On our last day at the Missile Range Joyce drove up to The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Ruidoso, NM to make her donation to their welfare fund. Since I don’t gamble too much and hate the smoke in casinos, I just hung around the RV relaxing.
This morning we left the Missile Range about 10:30 and after a quick stop at the Pilot Truck Stop in Las Cruces, we made the 135 mile drive to Deming, NM in good time. We took on 47 gallons of fuel at $2.75 per gallon which included our Pilot Rewards discount. We’re staying at the Roadrunner RV Park here in Deming, a Passport America affiliated park. We got a full-hookup parking site for $13.73 a night including taxes.
October 18, 2017
After getting settled in our parking site we decided to go over and check out the Elks Lodge here in Deming. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot so we thought that the lounge would be full. Not so and in fact there were just two folks there. Everyone else was there for the lodge’s Monday night bingo.
We asked the bartender where she would recommend for us to have dinner and she didn’t hesitate saying, “Ya gotta go to the Adobe Deli”. I questioned her about recommending a deli for dinner but she said the steaks are amazing.
The restaurant is located about ten miles east of Deming out in the middle of nowhere. The building is rustic and the atmosphere inside is all about the southwest. There are stuffed animals all over the place, saddles hanging on railings and a lot of posters stuck to the walls.
They had a lot to offer on their menu but I decided to get their 10 oz. filet and Joyce settled on the salmon. Our waiter told us that not only is he a waiter but he is also the restaurant’s butcher. Yep, the Deli processes their meat in house. The owner also makes his own wine. I got a glass of his cabernet and found it to be delicious. Here is a picture of the wine cellar: https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g47009-d511601-i136748496-Adobe_Deli-Deming_New_Mexico.html
Y’all have probably heard me rave about the steak I had at Bohanan’s in San Antonio, TX some years back. Well, I have found that steak’s match. My filet was prepared to a perfect medium rare and was like cutting into butter, and to say it was delicious is an understatement. Joyce said her salmon was moist, flaky and perfectly cooked as well. If you are ever in the Deming area make it a point to have dinner at the Deli. We were told that on Thursday thru Saturday reservations are a must.
Yesterday we drove up north of Deming to visit the City of Rocks State Park. Not too much to see up there except a lot of rocks but we found the place to be interesting. One of the cool things is the way that the tent sites sites are arranged among the rocks. They have several electric and water sites there as well.
After leaving there we drove out to Rockhound State Park to check out the camping there. They have a lot of electric/water sites and some tent sites as well.
This morning after Joyce did her walk we hooked up the CRV and headed west to the Fort Willcox RV Park in Willcox, AZ., arriving about 1 PM after gaining an hour when we crossed over into Arizona. This is another Passport America park so we get a good break on the daily rate at $24 including taxes and an extra $5 for 50 amp electrical service.
October 21, 2017
On the 19th we drove down to visit the Chiricahua National Monument. This is one of our National Park Service’s hidden gems and should not be missed when your in this area.
Yesterday we took a drive down to Douglas, AZ for no other reason that we had never been there. The drive down isn’t anything to write home about but we did see there is a lot of farming down that way that we didn’t expect to see.
For lack of anything else to do we stopped in at the Gadsden Hotel to see what might be happening in the area. After getting a beer in the Saddle and Spur Tavern we got to talking to a gentleman who was there and he told us about a terrace up on the second floor. Alex offered to take us up there so off we went. Read more about the hotel here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_Hotel
Alex is retired from the U.S. Army and the Veterans Administration who was born and raised in Douglas and definitely had the gift of gab. We learned a lot about his life and the history of Douglas from him. Alex and his lady now live in Huntington Beach, CA and come over to Douglas, get a room in the hotel and just relax.
This morning after Joyce did her walk we hooked up the CRV and made the 66 mile drive down to the Elks Lodge in Sierra Vista. The last time we were here we stayed at the Apache Flats RV Resort on Fort Huachuca but for several reasons we decided to stay off base this time. Our parking site here has 30 amp power and water for $12 a night.
The Elks Lodge here changed a lot from the last time we were here four years ago. The hours have been cut drastically and they don’t have as many patrons spending time here. In contrast, the VFW Lodge seems to have something going on everyday. We drove by there and the parking lot was completely full.
Barry & Joyce