TOUR AMERICA 2019: DEMING, NEW MEXICO – LAND OF ENCHANTMENT

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Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:   Dream Catcher RV Park, Deming, New Mexico

Oct 5, 2019

Temperature 83

Till We Meet Again

Deming Visitor Center

The Fall season is definitely upon us.  The days are in the 70;s or low 80’s and the nights have been in the mid 50’s.  Perfect all the way around.

There was one last task on the Fall cleaning list and that was to clean the two exhaust fans in the ceiling.  In the past I have struggled to get them really clean.  Getting my hand up in and around the blades was always a chore.  I decided there had to be a better way.  Well, there was.  After studying the bathroom fan for a bit. low and behold I discovered that the one piece fan blade is held in place by a small set screw.  Loosen that up, the fan blade unit comes off and you now have full access to the remainder of the fan including the overhead cover.  In addition you can now take and properly wash the fan blade in the sink.  The net of it is, both fans now look brand new.

The remainder of the day we both spent reading our books.  I finally finished mine and to say I was disappointed with the ending is the understatement of the year.  The ending was twisted and sad and not what you would hope for.  It’s one book I will not read again.

Late afternoon the decision was made to gather one more time to say farewell to Bobby and Mary.  Mary was our activity director and she did an absolutely fantastic job during the past couple of months.  Bobby in turn worked in maintenance and as always also did an admirable job.  They are now off to Raccoon Valley in Tennessee for the winter.  Birrrrrr!  We’ll see them again next year when they and we move to the Escapees Park in Summerdale, Alabama.

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A much smaller group gathered than the night before.

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Another puzzle to do.

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Leftovers from the night before.

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Of the 24 plus rigs that were here, we are down to three ours being one of them.  By the end of the week, we’ll be gone as well.  There are not many others here either.  This park, because of its immediate access to Route 10, is more of a transient park.  The park will see a lot of rigs coming in around 3 to 4 pm, by the next morning they’re all gone.

Let me share with you now some pictures of our visit to the Deming Visitor Center. The Center is housed in a recreated train depot from Deming’s early years.

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This is today.  It is now no more than a bus shelter.  Yet, this is the busiest train station in Deming, of course it is also the only one!  A little research and you discover that you can travel by train to Deming from 19 destinations and choose from 49 daily train schedules to get you there.

 

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Within the Center we discovered this beautiful table.

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Outside we discovered Southern Pacific’s Locomotive No. 1221.  A yard engine all her life it was used to make up trains for other engines to pull.

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She was a typical snorting, rod-churning engine of the age when steam ruled the rails.

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No. 1221 topped the scales at 138,640 pounds, stood over 13 feet tall, occupied 31 feet of rail and cost $35,000 when new.  It is one of only two surviving members of Southern Pacific’s S-10 production run.

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Back at the end of the railroad display was the little red caboose.

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Looking down the center aisle.

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Inside, I found a couple items of interest.  No information on who or why this was created but it was neat looking.

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And then this a sad testimony to the world we now live in.

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The murals, however, are great.

That was about it at the Visitor Center.

Our day on The Road of Retirement was another great and wonderful one.  We just relaxed, finished up our Fall cleaning, read our books, and ended the day again in the best way possible, gathered with friends new and old.

Thanks for checking in with us again.  We always enjoy your company and your comments.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before

See you on down the road!

 

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