On our way to South Carolina for our daughter’s college graduation (yeah!!) we stopped at Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort. It was Mark’s 50th birthday so we thought we would have a nice little mini vacation before heading off to the heat and humidity of the south.
Ojo Caliente is famous for its waters. Discovered by Native Americans centuries ago and then conquered by the Spanish in the 1500’s when they discovered it (and displaced the natives as well). It holds a lot of history as well as the healing powers of the water.
There are many types of waters that are located here: Arsenic, Iron and Soda water just to name a few. There are multiple pools located throughout the resort with varying degrees of heat (89 to 104 degrees).
The resort has many different accommodations available including an RV park! Now, as RV parks go, it is pretty basic and it is quite expensive for what you get IMO ($40/night) but it is still cheaper than staying in the hotel.🙂
The RV Park consists of power and water hookups only (no sewer). There is a dump station but they charge $20 to dump. Kind of a rip off, I think. The spaces are a bit primitive, unlevel and can’t really accept large rigs (30′ would be pushing it). BUT there are many wonderful aspects to the springs that overrides the downsides to the park.
We spent 3 days at Ojo. The first day we were so overwhelmed with all the springs we couldn’t decide which one we liked best! On the second day though we knew we loved the Soda Pool the most.
We also really loved the mud zone! Yes, MUD!!! It sounds odd but wow did our skin feel great afterwards. You get wet, then mud up and lay out to dry. Then you wash it off. Your skin is silky smooth and so soft! Mark didn’t think he would like it but he had to admit it was pretty awesome.
One thing we especially enjoyed was the FOOD! The Artesian Restaurant was amazing in every way. We had lunch and dinner there every day and even breakfast for Mark’s birthday as well. We really spoiled ourselves with the food!
That was just a sampling of the food. We ate our way through the menu to be sure.🙂 In fact, we probably had these Green Chili Fries 5 times while we were there. SO GOOD!
For Mark’s birthday we did something pretty special – we rented a private hot spring for just the two of us. It had amazing views of the cliffs, a kiva fireplace and we snuck in a bottle of champagne to celebrate! Not something we would do every time we would visit but certainly an amazing treat!
All in all it was an amazing three days! And the best part? This is only 1-1/2 hours from our property in northern New Mexico! How awesome is that? Knowing we are close enough we can spend the day there or even take the truck camper for one night. Yes please! We will definitely be back!
When we bought our truck camper at the beginning of July we knew we only had a couple of weeks to get it squared away for our trip to South Carolina at the end of the month. We were on a time crunch to say the least!
The first thing we did upon bringing it home was to check all systems out. Everything works (that we can tell at the moment) and it was good to go. We could have taken it the way it was but honestly it smelled like it had been closed up for a long time and it really needed some deep cleaning. Next thing I know I am going on a painting frenzy!
The interior was outdated and blah. We thought white cabinets would brighten every thing up! It sure did.
I will be adding a tile backsplash but for now some leftover yellow paint from the cabin works just fine.
I had the teal left over from our cabin door. I really like how that pop of color looks!
Didn’t do a drastic change in the dinette. The cushions and fabric were still in good order but we added new curtains and of course painted all the cabinetry white. The walls we went with a real light tan.
The bathroom before had that hideous wallpaper. I stripped it all off and then painted with an exterior semi gloss paint. I know it won’t hold up forever to the water. When we get back we will be tiling the walls of the bathroom and replacing the flush toilet with our compost toilet.
The bed area before had a cabinet above where our heads were. The space is tight enough without that cabinet so we removed it. Painted the walls a lighter version of the bathroom by adding some white to it.
Whew! It was a lot of work and we accomplished it all in just two weeks. We also redid the floors! We had some leftover flooring from the cabin. We think it turned out great.
We have made our way out to South Carolina – an 1800 mile trip! It’s been a lot easier than pulling the trailer (even we did tow our 4 Runner) and so far everything’s been great!
Before leaving for South Carolina we went to Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot springs. I will be doing a post on that amazing place soon!
Well, new to us that is.🙂 We have downsized to a 1986 Lance 900 series truck camper!
The camper is in great shape and all systems work! The only thing it doesn’t have is AC but it is wired to have an AC unit in it. At some point we will add one in.
Looking good on the GMC!
Inside is a bit dated of course. What can you expect from the 80’s? So, our mission is to totally update it and make it a bit more modern! And as we are leaving for South Carolina on July 25th we better get cracking!
What will we do for AC in the south? Well, we are just going to throw a window unit in it as a temp solution. Yeah, it will be a bit redneck-ish but better that than melting in the heat!
In the next couple of weeks we will be adding solar, repainting everything and generally just giving it a really good cleaning. There are some minor repairs to make but nothing that is too difficult.
We will get as much done as we can before leaving for SC and our daughters college graduation and will finish up all the renovations when we return in August!
Our plan is to leave our little off grid cabin before the snow flies (generally October) and then hit the road for the winter!
Stay tuned for our maiden voyage. Hopefully it all goes as planned but you never know with us. 😜
Ok y’all, we are in the cabin for the summer (woohoo!!) so we’ve decided to put our rig up for sale! We want to downsize to something smaller for our winter adventures but before we do that this one has to go.If you have followed this page this past year you know this has been a fun rig and we’ve had some great adventures in it! But, we really want to camp in some areas that we just can’t get this rig into so it’s got to go to someone who will enjoy it as much as we have. So, if anyone is near northern New Mexico and has any interest in this beautiful travel trailer here are the specifics! Even if you’re not close by, we can certainly work a deal.
For Sale!! 2015 Aspen Trail 2780RLS 30′ travel trailer by Dutchmen.
$16000.00 OBO (no low ball offers, please)
Purchased new June 2015 for $30k. MSRP $33,900
We are downsizing so our loss is your gain!
Clean title – no money owed on this rig!
This is a beautiful travel trailer and we have hauled it from South Carolina to New Mexico. We traveled full time in it for about a year so all the bugs and kinks are worked out! It is in great condition with only very minor wear and tear.
Power tongue jack and manual stabilizers.
Included is the anti-sway bar kit with heavy duty tow ball hitch.
One large slide (slide topper) with couch and dinette. Both fold down into beds for the kids! SLEEPS 6!
Automatic awning 18′ with LED exterior lighting.
Gorgeous L shaped kitchen with stove/oven combo, split sink with modern faucet, microwave and dual propane/electric fridge/freezer. Propane/electric 6 gallon hot water heater.
Lots of cabinet and storage space in this unit.
All lighting has been converted to LED and it has one 100 watt solar panel with a 30amp PWM charge controller and one 100 amp hour deep cycle battery. It is set up to add three more 100 watt Renogy solar panels up top (as the brackets are still there and no holes were put in roof as they were Dicor’d down) and there is a large battery bank area in the pass through to add more batteries. 12 volt plugs have been added throughout for ease of charging phones/laptops or running a 12 volt fan.
Ducted air conditioning and furnace. Both work perfectly!
It has been set up for boondocking (dry camping) and we have a composting toilet that we have removed so it will need a regular flush toilet added which we will be happy to do pending sale – or better yet, just get a composting toilet! 😊
A mattress will also be needed as we kept the Temperpedic we bought for it. It will hold a full length queen size mattress.
Large storage under bed and dinette. Large pass through storage as well.
Everything works and has been well maintained this past year. There are new seals/bearings in the wheels with better high temp grease that is an upgrade from factory. New water pump was installed for better PSI with a water saving Oxygenics shower head.
Spare tire and rack.
Stereo system with outdoor speakers.
So many features it’s hard to list them all! Just ask if you have any questions.
This is a NON SMOKING rig. We do have a dog but the rig is very clean!
Any questions please Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Located in Tierra Amarilla, NM. More images will be added but here are a few!
This past week we knew we had a storm coming. It mostly just showed rain but to be on the safe side we loaded up on propane, groceries and the like. And it’s a good thing we did!
Over the weekend we had a bit of rain and snow but it didn’t stick around and it really didn’t seem all that bad. Then Sunday it all changed. Around 3pm a little light snow started coming down.
And then around 5pm it really started falling.
The weather service predicted about 1-2″ of snow fall. Boy, were they wrong!
The snow was supposed to stop by 10am. But as of this writing at 11am it is still coming down heavy. It’s supposed to turn to rain later in the day which will of course melt it all off and make everything a soupy, muddy mess. As we are a mile and a half down a dirt road we will be staying put until everything dries out. The 4 Runner can make it out if necessary but it’s better to stay put and enjoy this last (hopefully) snow storm of the season! It really is quite beautiful and our new metal roof on the cabin is holding up well. Cheers!
And the RV looks pretty damn cozy too.
It’s a good thing we don’t have to be anywhere – we are pretty well snowed in for now.🙂 We had to get up on the roof of the RV and clean off the solar panels and run the genny for a bit! It’s always nice to have a back up system.