Thursday, April 7, 2011

Four Days at The Kiva

Rescue Burros at the Kiva RV Park & Horse Motel

I last wrote on Monday morning from the Route 66 Casino just west of Albuquerque, after having spent two nights boondocking in parking lots. That morning, I drove into Albuquerque and visited a few of the thrift stores along San Mateo Boulevard, then headed down I-25 to the Kiva RV Park & Horse Motel in Bernardo, NM.

This is an interesting place where they rent RV sites and horse stables, as well as operating a burro rescue operation. There were all sorts of animals around to look at and interact with, including a bevy of Bassett hounds. I could imagine how much fun it would have been to stay at a place like this when my kid was little. Someone at Kiva gave me some horse cookies to feed the critters. It was a little scary to have those huge mouths taking cookies from my hand, but lots of fun. (The foal was too young for cookies, but it sure was interested in them, anyway!)

It was also cool to see how much work they had done to make this flat piece of land more interesting. There was a beautiful meditation garden with a pond that I liked very much.

I'd planned to spend two nights at the Kiva, then pick up my general delivery mail at Bosque, a larger town about 10 miles up the road, but my mail didn't come as soon as I'd expected, so I spent an extra night. So I got some time to figure out my income taxes and get a lot of eBay stuff done. I mailed out about a dozen eBay packages this week from Bosque.

Overall, it's been a quiet week, so I don't have a lot of stories to tell, but I do have a great appreciation to express for New Mexico. I like it the best of the states I've visited so far. Everyone I've met has seemed really down to earth, with no pretensions, and the communities I've visited so far seem that way, too. It's also beautiful country, and there are lots more places that I'd like to explore here...Santa Fe, Taos, Roswell, Carlsbad Caverns, and all the beautiful back country places. I'm definitely gonna have to come back sometime when I'm not on my way to Georgia, the Midwest, and other places I have commitments.

I'm also definitely going to have some stories to tell about Truth or Consequences, where I arrived today! I am staying here at least a week and have a spot at an RV park/hot springs spa for $65 a week. Whoo hoo! I'm meeting up with two of my VanDwellers online friends here. I'm looking forward to hitting some AA meetings, trying some different spas, and just generally having fun before I get serious about heading east.


  1. Those burros are cutecutecute! Sounds like a fun place.

  2. Sounds like a great place to stay. Those pics of the animals are great. The pony is too sweet.

    Travgel Safe
    Dawn and Denise

  3. I enjoy reading your blog, it keeps me motivated to get my RV and to get on the road.

  4. I saw two Dophins parked at the Longview, TX Walmart and thought of you:), be safe, have fun:).

  5. Oh, yeah, LOVE those bassets!