Hi! I’m Amber, Char’s daughter, and it’s time you get to know a little bit about me. I started working full time at Smile4u in June of 2013 and took over keeping the office in line while my mom explores. I’ve taken a few short trips to Elko, Nevada including the Elko County tax sale and I stopped by the Las Animas Ranches in Southern Colorado in August 2015 on my way to a family reunion in Kansas. Recently, my mom has decided to let me take over creating the listings so she can focus on her other goals for Smile4u, so I guess it’s my time to shine! This is my trip to Otero County in July 2016.
We arrived in Alamogordo in the evening and the next morning was the Otero County Tax Sale. My mom bid on the properties while I watched (little did I know she would force me to do it all by myself 10 days later at the Lincoln County tax sale).
One of our biggest competitors was also at the sale and we had lunch with after him at the Jam-ing Hotdogs & More shack in Alamogordo (5/5 Stars for a greasy hot dog!). After lunch we traveled to Timberon together to start our first combined land expedition!
My mom hadn’t been to Timberon since 2006, and by the looks of what I saw as we entered the subdivision I can’t imagine why she never went back after. It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Being a Washington native, now in the Arizona desert, the heavily treed scenery of Timberon was a nice change and made me slightly home sick.
We entered the subdivision on Sacramento Dr., a nice paved/graveled road. Mom was pointing out all the new businesses that had popped up since she was last there. The Timberon New Village Hardware and General Store had just opened up. Nonnie’s Restaurant also looked new to her, located in the Timberon Lodge near the swimming pool.
We worked our way through Units 10, 8, 3 and 6. We spent some extra time in Unit 8 and I quickly fell in love with the tall Ponderosa Pines and grassy ground. I imagined myself sitting outside on a hammock strung up between the trees, reading a good book in the sun for a few hours.
All the birds were chirping their hellos to us and we even got to see a few of the local wild turkeys and mule deer.
Even though it was the end of July, I felt the temperature was fairly mild. Having acclimated to Arizona already, I found the temperature in Timberon to be slightly chilly when the breeze picked up.
We drove around Timberon until the last of the sun’s light ran out on us. On the way back we debated driving back to Alamogordo, but soon into our drive one of the largest lightning storms I have ever witnessed hit us, so we decided to stay in Cloudcroft about 45 minutes away, which is modeled after a pioneer village. The rooms were cozy with a rustic feel – my mom mentioned how she hadn’t had a shower in a claw foot tub since her grandmother’s house!
A popular getaway in the Sacramento Mountains, Cloudcroft sits at an elevation of 9,000 feet, making it perfect for a summer getaway in the high mountains as well as a desired skiing destination. In the morning we ate breakfast at Big Daddy’s Diner. I just HAD to try their fried PB&J sandwich, which I would order again in a heartbeat.
Day Two of my journey into Timberon focused on Units 14 and 13. Unit 14 was very quiet but still had some development in it. This would be my personal 2nd favorite Unit in Timberon that we explored. Power at most of the properties and one even adjoined the National Forest!
The second part of the day was spent navigating Unit 13. There aren’t a lot of roads in this unit, however we were able to see a few of the properties. These are great properties for someone who doesn’t want to be found. One of the last properties we stopped at sat atop a hill with a view of the rest of the Subdivision to the West and a great view of the beautiful ridges of the Sacramento Mountains to the East.
What a perfect area for someone to go to get away from it all!