Rain In April In The Boot Heel

Chiricahua Mountains
The Boot Heel was ready for some moisture and last night the Rodeo, New Mexico had 2 tenths of rain with thunder. Today I took these pictures as more thunder in the sky, and should get rain some place in the Portal, Arizona or Rodeo, New Mexico area. Just going outside from Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park the air smells fresh and clean. It is now raining with a bit of hail and more thunder!

If you click on the panorama to enlarge you will see I started from southwest turning west then north to the northeast. Lots of dark sky in the area!


Happy Easter From New Mexico

Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park

Tombstone Rose

Happy Easter everyone from Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park in Rodeo, New Mexico. I hope this finds everyone enjoying spring like everyone is in the Boot Heel of New Mexico. This was a strange winter for most of the United States but was the nicest winter I remember here. The Tombstone Rose (Rose banksiae) is beautiful this year with so many blossoms. It has been blooming for several weeks now and has been in April for several years.

Some things I thought about Easter: it is about Easter baskets, egg dying, buying a new spring outfit and going to church together as Easter is really about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Sunset Over Chiricahua Mountains

Sunset From Rodeo, New Mexico

This is a sunset from Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park in Rodeo, New Mexico. I took this with my new I Phone as my other cell phone was not working any more, this new phone sure does a lot and I do not know much yet. There is no bend in the road but I figure I was moving to slow while taking this.

Living in Rodeo the views are so much different than when you are in the canyons as we get a futher view but much larger view.


Cave Creek Canyon Portal, Arizoona

Cave Creek Canyon
Cave Creek Canyon

Went to Cave Creek Canyon in Portal, Arizona with guest at Mountain Valley Lodge and R.V. Park in Rodeo, N.M. The view in the canyon is beautiful and the guests really enjoyed themselves here. The Chiricahua Mountains have many birders who come from all over to see and check them off their bird list. The mountains have exceptional Ponderosa Pine biodiversity such as black bears, white tail deer, Elegant Trogon, Chiricahua Leopard Frog,  Pine, many hiking trails and the list goes on this link will take you to more information Friends Of Cave Creek Canyon.


January Vacation in Wisconsin

Too Cold To Go Outside

I went to Wisconsin to visit my mother for her 93rd birthday in January it was so cold and snowing. I did get to visit with family but refused to drive as the roads were so bad and a long time since I have driven on ice or snow. The plane was cancelled 5 times due to Chicago getting in and out, so my vacation lasted 5 extra days. The day I finally left this was the temperature and of course it was windy. My brother called it a old fashion winter, but also said he would like to come visit in Rodeo!

I did tell my family I would not go to Wisconsin again in January, summer would much better. When I returned back to Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park in Rodeo, New Mexico I really enjoyed the sun plus going outside and have my morning coffee.
Koi Pond


My Vacation In San Diego, Ca

Crab Cakes
Begonia Plant
Ocean Front
I went on vacation to San Diego, Ca. the weather was perfect and company was great. I had a very enjoyable vacation with my friends and stayed at their home here for a week. We went to several different restaurants to eat but the Crab Cakes and Margaritas were the best at Brigantine Restaurant. We walked the Ocean Front walkway seeing folks play in the sand, laying on the beach, swimming in the ocean, and checked out several stores in the area. We also went to a movie on the big screen, and treated myself to a pedicure! 

One night we sat by a campfire in the back yard visiting with a few friends. It took me 9 hours to drive to San Diego with a few stops, such as Dateland for a shake. After a week here is when we went to San Felipe for 2 weeks which they drove.


My Vacation At The Sea Of Cortez

My Ride
View From House I Was Visiting

Sting Ray
Dunn Buggy

I went on vacation in March to the Baja in Mexico when the Baja off road racing 250 miles was happening  this was great excitement for me as the first time I attended the race, Sea Of Cortez. I had so much fun riding in the Dunn buggy to go watch the race, riding along on the beach and  on partying the beach, going down the beach to a restaurant, the driver of the buggy  was a very good driver and did we go fast! I could get up in the morning and have my coffee on the deck and watch the tide come in, walk on the beach and no one else around. We went to Gonzaga Bay to visit theie friends and they caught a octopus and fresh fish so had ceviche for breakfast.

 I stayed with my good friends on this vacation and they have a wonderful place and showed me a great time.


Cyclist 5 th Year Tour Thur Rodeo, New Mexico

Cycling New Mexico
Setting up Camp
Coast 2 Coast Cycling


Coast 2 Coast uses the Southern tier ( with a few of Bubba's change of route) they start the bicycle tour from San Diego, Ca. to St. Augustine, Fl. This year C 2 C had 43 riders and 18 staff which included massage therapist, catering,  bike mechanic, and sag vehicles. One rider told me it was his 3rd trip doing the C 2 C trip with Bubba, that he so enjoys the ride. U.S. Hwy. 80 is a 2 lane road with Mountain's on both side in some place in Arizona and New Mexico. Mountain Valley Lodge and R.V. Park sure enjoys visiting with guests as many different reasons for doing this Bicycle tour.

The Painted Pony Resort had cycling group the same night called Lizard Head Cycling, guess it is the time of year to tour the Southern Tier.


Sun Conure Parrots Entertaining

Fun With Parrots
Sun Conure Parrots
Sun Conure Parrots are free flying in Rodeo, New Mexico they belong to Chris Biro who lives in the Boot Heel of N.M. The Sun Parrots come and visit Mountain Valley Lodge and R.V. Park and eat the pecans off the trees, entertain myself and guests during the day and everyone sure enjoys them, this is a wild part of the birds.  liberty wings is a great place to learn about what Chris is doing.  Chris also does Parrot shows to educating audiences about parrots and endangered birds for over two decades.

This picture is the Sun Conure Parrot checking out the camera or is it checking out the person taking the picture?


Free Flying Parrots In Rodeo, New Mexico

Sun Conure
Scarlet's Parrot
Parrots Eating Pecans

Today Mountain Valley Lodge and RV Park in Rodeo, New Mexico had a Scarlet Parrot and several Sun Conure Parrots come to eat some Pecans off the trees. This was so much fun to watch them, if the Pecans fell on the ground they would not go get them just go after one on the tree. Pecans are a natural food for them and also the beauty of the several different like the Sun Conure and Scarlett's Parrot.

In Rodeo we have a person who is a flight instructor for free flying Parrots so they do fly around town and go back home again what a thrill!

 Chris has been flight training parrots as part of The Pirate’s Parrot Show, an educationally based pirate-themed parrot show that has performed at state and county fairs across the US since 1989. He flies parrots in a variety of environments ranging from busy state fairgrounds to high mountain desert canyons and cliffs. He is the founder and owner of the free-flight email list, started in 1990, that currently has over 1800 members across the world. Chris has presented about free-flight at national conferences such as American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) Conference, International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) Conference (bird trainers) and Parrots International Symposium (parrot conservation) as well as presented 2 day flight training seminars in France and Portugal.

 The Pirate’s Parrot Show is a Fun, Educational, and Interactive experience for all ages and cultures.  This informative show comes complete with a large variety of parrots from around the world, “real” pirates, an authentic Pirate Ship display, and delightful speech and free flight performances. Each year, 30-50 thousand people from across the country are amazed and delighted to safely hold and pet these parrots. Link to Chris's Free Flight Training page.

 Scientists estimate that only 2,000 to 2,800 adult thick-billed parrots remain in the wild, all of them in Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental. "Naturally occurring flocks" of the birds were last seen in Arizona in 1938 at the Chiricahua National Monument east of Tucson, and in 1964 in the Animas Mountains of southwest New Mexico.


Dinner With Guests

Enjoying A Meal Together
Mountain Valley Lodge and RV Park in Rodeo, New Mexico had guests in January who gave me some Elk steaks so my RV guests from Michigan cooked  up a great meal and went with the hiking club this past week. The meal included guests staying from France for several days and also went on the hike with the hiking club, guest from a Island off Washington state guest from Germany and myself.

It was a great time with all of us talking, having a beer or a glass of wine visiting till way after dark as you can tell we started at 5 P.M. so we could see what we ate. The night sky is so beautiful in this part of the Boot  Heel that the guests do not see from where they live.


Mc Cord Trail Day Hike

Cave Creek Canyon
Portal Rodeo Hiking Club
Hiking up hill
Nineteen people met at Cave Creek Ranch in the Chiricahua Mountains for a hike up Mc Cord Trail in the Chiricahua Mountains. I myself have not hiked for awhile so I did not go up and over but went to the saddle had a lunch, visited with the people who did not go up and over then headed back down. The hike was a elevation gain of about 2,000 feet and maybe 5 miles as we took a side trip. Guests from Mountain Valley Lodge and RV Park were also hiking 2 from Michigan and 2 from France and they really enjoyed the views. 

We saw Javelina's at the start of the hike and a coues white tail during the hike. It turned out to be a nice day for everyone to enjoy.To view the map click here.

Custom Moccasins With Antler Rosette Buttons

My Christmas Present
Custom Moccasins
Antler Rosettes
I had Skull Canyon Leather from the San Simon Valley, in Arizona make me a pair of Custom Moccasins with Antler Rosettes for buttons as they are more natural. This was a Christmas present for myself this year, I am also having a purse made to match this was a after thought. I have worn them a few times now and they are like walking on air and so comfortable. I was shown the right way to lace them up and how to clean them, what to clean them with also. The moccasins were made of Buffalo hide, I even had a arch made with the inserts as I have a high arch. The sole is made of Vibrant New flex and slip resisting characteristics. I also had feathers put on for a decoration which was the first feathers they have done.

This is the first pair of any type shoe that I have had custom made and I am so happy with them. If you are in the area stop by Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park and check my Moccasins!


Merry Christmas From Mountain Valley Lodge And RV Park

Merry Christmas everyone! Mountain Valley Lodge and RV Park in Rodeo, N.M. had a get together with a fire in a fire pit, luminaries, ( A New Mexico tradition) friends, guests in RV Park. We had green chile soup, corn bread, home made candy, shrimp, cheese and crackers, chips and salsa, a few other foods, no one left hungry. Hot Buttered Rum for around the fire was very good as the temperature was in the low 30's so this was perfect.

This was a wonderful evening for everyone to enjoy! I hope everyone enjoyed the evening as much as I did. I know there are people who are home alone and do not have family so this can be a very sad time for some people.

My guests from Michigan brought a sky lantern and at midnight they lite it and away it went far in the sky it went north then back over us and then south and really high in the sky, when it burns out it falls to the ground so no danger of a fire.


Merry Christmas From The Pink Store In Polomas, Mexico

Merry Christmas From The Pink Store

Beautiful Pottery

The Boot heel social club went to Polomas, Mexico to Christmas shop, have a Margarita, have a delicious lunch Mexican or American food, visit with the staff and each other, and check out what is new as there is always something new at the Pink Store!  This was the first time that a friend from British Columbia was available to come with us as she only comes to stay at her place in Rodeo, N.M. a month or so a year, she sure had a great time. One of the other ladies is staying at Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park in Rodeo which this is her 2nd visit to Polomas, Mexico.

 The Plaza is a visual feast of colors, architectural display, shops and many services. Everything you come to Mexico to do is here in this area surrounding the Plaza. You'll find eyeglasses and exam, dental work, gold jewelry and pharmaceuticals. An extensive menu at the Pink Store offers Mexican and American fare. Wonderful service, carefully prepared food, the best margaritas! The Mariachis play and sing this is always so much fun.

The Pink Store offers tours to visit the Mata Ortiz pottery village, Casa Grandes, and the Copper Canyon.


Santa And Mrs. Claus

Santa and Mrs. Claus

 The Rodeo Community Center had a Christmas meal for anyone to attend and enjoy! A meal was at 5 P.M. turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, and drinks will be provided by Rodeo Cafe, Rodeo Community Assoc. and Sew What. All a person needs to do is to bring a side dish or a dessert if you want. After the meal entertainment will be provided for everyone to enjoy. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive sometime during the evening! For a small community one sure can be amazed at the 100 plus people that come out for a event!


First Snow Of The Season

Peloncillo Mountains
This is the first snow of the season in Rodeo, New Mexico. This was taken in the afternoon after some snow melted.  Mountain Valley Lodge and RV Park received .65 with rain and snow. Since I have lived in the Boot Heel for 12 years or so this is the first snow before Thanksgiving it is usually rain this time of year. Still leaves on the trees in the yard, so warmer weather is in the forecast for later in the week then maybe the leaves will fall off and I can rake them up. We do get beautiful poppies in the spring when winter moisture happens.


A Night Of Two Full Moons

Full Moon And Orb
On this full moon night at Mountain Valley Lodge and RV Park, I went outside to check the moon, it was so big and beautiful and the pecan tree has golden leaves now so I went in to fetch the camera. I took 7 pictures as they never all turn out. This full moon is called the Beaver moon by the Native Americans and some call it the frosty moon. 

Then when I down loaded the pictures this is the only one with a orb, so I Goggled it and gives some examples as water particles suspended in air, dust particles suspended in air,  centers of consciousness. This one is white, you can see through it, I did not alter this picture as I have never taken a picture with a orb appearing in it before. So I figure the automatic flash went off and this is the result or a spiritual orb!


Custom Moccasins By Skull Canyon Leather

Making A Cast
Skull Canyon Leather is located by the Chiricahua Apache Mountains about 10 miles from Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park in Rodeo, New Mexico. They offer the finest in Leather masks, custom Buffalo moccasins, leather sandals and more.

They came to my house and it took about 3 hours to decide the colors as there are many colors to choose from in Buffalo hide, how many buttons means how high the moccasins will be, the type of buttons I chose are antler rosettes and many different kinds such as metal with different designs, walnut buttons, leather with many colors choices. The type of soles and what type of insert you want.

Then I stood on some stiff paper and he drew my foot print on it, he cut it out added some type of tape to them. I put on a mesh sock,  then he taped it up to my knees. They do both feet as almost everyone has different feet. He then drew lines on them and cut them off of me. He saves the cast so if someone wants another pair the cast part is done.

 They had to order the Buffalo hide and then will take 3 to 4 days to make. The finished product.


Drive to Mexico for a Margarita!

Medical Vision Optical
Pink Store
Happy Birthday
The Boot Heel Social Club went to Polomas, Mexico for a birthday party celebration! There were 9  ladies on this adventure to the Pink store they also surprised us with a birthday cake for the party and the mariachi band played some great songs and sang happy birthday. It is always fun when we eat, visit, shop and have Margaritas. When you arrive at the Pink Store they welcome you with a drink to help relax you after the drive, it also helps to spend more money than you may other wise do,  you get to walk around the store with your glass I do not think you can do this in the United States. This drive from Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park in Rodeo, New Mexico is just under 100 miles but so worth the drive!

We also went to the Medical Vision Optical as some ladies had a eye exam and bought new frames to go with them, which it is always fun having so many along helping to pick out the new frames. The glasses are ready in 2 hours and they also do hearing tests.  As you see in the picture everyone had to try on a pair for a picture.


Ride A Bike, Save Gas

Old West Trails
U.S. Hwy 80
I live in Rodeo, New Mexico and have a bicycle,  I have not ridden in a few years.  I took it out of the shed and realized it needed some new tires. I loaded it up drove to town and had new tires, tubes, pedals  and a tune up. It works just fine now so I can ride in many direction,  on U.S. Hwy. 80  this Old West Country Trail is part of it. The Chiricahua Mountains to the west and Peloncillo Mountains to the East.

 Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park gets quite a few people cycling  through this area when on a adventure. They spend a night either tenting or rent a room, so I  get to visit with them to find out where they are heading and where they have been. 

When you ride your bike, you are doing a lot of good things, many of which are for the benefit better health, peace of mind, see the world thru different eyes,  increased confidence and self-reliance.


Ten Year Anniversary Owning A Business In Rodeo, New Mexico

Old Sign
New Sign
I have been the owner of Mountain Valley Lodge and RV Park in Rodeo, New Mexico for ten years on November 2, 2013. This has been a real challenge for me as it was a renovation job when I bought this business. As you see I had a handy man build me a new sign, and so many other projects during the years. The biggest project was to get rid of 7 cess pools and have a new septic system then not thinking the yard was a real mess so took almost a year to create and landscape. Creating a cactus garden in front is where the leach field now is.  Adding lattice to help create privacy for everyone, this was fun! Then having 2 new metal roofs put on, electrical work done. waterfall on the Koi pond and the list goes on. Now that things are working and fixed up I am at retirement age and would like to try something else for my next chapter of life. I now have Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park for sale.

I have had so much fun meeting so many nice people in the Portal, Arizona and Rodeo, New Mexico area which some will be life long friends. I have enjoyed meeting  and visiting with my guests as they come from all over the world.


Happy Halloween From Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park

Happy Halloween
Never Know Who Will Show Up
Look At This Nose
Not Afraid Of This Coyote
Great Friends
Happy Halloween from Mountain Valley Lodge and RV Park in Rodeo, New Mexico! Hope your children have fun trick and treating. The parents have fun with a bonfire, wear costumes, carving pumpkins into Jack O Lanterns, apple bobbing, haunted houses and scary stories.

 In many countries celebrate this evening of October 31st, I also found out this was called All Hallows' Eve. Some think of superstition pagan roots. and This is getting to shorter days and cooler evenings ushering in winter season with gatherings. 

In our area at the Animas school the parents fill the trunk of the cars with candy and kids go from trunk to trunk this saves the parents from driving them around the San Simon area.