Saturday, October 4, 2008

Elephant Butte - A New Favorite

Along the way in our rving life we've had quite a few stops that both of us would agree are among our favorites. We found another one. Elephant Butte Lake State Park is just north of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, along I25 at exit 83. The 40-mile long lake was created by a dam of the Rio Grande and is very popular with water sport lovers. But first, over 100 million years ago, this was a favorite stomping ground of tyrannosaurus rex. There have been discoveries of the humongous predator in rock formations of the area. Today we might here a coyote howling and prowling at night.

As far as our choice for parking, we have a nice view from our spot in the campground. But many brave souls drive their rvs down through the sand to get a spot right next to the water. Do you see those white objects on the edge of the shore in this photo? There they are. And these aren't just small pop-ups.
As many of you already know, the Hurleys aren't big on crowded camping locations. In fact, we usually prefer boondocking to regular campgrounds. But there are times when you can't beat having hookups, especially when good ole air conditioning is needed. And we are still in the 80s here in New Mexico.

Having said that, everybody has their own criteria for rating camping spots. Some of the features high on our list are general surroundings, privacy, cell and internet service and price. It turns out this park rates very well in all those categories. It's hard to beat $14.00 with these views. Then you add on that Nancy had a lady's day out in a few quaint shops in Truth or Consequences. Yes, we finished our exploring of the area, did grocery shopping and had enough of listening to the gloom and doom in the economy. So it was time for Jerry to tackle some of the "honey do list" and for me to nose around on my own. There are a few art galleries and small shops in T or C. It's not a Bisbee, AZ, by any stretch, but I found a couple of shops with interesting items. Second Hand Rose isn't just recycled. Stop in if you are ever passing through. The proprietor is friendly and it's a fun place.
Our visit here is just about over. Next stop is the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge up the road 50 miles or so. We'll check in with you then.

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