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New Mexico

After Austin, we left for a week in New Mexico in “Dark Sky” country. We planned to stay 3 nights at Rusty’s RV Ranch, but enjoyed the peace and quiet so much, we stayed a full week.

Rusty’s is in the high desert at 4,000 feet. On clear nights, the skies are black, and the stars are amazing. We were nestled in a valley between mountain ranges. Rusty’s has a bunch of animals they take care of including a pair of black swans, porcupines, goats and lots of birds.

This place is in the middle of nowhere (which was great). We enjoyed Sky Islands Grill & Grocery. This was our go to place for dinner. We enjoyed their chili, pizza, soup and baked goods.

We hiked the South Fork Trail #243 which is a 4.1 mile out and back hike in the mountains. Beautiful hike with lots of birds for Pam to identify.

Pam visited the Chiricahua Desert Museum where they had lots of snakes and desert gardens.

Visits: 33

Northern Kentucky

We spent the last week+ moving around northern Kentucky. We started out at Riverfront Park in Bradenberg. A nice city park right on the Ohio River. Simple and peaceful with a nice walks. The park has a confederate monument that was moved from Louisville when they no longer wanted it and were going to relocate it. We enjoyed pizza at Jailhouse Pizza which was just outside the park. We drove to Fort Knox but there is not much to see or do. No tours and they were very strict on pictures. The depository is surprisingly small.

We then traveled to Cave City, to see Mammoth Cave National Park. We took the Extended Historical Tour. This was a 2 mile walk through the main cave. Although huge, not an impressive hike. We would recommend taking one of the other hikes.

The second day, we rode the Mammoth Cave Railway Bike Trail on our Blix eBikes. This was a 20-mile round trip ride. What a great bike ride in the fall. Calm and beautiful.

Next we travelled to Bardstown, Kentucky. But on the way, we stopped to visit Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site. A small and simple national park but worth a 1 hour stop to visit.

Bardstown is known as the Bourbon Captial of the World and named America’s “Most Beautiful Small Town” by Rand McNally. It is a very nice town to walk around. We had lunch at the old Talbott Tavern. We went to Scout and Scholar Brewery for a local beer. Stopped at Hurst Discount Drug to have a shake at the old-fashioned counter.

We visited Heaven Hill Distillery where they make many of the top bourbons in the world. Although we are in no way bourbon connoisseurs, we did their “Whiskey Connoisseur Experience” where we learned about and sampled 5 of their top whiskeys and bourbons. From 90 proof up to 133 proof – Wowzah that is strong stuff.

Visits: 48

Picacho Peak Park

On Wednesday, Pam and Terry went to Picacho Peak State Park. With all the rain have had, the desert flowers were blooming early.

Visits: 32

Sabino Canyon Trail

The group traveled to Sabino Canyon to walk the trails. Another great set of trails in Tucson. We started at the visitor center at the Bear Canyon Trailhead.

We walked up the Phoneline trail, but it we could not stay on it due the creek running strong from recent rains. We changed course and hiked to the Sabino Damn which created Sabino Lake.

Visits: 54

Tucson Update

We have been at Desert Trails RV Park for a couple of weeks. We leave next week on the 31st and head back to Palm Creek for February and March.

The weather turned cool (55-degree highs / 30-degree lows). But sunny. Not hiking as much as we should. A couple of 4 and 5 mile hikes in the Tuscon Mountain Park. The RV Park is right next to the park.

We traveled back to Benson, AZ to visit the SKP Coop (we are on the waiting list) and have lunch at Mi Casa with Terry and Kirk. We reaffirmed how much we like the SKP park and Mi Casa Restaurant. For fun, we stopped at the local San Pedro Golf Course for a drink. Nice place with great views.

We toured a couple of Robson 55+ retirement communities, but decided we are not ready yet to buy in Arizona. Going to focus on our future property on Squaw Lake in Wisconsin.

Visits: 38

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