I'm enjoying the area like a camper does now, out at Elephant Butte State Park. It's the perfect time of year to be here - crowds are thin and the flies are thick - temperatures are perfect. Chris invited me to share her campsite for a couple of nights. Spud is pretending to be her toad.
I showed you how Spud was packed just before I left. Here's the realistic version after one night:
I spent two hours re-organizing. The last load is always a few bags of things I forgot to pack earlier, and granola bars. Annie and David sent me off with extra food, too, and some homemade preserves.
Here's a boat launch area. The good old days. This last flood didn't quite restore the lake.
Sue told us about a campsite I hadn't heard of, on the way to Monticello. I went to check it out for future reference. I'll refer to it in the future.
There are hot showers and a heated shower room here. Bursts of hot water last for ten seconds, but you are welcome to re-burst as much as you want.
Chris' campsite is really nice. I've never been down this way, and it occurs to me that paying $4 "extra" for a really pretty and convenient site with free showers beats the boondocking sites on the main drag with coin-op bathing. Thanks for clueing me in, Chris!
My Spud-bed is comfortable, but not as comfortable as the bed I got used to, so last night was my adjustment period. Today I bought a pillow. I must be pretty comfortable after all, because I'm telling you about buying a pillow. Any greater comfort and I'll be telling you what it's made of, ripping off the tags, and describing my favorite sleep position.
(this is not the pillow)