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!!!

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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

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.

Dust Storm!

As ol’ Murphy can’t help himself and must pay a visit, I find my generator will not start after it runs out of gas while cooking my dinner on Thursday night. I filled it with fuel and pulled the cord to get it started, but it wouldn’t budge, not even a bit. Frustrated, I take the side cover off. Peering into the inside of the machine it is apparent this is something I won’t be able to handle.
Off we go early Friday to find a mechanic, and Deming being the friendly, helpful town that it is we are soon given the address of a local moto cross fella that works on small engines. He pokes around and satisfies himself that it isn’t the sparkplug or something else easily replaced and tells me he will give me a call Tuesday morning. Oh yeah, of course this is a holiday weekend, and I can see Murphy smirking.

The Chiweenie Brothers and I take lots of walks, Charlie looking for lizards, me looking for rattlers, Fries just happy to be out and about. We actually do find a rattlesnake crossing the road just past the visitor’s center on this morning’s walk after our trip to town, and we take a wide berth.
Once back at the van and settled in to do some reading to get out of the wind that is beginning to blow, Charlie spots this cute guy

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And later this fella capturing his evening meal.

Chihuahuan Spotted Whiptail

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Sunday we just get our walk in and are back at the van when the wind kicks up as it seems to do every day about mid-morning. Really kicks up. It is soon blowing so hard the side doors will not stay open and the windshield cover keeps coming loose and flipping up over the roof. In the distance the dust is beginning to whirl and it isn’t long before the Little Florida Mountains are obscured by the swirling dirt.

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I scurry around closing windows, the back doors, and get the Chiweenie Brothers out for a quick potty break then it’s back inside and the side doors are closed. As morning fades and early afternoon shows up the temperature begins to rise. It gets to the upper 80s and it becomes very uncomfortable in the van with windows and doors closed. Totally tolerable when one can open the doors and windows; almost unbearable with it is closed up. The hours drag. Every half hour or so I crack open the side door for a bit to get a bit of fresh air inside. I can feel the grit in the air.
By early evening the dust settles and the winds quiet a bit, but still makes its presence known and probably will through the night. We can now leave windows and the side door open. The cooler evening air is heavenly.
Thanks for coming along! Hugs, Shawna

CURRENT READ: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. This book sometimes reads like a teen’s novel, but it isn’t a bad book.

Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves. —Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Rock Hound State Park

Thursday the 23rd of May we head out early. A coffee at McDonalds, the boys pushing in close in case I order a sausage McMuffin—I don’t—and I catch I-10 (Freeway! UGH!) to Deming NM where I search for the dog park.
We find it pretty easily, and it is a beauty. No less than eleven mature shade trees, mulberry and juniper, make the small dog side a shady oasis. The big dog side looks equally as shady. Having it all to themselves this early in the morning, The Chiweenie Brothers run full tilt until they can run no more.

With two exhausted wiener dogs napping, I hit Wally for supplies, and then drive the short distance to Rock Hound State Park where I purchase a New Mexico State Parks Pass good for an entire year of camping, up to two weeks at a time, in their parks’ primitive campsites. Primitive being tables with shade covers, fire rings, and a garbage can. Water is available and showers, too. All for the sum of only $225 . Did I mention this is for an entire year? *smiles*.

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So there it is, our summer adventure: Exploring New Mexico’s state parks! So glad you are coming along for the trip! Hugs, Shawna

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Our View

 

Deming, NM, Rock Hound S.P.

October 23, 2017. After a night in Walmart’s parking lot in Las Cruces, we head out. Hopping on I-10 we head west. I have no particular spot in mind for tonight’s stop, but once I see the sign for Rock Hound State Park, I know this is where we’ll stay. We take the Deming, NM exit and follow the signs.
Rock Hound is situated in the Little Florida Mountain range. It’s not the biggest park, but it’s one of the cleanest we have been in. The bathroom/showers are immaculate. The spiders are still big and this one comes ambling through our site as I begin unpacking the items needed to make our one-night stay comfortable: Solar panel set up and the one-burner propane burner for cooking dinner and making morning coffee. My camp chair with fold down side table. We’re set!
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I encourage him to leave without violence and so long as he stays away and doesn’t talk any of his friends into coming around we will stay at peace with each other.
This large, rugged mountain at the back of the park prevents the internet signal from reaching us and there are towers just on the other side of the mountain. I can see the tops of them, but no ATT signal gets through.

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The hillside is covered with paddle cactus. It must be a gorgeous site in the spring when they bloom!
The only drawback here is the one vault toilet shared between the non-electric and the day use area, and it’s located in the day use area. If you are in one of the six non-electric sites as we are you have to go down and around a gully to get to it. Not good if you have an emergency! LOL. The bigger bathroom with flush toilets and the showers are located in the electric sites. The water spigot is there also.
There is a short hiking trail with a manageable incline that takes you to a view point that overlooks the valley below and the Big Florida Mountains in the distance.

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And as the park name implies, there are various gemstones that can be found here if you are so inclined to search.
On Tuesday morning after a fabulous shower in the cleanest park bathroom/shower area I have ever been in we head out. Guess which direction? Ha!
Thanks for stopping by 2Dogs! Hugs, Shawna