Heading Back to Rock Hound

We have used up our allotted two weeks here in City of Rocks and must move. The logical place is back to Rock Hound while we wait for the new generator to arrive.


Laundry needs to be done and it has warmed up to mid-90s so we head out as soon as we’ve had our breakfast; me, oatmeal, The Chiweenie Brothers soaked kibble with about ¼ cup of raw hamburger each. I can get laundry done really early as most are open at least by 7:00.
While the laundry is dancing around in the washer I run over to Walmart, also open at the crack of dawn, (well, they are 24 hours so I guess they are always open! ) and grab supplies, stop by the ice palace (my name for it—a stand-alone, self-serve ice kiosk) and purchase a large bag, dump it in the ice chest then go get the-clean-by-now clothes. I’ll line dry them when we get to camp. Next it’s a quick stop at the library: A book, several movies downloaded, and a couple blog posts are scheduled.
The Chiweenie Brothers get their time at the dog park, a couple of hours’ worth. No hurry to leave here. Most campers don’t leave, if they are leaving, until noon, and it is easier to find a good spot if we wait until late morning, early afternoon to look for a camp. In this case it’s my favorite at the top of the parking chain—as opposed to the food chain, ha, ha—primitive site #3 overlooking the park and valley below. And it’s AVAILABLE!!!

DSC_0004Same Mtn, different view
Love This Mountain As You Drive Into Rock Hound

Still waiting for the generator to arrives. Thanks for stopping by 2DogsTravel.com. Hugs, Shawna

Our last night at Rock Hound and we get this gift

City of Rocks . . . Again

June 10th, 2019, a Monday. We have, finally, last Thursday heard from Westinghouse. They consider whatever is wrong with the generator (I haven’t talked to the mechanic yet) to be unrepairable and since it is still under warranty they are replacing it. That’s good news and progress, but it means at least another week waiting. I love this park, but I would like to move on; obviously it won’t be this week. Patience, Grasshopper.
I think I am supposed to be learning patience, no? It’s hard—Really, really hard, but one can’t complain about where we are staying while waiting. And learning. *smile*. I am doing my best not to think of a bowl of Mexican Baked Potato Soup or yummy refried beans made in the Instant Pot on this blustery day. Besides, there are still a lot of rocks you and I haven’t seen yet, so enjoy.


If you would like to read more about The City of Rocks, please go HERE

DSC_0050The Monster Above Camp
This guy watches over our camp

Thanks for coming along on our tour of New Mexico’s state parks. Hugs, Shawna

CURRENT READ: Minding Frankie, by Maeve Binchy. A novel set in Ireland about a baby girl born to a dying mother and raised by the man thought to be her father and lots of loving people who adore this little one. Loved how the author ends the book with a clear picture of how each of her characters end up.
City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM. With purchase of yearly camping pass ($225) primitive camping is free of additional charges for two week intervals. Without pass it is $10 a night for primitive sites (where we camp with pass). We have tables, a fire ring, and garbage can, water nearby, or you can stay at a site with electric for an additional $4 per night. For reserved sites with electric it is $14 per night. This state park has four vault toilets, two water spigots located near the windmills, regular flush toilets and showers at the visitor center complex, hiking/biking trails, and a botanical garden.

Off to Silver City NM

Late in the week we need to make a supply run so we break camp and head to Silver City, north of here. The Chiweenie Brothers are excited to be on the move; they always think we are headed to the dog park. In this case they are correct; Silver City has a dog park. WOOF, WOOF! DSC_0026

As is my usual M.O. I look up addresses for: Dog parks, Walmarts, libraries, places to buy block ice, laundry if needed, ect., and plug them into my GPS before we head out. It is important to arrange our errands according to how early we get moving and how hot the day will be, because the boys’ comfort and safety always come first.
Attractions and sightseeing are left to chance depending, again, on the boys; are they welcome? Is it too warm to leave them for an hour or so? Shade? Can I park somewhere that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic so they won’t be constantly barking and bothering people? Whether or not I go do something depends on the answers to those questions. I glance over at the two hooligans on the passenger side wiggling around and play fighting, bursting with excitement. Yeah, they’re worth it.
This morning I need to go to the library to schedule blog posts, download a couple of books from my library in South Dakota, and also download a few movies to my Kindle tablet.
I spot this as I circle the block to find appropriate parking. DSC_0001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The library is a nice one and has a beautiful entrance and an interesting sculpture.

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All our errands complete The Chiweenie Brothers get to spend time at the dog park and then we head “home” to City of Rocks, stopping to photograph the flowers that are blooming along highway 180.

 

 

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Heading up our driveway, we take the loop around the park.

DSC_0018I just love this place.

We can see far out into the valley or look up into the rocks with the summer blue sky and white drifting clouds above us. Or we can look at George Washington, The Egyptian, or The Lady. This rock profile seems to change depending on the time of day and the shadows that are cast. Which one do you see?

DSC_0018Profile Rock in City of Rocks SP

There are not a lot of people here and traffic is minimal so it’s nice and quiet. As with the two other parks we have been to here in New Mexico, Bottomless Lakes State Park two years ago, Rock Hound, and now City of Rocks, the park is clean and tidy.

Thanks for stopping by 2DogsTravel. The Chiweenie Brothers and I hope you will continue to tag along on our summer adventure. Hugs, Shawna