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R. Walter

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  1. lakewood, new mexico

    I've passed this Escapees park headed SE out of NM many times, but have never stopped. It's right in my backyard.
  2. CLASS OF 2016

    Just wondering... is that Topsail in NC, FL or somewhere else?
  3. The Ranch

    I drove right by it on December 12, but didn't take the turn-off into the park. Should have checked it out, but was headed for Ft Stockton.
  4. CLASS OF 2016

    Right now we are in Blue Angel RV Park (USN) until early January when we head over to the east coast of Florida near Cape Canaveral.
  5. CLASS OF 2016

    My wife and I left northern NM a week ago and are currently staying at Betty's RV Park in Abbeville, LA. Nice place and fun people here! Heading for Florida in a few days.
  6. Interested to hear if any of you have ever volunteered in the Alaska State Parks system. I would like to know of your experiences and any comments you might have to offer. Thanks.
  7. Volunteering in Alaska

    I just retired and next summer I plan to do the drive to/from Alaska from my home base in New Mexico. My wife and I volunteered this past summer for 3+ months with the Army COE in New England and had a good time. So, I'm looking for something similar, but for a max of 8 weeks or so. [Apparently, if you reside in Alaska for 8 weeks or more, you're supposed to get an Alaska D.L. and so on.] I've been to Alaska on a number of prior occasions, but have always flown up for a week or two. These have been mostly vacations, so I've managed to see a bit of Alaska, anyway. I'd like to spend about 90 days in Alaska next summer, so I'm okay with about 2 months volunteering. Thanks for your comments about time off. I'm okay with working about 24 - 28 hours a week. Seems that can be in the range of what's being asked for in terms of hours.
  8. CLASS OF 2016

    My wife and I left off our Hitchhiker in Chanute, KS for some maintenance and will pick it up in several weeks. Meantime we are at our homebase in northern NM about 100 miles north of Albuquerque. We go back and forth to Albuquerque or Farmington for groceries and supplies as necessary. My son visits me beginning Oct 8 and we both drew out for elk and will hunt that week in unit 5b. In December wife and I head for the Florida panhandle to visit our other son in Pensacola and will spend most of the winter in Florida. Between now and December we plan on several weeks in Arizona or southern NM. After Florida its up to New England for the spring and then... Alaska next summer. Anyone have Alaska on their itinerary next summer?
  9. Are You Still In?

    Fracking has been going on longer than 08/09.
  10. Annuity

    The principal amount ($140k) doesn't actually grow by the 5% guarantee. The principal grows based on how the underlying investments do in the market. However, the annuity will be based on the greater of market or the guarantee. The 22 years is the $140k divided by the estimated annual withdrawal (annuity amount). However, as someone pointed out. the OP is not taking into account the growth of the principal, which for most annuities may not be as great as the 'real' stock/bond markets.
  11. Colorado

    One of my favorite, little more remote of a place, is up above Crede near Stony Pass on the headwaters of the Rio Grande... the Rio Grande reservoir.
  12. CLASS OF 2016

    Still up here in Massachusetts volunteer working at a COE facility. Plan to head back to New Mexico on August 29 going through the UP of Michigan for a week or two. Weather in New England this summer has been unusually warm and dry. I thought I'd get some cool weather compared to central NM, but I guess not. Just thought I'd post this update.
  13. Pensacola, FL

    My wife and I spent time in early May with our Navy son stationed in Pensacola. Also agree, great place to visit. Check out the farmers market on Saturday mornings. As said, restaurants are very good and lots to do with the harbor, forts , old lighthouse, historic downtown, Naval Air museum and much more.
  14. What made you take the leap?

    Really neat story.
  15. CLASS OF 2016

  16. Best 5Ws for Boondocking

    To the OP: I'm curious where you've been boondocking in Florida for the last 20 months?
  17. NM excise tax on vehicles registered in the state of NM is 3%.
  18. The Class-less Class

    I'd like to add my best wishes to you, Lee, and a rapid recovery for you. I've been following this thread for over a year and have especially enjoyed your posts, Lee. In fact I even stopped by in Deming over Thanksgiving 2014 to say hello, but missed you. Today I retire or, rather, its my last day of regular work. In the next 2 days my wife and I hit the road headed east to Florida to visit our 2 sons and then we're volunteering in Massachusetts at a COE facility for the summer. And back to NM for the fall. Good Health to you , Lee!
  19. In 1 week I can say I'm retired.
  20. Does anyone live full time in an Airstream

    That surprises me greatly. Maybe its an Austin thing.
  21. CLASS OF 2016

    Would renting your house work out for you as far as making it easier to hit the road?
  22. CLASS OF 2016

    I grew up on a ranch about 85 miles SW of Magdalena. Many years ago...
  23. RV Roadside Assistance Service

    Does anyone ever sign up for AAA's RV Plus service? Any experience with it?
  24. CLASS OF 2016

    Two more weeks before wife and I hit the road headed east to Massachusetts for the summer. Wife retired 2 weeks ago and I retire Apr 29. We plan to leave from northern NM about May 2. We will be full-timing, but keeping our place as a home base. We have our rig all together which is a 2005 Hitchhiker 5th pulled by a 2016 Ram 3500 srw. Can't wait to get going. We're volunteers for the summer at a COE facility in MA. Hope the COE does not work us too hard. See you on the road!
  25. Where will you be working summer 2016

    What do you mean by bidding on it? We did not bid. We're hosts for the dam and lake area. There's no campground there as I understand it, but just camping space for 1 or 2 volunteers. By all means, do stop by to say hi if you're in the area.