While most of my other blog posts are more formal, this time I wanted to throw in an all-around fun story about RV life. It’s full of family, fun, friends, and fire. Yes, I said fire. Read on to find out all about our crazy RV adventure in Las Cruces and Alamogordo, NM.
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If you’ve been around our blog for any length of time you know we love to boondock. Any chance we get to meet up with other Fulltime Families who are boondocking, we do it. Back in March, we met up with two families who were going to be in one of our favorite places in New Mexico…Las Cruces.
You might recall that Brent went to school at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. My cousin also used to live there, so I’ve been to the area as well. We love it because it has some of the best NEW Mexican food around.
Anyway, we were excited to meet up with them at a boondocking location at the base of the Organ Mountains. This would provide us great access to the city as well as an easy drive to White Sands National Monument.
We pulled in, set up, said hello to everyone, and then headed out for the afternoon. We needed to go grocery shopping and do laundry, so that was the priority before getting settled in for the night. By the time we were finished with all of that, it was dark.
As we drove back through town, we noticed a glowing fire over on the mountain. We made our way back to our campsite without a worry…until we started down the road leading to the camper. There were cars EVERYWHERE. News crews, people stopped on the side of the road taking pictures, police and fire trucks. As we got closer to our campsite, we realized the fire was on the mountain directly above where we were boondocking.
It was far enough up the mountain that we weren’t really in any danger overnight. But when morning came, we got the dreaded knock on the door. We were told that we had to be out of the area by 9 AM. They were planning to use it as a staging area while they put out the fire.
Luckily, we had already planned on going to Brent’s old church that morning. It just added an extra few minutes of stress getting the camper situated to move. As we all packed up, one family decided they were going to head to church and lunch with us while the other family went to scout out other areas for us to stay.
At lunch, we stayed in contact with the family out scouting the area. They had gone a little further down the road from where we had stayed the previous night but found that the area was not going to work for us. So then they went on to Cloudcroft. I guess there was still a little snow on the mountain and they said that place was a no go as well.
So where’d we end up?
The parking lot of an old Discount City store in Alamogordo, NM. The property was abandoned and there were semi-trucks and other RVs parked there, so we thought we’d do the same. The three of us formed a triangle in the middle of the parking lot and stayed there all week long. Not once did anyone come to tell us we had to leave. Not even the police who were making traffic stops in the parking lot.
A little later in the week, we thought we were busted. We saw a truck drive around our RVs twice and then stop. A man got out and walked to the middle of our RV triangle looking around for anyone he could see.
Guess who he saw?
Our kid! Peyton was sitting at the dining table right next to the window and started waving to the guy. Ugh!!!
So Brent ended up going outside to talk to the man after he knocked on our door. Turns out he heard that a manufacturing company had purchased the building and he wanted to see if we were the owners. He had designed something that he was wanting to be manufactured.
Whew!! Close call.
It turned out to be a pretty nice week with friends. The kids played video games outside, built Hot Wheels tracks off the top of one of the RVs, and hung out at each other’s campers. We all went to White Sands a couple of days for exploring. And the adults even enjoyed a campfire one night all thanks to a propane fire pit. Nothing more country than having a campfire in a parking lot.
Oh! And I couldn’t forget to mention our entertainment for the week…a little blue paper towel.
This thing was stuck like glue to the pavement in the middle of the triangle of RVs. And it was super windy a few of those days. The day we left, winds were clocked at 40-50 mph and that little blue paper towel was still hanging on.
And that, my friends, is our fun RV story we’ll remember forever.