Hey, we’re taking a trip! We won’t leave until next Friday, October 2, and we’ll be gone just a day beyond two weeks.
Where are we going? Essentially New Mexico, but we’ll start in the little town of Willcox, Arizona, where we’ll attend the annual Rex Allen Days festival. We’ve written before about Rex Allen, so we’ll just remind you that he was an old time singing cowboy in Western movies.
After that festival we’ll move into New Mexico, heading for Elephant Butte Lake and the town of Truth or Consequences. This is the town originally called Geronimo Springs, that took a dare from radio host Ralph Edwards to change its name to the name of his radio quiz program, Truth or Consequences.
T&C, as the locals call it, is the center of the Geronimo National Scenic Byway, that runs through some of the most scenic, as well as historical territory in the United States. The Byway is one loop, but for those without a high clearance 4-week drive, it is essentially two separate routes out of T&C.
There are at least four “ghost towns” along the route, and we intend to see them all.
After the Scenic Byway, we’ll drop down to the town of Columbus, NM, for an Escapees Chapters 21 and 23 joint rally.Columbus is right across the border from Palomas, home of the well-known Pink Store, where you can get everything from prescriptions and eyeglasses to meals and alcohol at very reasonable rates. It’s also in the area of the 1916 battle with Pancho Villa’s invading forces.
Then we come home to Benson for a while. Shortly after we get home, we hope to meet up with our friends Al and Kelly from Bayfield, Ontario. We’ve never met them, but we feel we know them like old friends, from reading Al’s daily blog, Travels with the Bayfield Bunch. They like to spend the winter down in the great southwestern USA, the center of … Our Life on Wheels!