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June 18

Alamogordo – Van Horn

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Today’s stop at Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic site near El Paso was a bit of a let-down. The ranger at the gate had missed out on a successful career as a 19th-century school mistress or a WW2 German camp guard, and the self-guided trails were very poorly signposted. Such a shame.
On to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, where the RV spots at Pine Springs Campground turned out to be an unshaded parking lot with no facilities. A bit too much of a good thing at this time of year in Texas, even if we do have A/C. Took in some fabulous views of the mountain range, though.

So: another change of plan and on to Van Horn where we are spending the night at Southern Star RV Park, with the interstate on the left and the railroad on the right. No shade here, either, but it’s later in the day, and they do have facilities. This is good.

All these RV parks are hooked up to a central system, usually a blue-screen, white-Courier-letter 1980s DOS system (when there was no Microsoft), which is invariably scheduled to be replaced, like, really soon. We always register under Leonie’s last name (Lammers) because it is easier to spell than mine. Inevitably, after a while (this being 1980s DOS), the question comes up whether her first name is Gayle or Julie or Johnston. We say: no, we do not have first names like that in the Netherlands. Then we get down to the nitty-gritty. Are you a veteran? Are you a retired fireman? Were you in the police force? Are you, or have you ever been, a teacher? Have you ever in your life been affiliated to a university. We say: absolutely, all the above between us. We get great discounts which I could not possibly begin to tally up for you, but here’s my advice to sum things up: Just say yes.

Posted by FierceOrc 11:25 Archived in USA Tagged rv texas new_mexico

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