Blogs I Follow – “Lifes Little Adventures”

In between my journeys I am going to write about the blogs I follow myself.  I plan on telling you about each blog and the particular reasons I happen to be following them.  The first blog I would like to mention is “Life’s Little Adventures” .  This blog is written by Jim and Gayle who have been on the road fulltiming with 2 cats since Oct. 2008.

I first met Jim and Gayle in Albuquerque, NM during the 2010 Balloon Fiesta.  We were all introduced to each other since we were with a large group of Lazy Daze owners.  If you have never attended a Balloon Fiesta you are really missing out on a great time.  Lots of wonderful fun people, great food and of course the hundreds of balloons that go over us each day.  It was one of the highlights of my fulltiming adventures and I will be attending again this year.

After the Balloon Fiesta we each went our different ways and I didn’t catch up with Jim and Gayle until January, 2011 at Quartzsite.  Again it was a Lazy Daze group that was organized to meet by my good friend Roger.  We spent about a week boondocking about 1/2 mile from the big tent and everyone shared their experiences of the day at the campfire.  Again it was a great time.

After that there was a 4 day SW Lazy Daze Rally in Benson, AZ over Feb/March where we met up again.  It is amazing how you happen to meet up with perfect strangers and become great friends in just a matter of months.

I had scheduled to have my teeth cleaned in Palomas, Mexico by my new-found dentist some time in April, 2011 so spent a few days at Pancho Villa State Park.  Just before I was going to leave I got an email from Jim and Gayle.  They mentioned that they were staying at Rockhound State Park about 30 miles away and wondered if I would like to meet up with them there.  I agreed and met them there the following day.  While there we did a lot of hiking in the park and in the nearby parks as well.  It was great fun.

At the time this post was written they are camp hosting at Lake Wappapello in Missouri.  I don’t think they were planning on attending the Balloon Fiesta this year since they will be going to a Lazy Daze rally instead.

They are great friends and I have enjoyed both camping with them and reading about their adventures in their “Life’s Little Adventures” blog.  By the way I am horrible about remembering names but their names were really easy for me.  Jim and Gayle are the names of my parents.  How could I forget them?  LOL!!!!!

deming luna mimbres museum and the pink store

If you have never been to the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum you have really missed a treat.  It is one of the most fabulous museums I have seen anywhere and for a small town this is a real gem.  All the items in the museum were donated or on loan to the museum by residents of the Deming area.

They have a large collection of items affiliated with the Mimbres Indians.  Upstairs they have huge collections of thimbles, earrings, medical equipment, office equipment, etc.  Downstairs they have about anything you can think of including a huge collection of gems, liquor bottles, assorted cowboy stuff, cars, fire engines and lots more.

This is one of the Spanish carts that used to serve food on the streets of Deming.  A fast food joint on wheels.

Be sure to click and then click again to enlarge all photos.

Next this really brought back a lot of memories.  When I was growing up in Detroit, MI my father’s occupation was repairing typewriters.  His shop was in the basement of our home.  He taught me how to dismantle a typewriter to be overhauled.  I worked on many typewriters similar to this one.  Now typewriters are a thing of the past being replaced by computers and printers.

An old-time switchboard with it’s operator.  I am sure she listened in on many conversations.

This is a very old fire engine that was used in Deming.  Still in very good condition.

Next a display of some very old automobiles.

Kids growing up in the 50’s would really enjoy seeing this display.  It was all the old cowboy stars – Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers.  I remember watching them all on our 10″ TV on Saturday mornings.

Then a group of us went from the museum down to The Pink Store in Palomas, Mexico.  We had a great time eating delicious Mexican food, drinking margaritas and then shopping after lunch.  This is a pic of us being serenaded by a mariachi band.

Here is  a pic of the motley crew.  I am usually not in many pics on my blog so if you didn’t recognize the handsome gentleman on that left that is me.

It was a long but fun day.  I could have probably spent more time in the museum and had one less margarita, but duty called.