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.
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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

Just to Let You Know

I did not get several posts scheduled like I had planned before we left the Deming area.

The generator finally arrived on June 28th, but by that time I had a touch of heat exhaustion, and it was all I could do to get packed up, get the genny and get to Las Cruces to get another sim card for my Mobely.

While waiting in traffic in Las Cruces I witnessed the take down of two gals, ordered out of their big SUV and ordered onto the ground—-oh that hot pavement!—-while several more unmarked vehicles pulled up, officers jumping out with guns drawn. Good thing I was going to ATT and not Verizon (this all went down in Verizon’s parking lot) or I would have been right in the thick of things. Too close as it was!!

Anywho, once I left ATT with Mobely again ready to provide internet service Two Dogs and I headed north to Leasburg Dam State Park. No ATT cell tower there. Okay, next morning we move north to Percha Dam State Park. Same thing here.

So this leaves us with fingers crossed that the next big town, Truth or Consequences, will have a tower, or a library with shady parking. We still have ice so we are staying put until we have to go get some. The humidity is lessening and we have some nice shade to recover in. We need this respite.

We leave you with these photos, taken with my phone. Fries in a hole at the dog park in Deming. He had got bitten by a bug or bee or stepped on something and came limping over to where I was seated. He would not allow me to even touch his paw, but he found this hole behind the bench, made it his own and stayed in it until he felt better.

When we got back to the van Charlie, worn completely out, took a nap and commenting on the weather!

Thank you for your understanding in our current situation. We’ll be caught up soon. And I’ll just warn you, we revisited two of the parks and drove to a new one before we got the call that the generator had arrived, but they are great parks and there is new stuff to see!

Hugs, Shawna and The Chiweenie Brothers

City of Rocks II

Just on the other side of these rocks we discover not one, but two Arizona white oak trees that offer some wonderful shade. We do get late afternoon sun, but it is not nearly as bad as yesterday’s camp.

It’s several degrees cooler here at City of Rocks than it is at Rock Hound. Between the lower temps, some shade, keeping the windshield covered, and side and back doors open we get the benefit of every little breeze. If the breeze dies down—and that’s not often—there is more than enough sunshine to keep the solar panel working at storing energy in the house battery to keep electronics charged and our 12 volt fan running. It’s lovely!
The Chiweenie Brothers and I take a walk every morning before the sun comes up then it’s back to MissAdventure for breakfast and coffee taken in the open air of our beautiful camp.

We will be staying her for two weeks or until the generator is fixed, whichever comes first. In any case there’s a lot of exploring to do here.

Thanks for stopping by 2DogsTravel! Hugs, Shawna

What’s in the night sky? June’s planets: JUPITER—at opposition—will be bright in the sky from dusk to dawn. SATURN can be seen from mid-evening until dawn, and VENUS appears for a bit in the dawn. Around mid-month MERCURY and MARS will give us the closest conjunction of two planets during the year.

 

City of Rocks State Park

Saturday, June 1, 2019 The Chiweenie Brothers and I leave Rock Hound State Park for City of Rocks State Park about 30 miles north near Faywood, New Mexico. It’s a strangely beautiful park sitting out in the middle of the desert, huge rocks two plus stories high looking like they were just deposited there by some giant playing some form of stack-the-rocks game. As the brochure says, it’s a geological wonder! And because it is far from any town or village, the night sky is spectacular.

DSC_0006 The view from the highway coming into the park.  It’s a b bit deceiving.
The visitor center offers this beautiful vista, beautiful cactus with a far-reaching vista behind. DSC_0008This geological wonder was born from a volcanic eruption that was 1000 times stronger than the eruption at Mt. St. Helens. Wind, rain, and probably dust storms has formed these rocks into the shapes we see today

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Our first night is spent in front of these monsters, and on more than one occasion my mind wanders to what if … what if there’s an earthquake? What if there’s a lightning strike? Does lightning strike rock? On and on.

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Come morning we were still around, but decided to search for shade. This is a beautiful spot until early afternoon, then the sun shines down unmercifully.

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Our view to the south of camp #1 DSC_0012

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs

Breaking Camp

On Monday, Memorial Day, May 27th, I secure camp chairs and remove the windshield cover that stayed on the windshield all night. That’s a win! I gather water jugs and shower items and we motor down to the center of the park where I fill our containers with potable water and then leave the boys in the van while I shower. The shower rooms are immaculate in this park. Immaculate.

We get in our walk and then back in camp I putter around, do some cleaning, and check maps for our next destination.

The sun begins her afternoon warmup, and The Chiweenie Brothers wait patiently

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as I begin breaking camp in anticipation of heading north tomorrow morning: Solar panel unplugged and put in its spot in the back between the bed and the back doors. Chairs stored in its spot between the boys’ front platform and the passenger door, table cloth (a twin fitted sheet) pulled off and put away, and lastly dog stakes and tie outs brought inside along with two little dogs getting excited. They know what this means; new places to explore!!

The windshield cover stays on until morning, but for all intents and purposes we will be ready to head into town at first light. Itinerary: Walmart, Dog Park, Library, then stop by and hopefully pick up a now-running generator, and then we’re off to our next park.

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs from the 2Dogs Crew and me.

CURRENT READ: True Places by Sonja Yoerg. The basis for this book, a girl who has been living in the woods alone is rescued by a woman from the city just seems pretty implausible, but this author is a good writer. It might surprise me as I get farther into it.