Vacation Pictures

Organ Mountains


It has taken me hours to apply exif tags to 700+ photos taken on our New Mexico and Arizona vacation.  Many of them are not very good quality or have any meaning to anyone but us so be patient with them.  I am currently uploading the first group to Windows Live.  Just click on this link to see them.  Since there are so many it will take a while for all of them to show up.  Later I will upload the high resolution photos to Flickr as well.  I must say that I am falling in love with Windows Live with all the tools they have.  I think many people have not given Microsoft their due on the ‘coolness’ of Windows Live and all they have.  I can say this as a Facebook, Myspace, Flickr, and virtually every other social networking site.  I have begun posting my blog posts at both my domain and on my Windows Live page at  With this Windows Live Writer that I am using, it makes it real easy to post to more than one blog and I love it.

This morning I went to the doctor again about my second poison ivy outbreak.  This time we changed doctors.  This doctor is the son of a coworker and seems pretty nice.  I guess I will try to go back to work tomorrow for the first time since May 21st.  I sure wish this poison ivy would go away before I go back.  I know it was from my bed sheets because I slept with a T-shirt on every night for four weeks and the day I came home from vacation I did not and got poison ivy all over my chest.  We through the blankets and sheets in the garbage and bought new ones.  Sure, washing them MAY have worked but I have had this rash for four weeks and I m TIRED of it.

It sure seems strange now that we are back.  After spending a week in the desert, we come home and it just looks different.  Everything is so much greener here.  That is not to say the desert is not very pretty.  If you have never been to the desert Southwest then you need to go because it is so unique.  We love it very much and even lived in Tucson and Phoenix both for two years respectively.  My mom was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico and that has to be one of the prettiest places you will ever see.  I am in awe every time I go there.  We spent most of the time in Deming, about 60 miles West of Las Cruces.  We had a great time there visiting with family that I have not seen in 21 years.  What a great time we had even with the worst case of poison ivy man has ever known.  I may upload a couple photos of how bad it really was.  As bad as the pictures look, that was not as bad as it got.  You know it is bad if I went to the emergency room 60 miles away.

I hope you enjoy the photos.  They are not my best work by any means.  Like I said, many will mean nothing to anyone but us so you can ignore those. If you have trouble viewing them, the please let me know.

Vacationing in New Mexico

Hello everyone,

My family and I are vacationing in New Mexico for the last week.  After my graduation last Saturday we decided to go see some family in New Mexico this week.  I am currently in Deming, about 82 miles from the Arizona border on I-10 and about 60 miles West of Las Cruces.  We are going to go to Las Cruces tomorrow morning and possibly to see my brother in-law in El Paso if we get time.


He is in training at Fort Bliss and that would be an extra treat though it is an hour drive farther.  We went to Tucson, Arizona yesterday and took some photos and went sight seeing.  When I first joined the Air Force it was Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson that was my first and favorite base.  In the above photo we were on the descent from the Organ Mountains in our approach to the great city of Las Cruces.  This was a very nice visit.

We really loved living there for two years until being moved to RAF Bentwaters in 1991 and then to Saudi Arabia.  We have been having a good time here and hope to have a safe trip home on Friday.  My oldest son is still at home watching the house while we are gone.

Arizona State Line

Below is a photo of the Texas Canyon in Wilcox, Arizona.  The very rocky surface of this mountain makes this a tourist spot along the Interstate 10 freeway on the road to Tucson.  I have been there many times with my parents and this time it was with my own family.  There are boulders here that are larger than houses but it is so amazing that they found themselves in this condition.

Texas Canyon in Wilcox, Arizona

I hope you enjoy my photos the way I enjoyed taking them.  I have taken 600 pictures though I have only uploaded a few.  As I get more time, I will upload more photos when I get back to Oklahoma City.  Thanks for stopping by.