Abilene Texas to Benson Arizona
Buck Creek RV Park
Buck Creek RV Park is a very simple, full hook up RV park overlooking Abilene. They offer all pull through campsites. It is a great place to stop if you are passing through or exploring Abilene for a few days.
What surprised us about Highway 20 in general throughout Texas was how rough of a road it was. So many pot holes and a very rough ride.
Midland Texas & the I-20 Nature Preserve
Midland RV Resort
We arrived in Midland Texas and stayed at the Midland RV Park with a threat of wind, rain and thunder-storms. Arriving around noon we ended up having dark clouds and strong winds the rest of the remaining day.
We also hit the jackpot at this RV place due to having a highly recommended RV Repair person available about 30 minutes after we arrived. If you need RV repairs, call Leon Booth (Mobile RV Tech) in Midland. You can find him doing a Google search. Fortunately he was able to fix our hot water heater within an hour, which then allowed us plenty of time to take in a hike just across the street from where we were staying at the I-20 Wildlife Preserve – bird sanctuary. What a treat that was.
The I-20 Wildlife preserve just across the street from the RV Park as promised, had lots of birds, turtles and other wildlife giving us a nice break from our travels. No dogs allowed though, so leave your pooches in the RV.
The storm hit us in the late evening and was pretty much over by the time we were ready to leave the next day.
Van Horn, Texas
We decided to take a break from our one night stays to stay at Van Horn for two nights. A very interesting place with lots of history in the surrounding area. Of course, we were now in the desert and what’s there? Pickers that just about took the dogs out from walking any distance. Desert in the spring time, especially after rain is such a beautiful place, just watch for those darn weeds.
We ended up having a wonderful breakfast at the restaurant on site at the campground before heading out to explore the area. Starting with a visit to the local museum in downtown Van Horn, we learned a lot about the local area, past and present. We also learned that the CEO of Amazon owns much of the land north of Van Horn and is planning on some very interesting things for it’s future. See link for more details.
Valentine Texas, about 35 minutes from our camping place is a ghost town, but does have a few hundred residents. (still not sure how that qualifies as a ghost town). A few old buildings were there with some old cars, etc. from its hay day. The winds were friendly, so the Eyes of Lola – our DJI Mavic Drone was up and flying at Valentine!
We stopped at the site known as Prada just on the outskirts of Valentine. The store (not actually a place to shop, just a display) was set up with some Prada purses, etc. It is a great place to stop and take a pictures of a unique object d’art.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
There are some really nice rest areas along the interstate going through New Mexico. The wild flowers were blooming all through the hills.
We ended up staying at the Las Cruces KOA on the side of a hill overlooking Las Cruces for just one night. What a view no matter what time of the day.
As we arrived just after noon, going out for lunch in the ‘old town’ of Mesilla before heading to Walmart to pick up Jeff’s prescription for an infected tooth. The restaurant was a treat for us and we walked around the old part of town a bit just enjoying some of the local tourist offerings.
Heading to Walmart, we did some quick grocery shopping before realizing we had gone to the wrong one to pick up Jeff’s prescription. Who knew that Las Cruces had three Walmart.
Lordsburg, New Mexico
Our next stop was at the Lordsburg KOA. It is a clean campground that is convenient to the freeway. Eyes of Lola was out and we did a little more flying at this quick one-night layover on our way to Tucson Escapade.
Our last stop before Tucson was the Cochise Terrace RV Resort in Benson, Arizona. Cochise Terrace is an upscale RV park with lots of activities. We could have stayed here for a couple of weeks exploring the hills and ghost towns in the area, but the Escapee Escapade was calling us.
Arriving in Benson just after noon and the first question out of my mouth was, can we wash the RV and car in the park. They weren’t recognizable any longer, covered with dust from the time we left Florida until now. Our assigned campsite was asphalt for our overnight stay and they did allow us to wash both Lola and Toad for $5. Thank goodness. The wash took about 2 hrs to complete but we at least got the initial layer of dust off and buffed out the layer of minerals that had settled on the surface where the water heater had leaked onto the RV and the car.
Once we stopped cleaning and had a quick bite to eat, we were able to explore a bit in the area and take the DJI drone up for a quick flight before the evening sunset. After all that we were glad to head back to the RV to catch some much-needed ZZZzzzzz’s. All this traveling is exhausting. :)