I’m not going to tell you about coming home (on this post) but will tell you about our Christmas week in New Mexico and trying to get home which was difficult because of another breakdown. Remember when our radiator exploded on our way home from Kansas? Almost the exact same thing happened… but we’ll get to that.
For the first time in awhile we actually went on some more educational field trips. We went to White Sands National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, Petroglyph National Monument, and Bandalier National Park. We tried to go to Manhattan Project in Los Alamos but showed up 5 minutes late… oh well.
Bandalier National Park
By the time we got to Albuquerque I got to visit my oldest/dearest friend (longest, she’s not that old) and we went to see the Biopark River of Lights. I’ve officially seen all of my childhood pen pals this year!
We also went to Roswell which was way lamer than I thought it would be.
There were some mishaps of course. In Roswell our door flung open and when I pulled over for safety, my stairs came out and I completely bent them out of shape. We worked on it for about an hour and now they still don’t work correctly and I have to use a strap to keep them 87% of the way in.
Right outside of Santa Fe, I could smell the radiator and saw we were at hot. I started to slow down and after a couple minutes a Good Samaritan signaled me to pull over and helped me out a bit. We are very close to Denver at this point and it’s like deja vu. Last time we were coming home we had to get a whole new radiator. Luckily I have a good engine and caught it barely in time. We waited for the engine to cool down and found the only RV mechanic in town – but they were closed. So we made it to Walmart and bought some engine coolant. Drove further, had to cool it down again, added more coolant and after 4 hours we made it to our RV park which was supposed to be a thirty minute drive!
First thing Monday, we drove to the RV to the shop, but although it was early it took a couple hours to drive the same thirty minutes because we had to pull over several times to let the engine cool down and get more coolant.
Long story short, they were awesome and had us fixed up by afternoon and I had to drive a long way towards Colorado. I had to do about two and a half hours in the dark which I don’t like to do, but in New Mexico it wasn’t so bad.
It was an emotional few days and I had two panic attacks while shopping, but we eventually made it home and….you’ll have to wait for my next post to find out what happened there….
- The Good Samaritan
- The guys at the RV shop
- Getting home
“Instead of snow angels they’re sand angels.”
First we went to the White Sands. It was really fun. Every time we would go to a new mountain, I would dig this hole that was big enough for a dog to sit in, but I was still big enough to sit in it. Zoe and I also made mermaids in the sand. We got to the RV Park in Alamogordo and got a KOA Bumper sticker because my mother is obsessed with KOA’s. She wanted a sticker that said “Happiness is a KOA”, but instead we got a bumper sticker that said at the top in tiny letters “Alamogordo/White Sands” and in big letters it said “KOA” the background is yellow.
We went to Roswell and did a glow in the dark maze. It was a boat load of fun.