Red River Rave

20130822-144733.jpgWe’re trying to translate John’s five weeks-a-year-vacation into as many adventures as possible. So far, we’ve done pretty well—we took our long trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion back in May. On this trip Brett and Angie, John’s daughter and her husband, followed us in their trailer.  Our chosen destination was Red River, New Mexico. It’s only 622 miles from us which meant we didn’t have to use many vacation days, the temps are cooler there than here in August, plus it’s a beautiful little town. We had a great time.

We captured close to 500 pictures that will refresh our memories for years to come. I promise not to share all of them here but will post some of my favorites. Before the trip was over, we’d seen a huge brown bear with two cubs, lots of deer, many ducks, geese, one antelope, cute squirrels and chipmunks, a dead porcupine, and a variety of birds. I won”t mention the Muskrat because he was too ugly.

Our camp site backed up to a stream so we didn’t need to use our sound machine for the babbling brook sound. I won’t mention how uneven that site was because John had to deal with that and after some work, he got our trailer level.  I just enjoyed the beauty of the spot. One morning as I read my Bible, Psalm 19 mirrored my thoughts…..

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
3 They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.[a]
4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.

God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
6 The sun rises at one end of the heavens
and follows its course to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat.

Isn’t that perfect for tranquil days of enjoying God’s creation?

As they say “when you’re having fun, time flies” and our tranquil days of sight seeing seemed to end too quickly.  That was our only complaint of the trip, other than the night we almost froze!  The second night there, the temp went down to forty degrees.  John got up a few times in the night and shoved the thermostat higher.  We’d hear the heat kick on, doze off, only to wake up freezing a bit later. When morning came, John realized one of our propane tanks was empty. When he went outside in the sun to switch to the other one, he said “it’s warmer outside than it is in here.”

Thank you, Lord, for another of Your tendermercies…time with each other and time with Brett and Angie, enjoying your creation.



At the top of the Ski Slope.  I won't be skiing down this mountain!

At the top of the Ski Slope. I won’t be skiing down this mountain!


Brett and Angie standing in front of the Palisades cliffs.


Brett and Angie – overlooking Eagle Ridge as we head toward Red River.


Angie took this picture…it’s one of our favorites…by the Palisades cliffs.


Picture taken from the ski lift


Winston and Gemly enjoy some fresh air and Angie enjoys them on our trip to visit Eagles Nest.


A quaint shop in Eagle’s Nest – Angie, Brett, and myself – I’m sure Angie got some great pics. : )


I love this pic. We’d just gotten off the ski lift and were walking toward a restaurant. This fire hydrant was beside an old concrete block building but the paint and flowers made it beautiful.



More beautiful flowers!



We brought cut cedar from our yard and enjoyed camp fires two of the nights and of course some so-mores!


John took this cool moon pic one night as we sat by the campfire. I love it.


Our unleveled site with our leveled trailer next to the Red River. : ) The bikes stayed on the rack until we were on the way home. This campground was too rocky to ride on but the Boiling Springs State Park was a great place to ride.


We were driving from Taos back to Red River when Angie glimpsed this bear and her two cubs. They were in the back yard of a house that was near the road. The home owner’s front yard was fenced so they could keep people out but the back yard was open. We wondered if they knew they were hosting a mama bear and her babies. We dared not get out of the car because we figured she could come right through that fence.



11 thoughts on “Red River Rave

  1. Love your pictures of Red River and Eagle’s Nest! I think there is one in there of the Palasaides between Cimmaron and Eagle Nest, one of my all time favorite places! So glad you had a wonderful time! Thanks so much for sharing!


    • Judith, thanks for taking the time to read. I wish there had been blogs many years ago. It would have been such a blessing today! Loved your Chicago pictures of your new daughter-in-love. So, so happy for you. She is blessed to be apart of your family.


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