army secured his final surrender.While here crowds came to view him and he began to enjoy his celebrity status selling souvenirs and handshakes. In 1886 after 40 days in the Quadrangle he and his band they left for Florida. After 2 years they were sent to Alabama to be reunited with their families. In 1894 they were transferred to Ft Sill, OK where he died and was buried in1904. We visited his grave there in Oct  2011. Geronimo's revenge was against the Mexican soldiers who killed his family in 1851.Over the next 30 years he led attacks across Mexico,New Mexico and Arizona killing some 600 Mexican men,women and children.

24 October

Cooler weather, severe thunderstorms, high winds and possible hail predicted for today. Tonight we met Eric, Cindy and Parker at Cracker Barrel for dinner..our last get together before we depart on Saturday.

Dinner at Cracker Barrel

Nana & Granddaughter


Our downfall diet wise was going several times a week to Einstein Bagels in the Health Clinic. However; I have been able to increase my walking due in part to a low altitude. Last week I got over 40,000 steps about 3 miles a day.

Have made reservations for our return 30 December 2020 for 2 weeks. This really is a nice campground..nice spaces and good price.

Before leaving made a donation to the Base Thrift of two pieces of art purchased in 80's.

R.Spiegel "Aquarelle"

Valerie Kneeland "Sailing"


25 October

And the rains and wind came bringing much cooler temperatures. It was in the 40's this morning with highs expected around 60. Getting ready to leave before our departure tomorrow to Ft Stockton for 2 nights.