On the Road in Ruidoso

Well, we did it! We traded our 2500 sq ft house for a 130 sq ft trailer for a month. The days leading up to the trip, I started to get a little hesitant about the idea. Not surprising though, I am a spaz on occasion.

We took two days to drive out. It is about 9 hours, and we were taking two cars (so I was going to be driving on a 9 hour trip for the first time in my entire life… I think.) Clint went ahead with the RV and stopped off in Brownfield for the night. They have a little RV park there in the city park. Electric and water hookups and a dump station. Nothing fancy, but it is free and I like the sound of that. He and our oldest son stopped off there with the dog for the night and hit up the city pool. By their accounts it was “AWESOME!” and a short walk from the RV park. I should note, that the walk probably doesn’t seem short when the temperature is 105 degrees. I should also note that they only take cash or check, lest you find yourself making that walk twice. That night, they got hit with a severe storm out of nowhere. It was pretty terrifying. 80 MPH winds and large hail are not the forecast you want when spending the night in an RV with nowhere to go. But, they made it out, and luckily the bulk of the storm missed them.

The little kids and I stopped off at the Comfort Suites in the luxurious town of Snyder, Texas. When I say luxurious, I am for sure joking. The hotel was brand new and the price was right. The people there were super friendly. The town, it just isn’t much to write home about guys. To be fair, I do NOT like west Texas and have yet to find a town there, expect maybe Lubbock, that I don’t absolutely abhor. The Domino’s said they would deliver, but it would take two hours, so that instantly knocks it down a notch. It is flat, it was hot, and the wind was swift and so hot, it stung our skin.

But, now we are here, in mountainous paradise. We just love Ruidoso. The RV park we are at is nice. Great Wi-Fi, free cable, and a dog park. We got all set up and are settling in. Our neighbors are staying for a month as well, and luckily they are very nice people. They don’t even mind my kids constantly asking “Are you old???” or just standing at the fence and staring at them while they play farkle.

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Yesterday we went to the Rio Ruidoso and played on the playground and in the stream nearby. We had ice cream and it was all very picturesque until my five year old announced he needed to poop. We ran to the bathroom (which was closed). We ran to the porta john. (which was nearly full to the top and sans a shred of toilet paper). We ran to the ice cream vendor whom we had just paid $20 for $5 worth of Blue Bell (most of which we threw away) and begged potty asylum. They were not nice, and that’s all I have to say about that…

Then I spotted it. A shining beacon on a hill… Pizza Hut. So, the five year old and I darted across 5 lanes of traffic, acted very casual as we marched straight to the bathroom, and then retreated just as casually after the deed was done. When we walked in the bathroom, my son announced that the floor was wet. I was just absolutely not impressed with this comment.

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Today we have spent most of the day lying around, save a few dog walks, and a trip to the Wal-Mart for supplies. Everyone is a bit worn out from traveling I guess. For dinner I made pasta carbonara in my Instant Pot. I’ll put the recipe below.

We got Denton signed up for a wilderness camp. I think we are more excited for him than he is for himself. For 5 days he will be swimming in the lake, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, horse back riding, rock climbing, and the list goes on and on. I can’t wait to hear his stories!

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Here is the recipe for the Pasta Carbonara if anyone is interested. It was adapted from Cook Smarts (the best menu planning service eva!!!! I’ll talk more about that another day)

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Gluten Free Pasta Carbonara in the Instant Pot

1/2 a box of gluten free rotini

7 pieces of bacon

1 lb of asparagus

1 shallot

1 tsp minced garlic

2 eggs

3 oz Parmesan cheese

lemon pepper, salt, pepper to taste

  1. In a small bowl, mix the eggs and cheese well and set aside.
  2. Chop the bacon and fry in on saute in the instant pot until crisp. Set aside to drain, remove the grease, leaving about a tsp, and toss in the asparagus. Lightly cook until bright green and set aside with the bacon.
  3. Add the shallots and onions to the hot grease and saute until softened. Add the pasta and cover with water. Give this a quick stir, and put the lid on. Close the vent and set the IP to HP. Cook half the time stated on the box.
  4. QR and drain any residual water, reserving about 1/4 a cup. Put the water back in with the pasta and turn the IP off. Mix the egg mixture in slowly, stirring rapidly the whole time (That sounds a little confusing). This should make a thick, creamy sauce. Make sure the pot is off so the eggs don’t scramble.
  5. Add the asparagus and bacon back in and mix together. Add seasonings to taste and serve with more Parmesan on top.

We all really loved this and it was simple, yet tasty and a little fancy for camping!