Catching up

It’s been a crazy 6 weeks!  We left Mammoth Lakes, CA and headed to Albuquerque, NM.  The intention was to catch up with some errands, do some shopping, meet up with Mark’s friend and then hit the Balloon Fiesta.

That’s when it all went south.

On our drive into Albuquerque, the transmission on the truck went out.  As we were towing the trailer up some steep grades into the city.

Fortunately we were able to limp our way into town and get set up in an RV park before the truck gave up the ghost. We were just thankful we didn’t get stuck on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.

City of Albuquerque
City of Albuquerque

We started to notice the tranny was shifting really hard going up the last few grades.  With Mark being a mechanic I could tell by the “oh shit” look on his face that it wasn’t good.

Now granted, the truck has 97,000 miles on it. The people who owned it before us also towed a travel trailer.  So it’s not really surprising the tranny decided to put up a protest.  I mean, it’s worked pretty hard all its life!

Fortunately we were able to find a fantastic tranny shop in ABQ. If you are ever there and are in need of even a tranny service, Mikes Transmission is the place to go. The owner (Mike) is a good and HONEST mechanic. He is busy tho. It took 3 days before we could drop off the truck and then it was another 5 days before we got the truck back. Granted, that was over the weekend and he to order the transmission. So really it wasn’t too long.  But being without our truck wasn’t fun.

Mike of Mike's Transmission
Mike of Mike’s Transmission

We ended up going with a new tranny (not rebuilt) with a 3 year/100,000 mile warranty through GM. Considering we hope to have this truck for at least that long we figured it was the way to go.

So where are we now? Weren’t we supposed to be in ABQ for the Balloon Fiesta?  Where are all the balloon pics?  Well that WAS the plan. But we decided we needed a break from ABQ. The RV park we stayed at really sucked. It was right on the freeway and it was loud and noisy.  And with my anxiety issues I was just DONE with city life.  So we headed up to Chama, NM for a week or so. Talk about peace and quiet!

The Chama River, Chama, NM
The Chama River, Chama, NM

Our plans were to go back to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta but then something happened in Chama.  We fell in love!!  With the town, with the scenery and with the people.  We just felt at home!  So, we looked around for a piece of land to call our own and within 5 days we were property owners!  We bought 5.5 acres with a little (unfinished) cabin.  With all that going on we never did make it back to ABQ but the good thing is the Balloon Fiesta will be there next year.

Here is a preview of our little tiny cabin and land:

Little cabin in New Mexico
Little cabin in New Mexico
Our 5.5 acres of rolling hills
Our 5.5 acres of rolling hills
Cheers!! This is our glorious view!
Cheers!! This is our glorious view!

So what’s the plan, you may ask?  Well, we’ve got a lot on our plate as you can imagine.  Our goal is to eventually off grid homestead this little piece of dirt.  Before winter sets in (it snows here!!) we’ve got to get the RV pad done on the property.  We’ve been delayed because of weather and our trip to Texas for the State Fair (post on that soon!) but we are hoping to have it finished in the next couple of weeks.  We are currently staying in town at the only RV Park that stays open through the winter.  I hope we haven’t bitten off more than we can chew by staying around.  It’s already snowed here (today, in fact) and it’s only October 21!  Thankfully it didn’t stay around long.

So does that mean we are finished being full time RVer’s?  Nope, not at all!  It just means we have a game plan for our future!  We will be taking trips over the winter while we are working on the cabin and land (hopefully, if we don’t get snowed in here!!) and we have plans to visit Mark’s family in southern California for Thanksgiving.  But for now it’s time to work on projects, get some work done on my businesses and just be homebodies!  🙂

We hope you will stick with us and follow our adventures!

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