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Doublegranch
08-24-2015, 02:17 PM
New Mexico Chat Room....
I am starting this chat room thread in an effort to get some response among the NM Chapter Members towards Chapter Rally's and other events. This thread is a great way for the NM Chapter members to get involved and express what you would like in future events.

Since New Mexico does not currently have a Chapter Leader, I am planning a NM Rally for May 5-8 2016 & 15 sites.
Initially considering Elephant Butte, however one of the chapter members suggested America RV Resort in Albuquerque.
I have contacted both resorts and will stop at each on my way to the Colo Rally next month.
Elephant Butte is a very nice park and we would be able to hold activities within their events room. However all sites will not be next to each other as they are mostly sold out. Surrounding activities are limited.
America RV appears to be a very nice park as well. They have not opened the calendar for 2016 so space is in question. The negative as I can see is the location adjacent to I40 and not sure how the traffic noise will be in the evenings.

Let me know you thoughts....this Rally will be open to all HOC Members....come out and support us getting the NM Chapter off the ground. If you have other suggestions for a location, let me know as this is just the planning stage.

Rockin_Dollar_B
08-24-2015, 11:54 PM
Thanks Double G Ranch! We would prefer the America RV in Albuquerque due to the remoteness of Elephant Butte. We are still employed and can't get away for the time it would take us to go to Elephant Butte. We hope to someday as we are told it is beautiful.

TravelTiger
08-25-2015, 08:41 AM
Not In New Mexico, but could be close enough to visit a NM event when we can. May is not likely for us, though. Gary, you might get some West Texas members to attend, if you can contact them.

We liked the Santa Fe KOA, but not sure what kind of meeting space they have. Angel Fire has a brand new upscale RV resort, I'm not sure it's even fully open yet, but might be worth looking into.


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Doublegranch
08-25-2015, 08:57 AM
Erika:

Thanks for the info.. One of the NM Members did mention Angel Fire & yes Santa Fe is always a great place to visit....NM Chapter has a lot of super areas within the State.

danemayer
08-25-2015, 09:10 AM
Hi Garry,

Being in southern Colorado, we might be able to join a New Mexico rally. Shorter drives work better for us though. I doubt we'd make it to Elephant Butte.

Mrsfish
08-25-2015, 09:11 AM
And I've been meaning to look at west New Mexico in the mountains to see if there is anything there.

TravelTiger
08-25-2015, 09:17 AM
Ruidoso is a great place to visit... We've stayed at Circle B RV park in Ruidoso Downs. They are large enough for a rally and have a meeting room. There are other parks, but not as big-rig friendly. I think there was a HL rally a few years ago at another park in Ruidoso, can't recall the name now.

Lots to do and see in Ruidoso as well. Shopping, museums, plus a casino and 2 golf courses.

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Doublegranch
08-25-2015, 09:22 AM
Erika:

Yes and the horse Racing as well. That is a wonderful place to visit. Lots to check out...

TravelTiger
08-25-2015, 09:27 AM
Erika:

Yes and the horse Racing as well. That is a wonderful place to visit. Lots to check out...

Yes! We've not been when horse racing was going on, but definitely a possibility. The Museum of the Horse is quite interesting.


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Doublegranch
08-26-2015, 12:54 PM
New Mexico Chapter Rally Planning:
May 5-8 2016.....15 sites (initially)

We have had a lot of PM's and emails on site suggestions for this Rally. I have found only one venue that has fully opened their arms for the dates we are looking at.
The three site considered are:
1. Elephant Butte RV Resort......Can't block space together, but they will allow us to use the Rec hall....
2. America RV Resort in ABQ......unable to obtain space as their 2016 calendar is not available....heavy traffic just off I-40, possible noise problem late in the evenings
3. Rose Valley RV Park Silver City.....Will block space, allow full use of the "Barn" rec room, with full kitchen facilities for our pot luck...will block 11 pull thru and 4 back in sites. Lots of surrounding area activities and hiking. One mile trail from the park for walking dogs. Discounts for our group as follows: 5-10 rigs = 15%, 11-20 =20%, 21 & above = 25%. Current rates are: $38 pull thru $34 back in. full hook ups.

I have not contacted the RV Resort in Angel Fire yet. Their prices will be substantially higher if that makes any difference to attendees.

Okay....it's back to you, let me know what you think so far for the Site selection for the next NM Rally.

Larry&LyndaSmith
08-26-2015, 01:30 PM
Garry:

At one time Rose Valley RV Park was the number one RV park in Silver City. In the last few years the facility has deteriorated tremendously which is typical of absentee ownership. Camped on top of a butte in Southern NM during the windy season is challenging at best. I'm sure American RV will work with you regarding the schedule. We have camped there on numerous occasions and highway noise was not an issue. You really should make a site inspection of all candidates prior finalizing any arrangements. When you have the location selected my wife and I will help you local activities, restaurants, etc.

Doublegranch
08-26-2015, 05:32 PM
Larry:

Thanks and yes I intend to make a site inspection on all. I have not selected any site as I am waiting for everyone's input...Where do You as NM Members want to go, I will just help facilitate it for you. I did call the Silver city site and they have recently remodeled the resort according to the gal. Their new web site will be up in a few weeks as well.
I am totally flexible as to what you all want to do....Thanks for the great comments.

JohnD
08-26-2015, 05:41 PM
Can't promise anything yet . . . but we will try to make this one, wherever it might be!

Doublegranch
08-26-2015, 05:45 PM
John:

Thanks, I appreciate your Regional support for the New Mexico Chapter.

Doublegranch
08-26-2015, 11:26 PM
In searching for "special " activities going on in conjunction with the New Mexico Rally, I have found this so far. It just so happens to be on the second day for the tentative scheduled Rally dates:



Bluegrass & BBQ Festival At Silver Dollar City




Friday, May 6, 2016 - Tuesday, May 24, 2016




Silver Dollar City presents the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival! Hear the upbeat sounds of American bluegrass music, and experience the aromas and flavors of a huge all-American barbecue cook out including Kansas City-style BBQ, Memphis BBQ favorites and traditional Texas barbecue! This new Branson spring festival at Silver Dollar City features more than 432 Bluegrass Performances during the 19 Days of Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. Come on out and see some of the best Bluegrass musicians and singers from across the country.
From the original American Bluegrass beats to the all-American BBQ eats, this is the biggest music event Silver Dollar City has ever seen! You can taste over 300 of the best BBQ sauces from all over the country ath the House of BBQ in the Frisco Barn. You can choose from Memphis-style dry rub ribs, Texas-style beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork, Kansas City smoked chicken plus many more mouth watering BBQ creations. Don’t miss America's Backyard demonstrations on Cannery Row behind the Frisco Barn. America’s best grill companies are going to be there presenting an awesome live display of fire power as they show off the backyard cooking equipment. Nationally known BBQ experts will also be teaching their award-winning BBQ styles and giving tips to make your backyard BBQ a great success. You be the judge at the People's Choice BBQ Sauce Contest by Taste-testing hundreds of flavors in the Bottleneck Brothers Sauce Shack, sponsored by Ott's on the Silver Dollar City Square!

TravelTiger
08-27-2015, 07:08 AM
In searching for "special " activities going on in conjunction with the New Mexico Rally, I have found this so far. It just so happens to be on the second day for the tentative scheduled Rally dates:



Bluegrass & BBQ Festival At Silver Dollar City




Friday, May 6, 2016 - Tuesday, May 24, 2016




Silver Dollar City presents the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival! Hear the upbeat sounds of American bluegrass music, and experience the aromas and flavors of a huge all-American barbecue cook out including Kansas City-style BBQ, Memphis BBQ favorites and traditional Texas barbecue! This new Branson spring festival at Silver Dollar City features more than 432 Bluegrass Performances during the 19 Days of Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. Come on out and see some of the best Bluegrass musicians and singers from across the country.
From the original American Bluegrass beats to the all-American BBQ eats, this is the biggest music event Silver Dollar City has ever seen! You can taste over 300 of the best BBQ sauces from all over the country ath the House of BBQ in the Frisco Barn. You can choose from Memphis-style dry rub ribs, Texas-style beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork, Kansas City smoked chicken plus many more mouth watering BBQ creations. Don’t miss America's Backyard demonstrations on Cannery Row behind the Frisco Barn. America’s best grill companies are going to be there presenting an awesome live display of fire power as they show off the backyard cooking equipment. Nationally known BBQ experts will also be teaching their award-winning BBQ styles and giving tips to make your backyard BBQ a great success. You be the judge at the People's Choice BBQ Sauce Contest by Taste-testing hundreds of flavors in the Bottleneck Brothers Sauce Shack, sponsored by Ott's on the Silver Dollar City Square!





Is this possibly Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO?


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fredwrichardson
08-27-2015, 07:35 AM
In searching for "special " activities going on in conjunction with the New Mexico Rally, I have found this so far. It just so happens to be on the second day for the tentative scheduled Rally dates:



Bluegrass & BBQ Festival At Silver Dollar City




Friday, May 6, 2016 - Tuesday, May 24, 2016




Silver Dollar City presents the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival! Hear the upbeat sounds of American bluegrass music, and experience the aromas and flavors of a huge all-American barbecue cook out including Kansas City-style BBQ, Memphis BBQ favorites and traditional Texas barbecue! This new Branson spring festival at Silver Dollar City features more than 432 Bluegrass Performances during the 19 Days of Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. Come on out and see some of the best Bluegrass musicians and singers from across the country.
From the original American Bluegrass beats to the all-American BBQ eats, this is the biggest music event Silver Dollar City has ever seen! You can taste over 300 of the best BBQ sauces from all over the country ath the House of BBQ in the Frisco Barn. You can choose from Memphis-style dry rub ribs, Texas-style beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork, Kansas City smoked chicken plus many more mouth watering BBQ creations. Don’t miss America's Backyard demonstrations on Cannery Row behind the Frisco Barn. America’s best grill companies are going to be there presenting an awesome live display of fire power as they show off the backyard cooking equipment. Nationally known BBQ experts will also be teaching their award-winning BBQ styles and giving tips to make your backyard BBQ a great success. You be the judge at the People's Choice BBQ Sauce Contest by Taste-testing hundreds of flavors in the Bottleneck Brothers Sauce Shack, sponsored by Ott's on the Silver Dollar City Square!






This event is not in New Mexico. There is Silver City and they have a great blues festival that is around Memorial day each year. Highly recommend it.

Doublegranch
08-27-2015, 09:28 AM
Wow...guess I need to double check, I was checking links from the RV Resort when I found it.....Not that familiar with NM! Guess I got excited thinking Silver Dollar was a nickname for Silver City....MY Bag!

d_fergie
08-28-2015, 09:25 PM
I'd be in for Ruidoso as it's fairly close ... Silver is on the other side of state so probably not going to happen, I work so would also have to check on days off etc...

Doublegranch
08-28-2015, 10:34 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, I will browse that area on the internet.
By the way, I sent you a PM regarding HOC Membership.

d_fergie
08-28-2015, 10:49 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, I will browse that area on the internet.
By the way, I sent you a PM regarding HOC Membership.
Thanks! the Ruidoso area is nice and White Sands is not far off along with Cloudcroft...

Doublegranch
08-28-2015, 10:54 PM
I have a nephew at White Sands and been there many times, but always on base, so not aware of the RV Resorts in that area.
I do like the Ruidoso area but again, not familiar with RV Resorts there. The big problem is just finding a venue that everyone will like and want to attend.

d_fergie
08-28-2015, 11:10 PM
Very true, I have stayed in Alamogordo while hunting Oryx but the mountain areas might be better for a rally, even though it might be a little windy.

TravelTiger
08-28-2015, 11:30 PM
A neat trip we did one spring was to Ruidoso. One day we did the Museum of the Horse. Another, we drove to White Sands. another we drove to Valley of Fires (ancient lava field). We missed seeing the petroglyphs in the area. We also went out to Ft. Davis. One day to Cloudcroft. Not to mention lots of good food, Indian culture, golf, shopping, casinos, and entertainment. (Spencer Theater)


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Doublegranch
08-28-2015, 11:33 PM
Erika:

You are a wealth of information! Thanks for your comments.
Since you are now retired from the newsletter, perhaps you can write a travel book!

TravelTiger
08-28-2015, 11:35 PM
Lol, not sure about that. I just know I'm "supposed" to be living in the mountains, but we are stuck in hot flat Texas until Tony can retire. So we visit when we can, summer or winter. ;)


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d_fergie
08-28-2015, 11:57 PM
Bonita Lake if it ever comes back from the devastating fire of a few years back is another nice place near Ruidoso ...

Doublegranch
09-22-2015, 09:09 PM
Hey everyone, I have confirmed the New Mexico Rally for May 2016 with American RV Resort in Albuquerque.
I will be posting the Rally on the Rally list within a couple of days. I am still on the road site inspecting for our Regional Rally and then up to the Colo Rally. I was very impressed with the RV Resort and their staff. I was able to get us a really great deal and details will be explained on the Rally posting.

TravelTiger
09-22-2015, 09:57 PM
Hey everyone, I have confirmed the New Mexico Rally for May 2016 with American RV Resort in Albuquerque.
I will be posting the Rally on the Rally list within a couple of days. I am still on the road site inspecting for our Regional Rally and then up to the Colo Rally. I was very impressed with the RV Resort and their staff. I was able to get us a really great deal and details will be explained on the Rally posting.

Gary, I just saw it, it says October 2016?

TandT
09-22-2015, 09:59 PM
Garry, Sent you a PM. Trace

Doublegranch
09-22-2015, 10:02 PM
TYPO.....the NM Rally is May 5-8 2016....as shown in the body, but I had a typo in the title showing Oct....I am getting this CORRECTED>>>>sorry for the TYPO....

Garry

Ron-Cookie
09-22-2015, 10:44 PM
Hey Garry... We just jumped in and signed up for the New Mexico Rally.... If this rally is anything like our Arizona Rallies it will be a HOOT!..

Doublegranch
09-22-2015, 10:47 PM
Wow....you guys are fast to pick up my ERROR....Thank you "All".....My mind is working on several events and while I was posting one, you will see in a later posting that I was thinking about that event while working on the NM Rally.......Have some VERY EXCITING NEWS COMING....MAYBE TOMORROW......You will then understand why my pea brain made the error!!!!
Grandpa always said I might not have been the brightest bulb in the box! Wonder what he meant by that?

fredwrichardson
09-23-2015, 12:53 AM
So how do we sign up for the rally? Still need to make sure that the dates do not conflict with our boys spring break.

JohnD
09-23-2015, 01:14 AM
We'll let you know at the Colorado Rally in a couple of dayzzzzzzzzzzz . . .

One more day of work . . .

Doublegranch
09-23-2015, 08:15 AM
Fred:

When you are ready, just make a posting on the Rally thread you will be joining the Rally.....Hope to see you there.

Suekeetch
09-24-2015, 08:41 PM
Hope you all can make the May rally. We will be there.