[From October 14 to October 28, 2015, Tequila Aficionado Media, accompanied by 33 expressions representing 19 brands, embarked on an epic RV road show christened, The Dia de los Muertos Tequila & Mezcal Tour. In these next passages, we recount the historic–and hysteric–highlights.
You can also view a complete video playlist of our adventures on our YouTube channel here…]
On A Dark Desert Highway
Somewhere outside Carlsbad, New Mexico
On a dark stretch of highway in southeastern New Mexico, a road weary Lisa Pietsch guided the Cruise America RV that Tequila Aficionado Media had rented for the historic Dia de los Muertos Tequila & Mezcal Tour.
Avoiding oncoming eighteen wheelers hauling oil and speeding two-ton diesel trucks, she counted the minutes until she reached her destination for the night, the Carlsbad KOA campground.
Suddenly, she gasped as a huge piece of truck tire appeared in the high beam headlights ahead of her.
With no way to avoid the giant twisted remnant on the two lane highway without swerving and fishtailing the thirty foot RV, she gritted her teeth, straddled the rubber and hoped for the best.
A resounding ka-thunk ka-thunk let her know that she had successfully survived what could have been a perilous situation. It wasn’t until the next morning that Lisa discovered what had actually happened.
Feeling like the castaways from Gilligan’s Island, what was supposed to have been a leisurely six hour drive from San Antonio, Texas to Carlsbad, New Mexico turned into a 9 hour ordeal that began with early morning packing and stocking the RV.
Once we parked and hooked up the water and electricity at the campground for the night, Lisa announced that all she wanted was something uncomplicated to sip on for a late evening nightcap.
Malinalli blanco fit the bill perfectly.
After a sluggish morning, we decided to drive for Carlsbad Caverns in the early afternoon.
Unhooking the RV, Lisa noticed the damage to the black water tank. The coiled tire we had straddled the night before had poked a sizeable hole. If any of us needed to use the bathroom while we were on the road, it would spell disaster, especially for those following behind us.
With fingers crossed, we headed to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
To The Bat Cave!
After struggling with our selfie stick trying to capture a family photo outside the park sign, we hustled into the visitor’s area for a mid-afternoon tour of the caverns.
Once inside, we were met with this alarming notice–
While we weren’t able to manage a tour of the Caverns’ famed bat exhibit that featured the Mexican free tail bats, there was enough important information to post in the above article.
Attack of The 10 Foot Martians
On our way back from Carlsbad Caverns just before nightfall, we were able to do a bit of souvenir shopping and picture taking with carved bears and aliens.
We had no idea that the alien culture was so prominent in Carlsbad, but we were sure that Roswell, our next day’s whistle stop, would have more than enough little green men to spare.
In the meantime, we appropriately eased into the gray, stormy evening with Tromba tequila.
The Truth Is Out There
From the moment that Alien Tequila hopped aboard our Tequila & Mezcal Tour, I knew that a stop in Roswell, NM at the UFO Museum was a must.
Walking through this charmingly quirky city with a bottle of Alien Tequila hidden in a bag made these photos even more delightful.
After more souvenir shopping, it was off to our stop for the next two nights at my old stomping grounds in Albuquerque.
R & R
Having stayed at this particular KOA campground during our first family RV outing earlier in the Spring of 2015, we were familiar with the amenities and felt comfortable enough to enjoy some down time. The driving had taken its toll on Lisa, so a two-day respite was just what she needed.
JLP Margaritas were the order of the evening. After catching up on emails and drafting blogs, Senda Real made an appearance, as well.
Finding Photo Ops
When you’re stuck behind a computer from 5 to 8 hours a day like Lisa and I usually are working to make Tequila Aficionado Media even more interesting, compelling and educational for you, finding ways to create more inspirational photo and video opportunities is challenging.
Stepping away from the home office and being on the road really lends itself to “outside-the-box” creativity. If you remain open to possibilities, even the simplest things can serve to generate epic social media content and articles.
Which is exactly what we needed since we were still faced with the dilemma of the damaged black water tank.