Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Just another dam campground: Caballo Lake State Park, Riverside edition

I heard reports of wind returning, so I stayed another night at Paseo Del Rio ("River Walk"? "Ride of the River?"). Its protected geography, and the solid structures, make it a good place to ride out the wind rather than ride in it.

My eyes are down here!


THE Elephant Butte. 

 I was feeling a little bored and restless, so I scoped out Caballo Lake State Park. The upper park filled me with meh: campsites are closer than toes in a shoe, and the boondocking area is a big dirt lot next to the boat launch.

The lower site? CaballOhh, yes. It just feels good here. There are more campsite choices than I have ever seen, anywhere; you can even get a full hook-up site (electric, water, and sewer) for $18/night ($8 with your annual pass. You have one, right?). There are also the water/electric sites for $14/$4, and three categories of "developed" sites.

You can camp at Percha Flats for $8/free. It offers some fire rings (fire restrictions apply right now) and a pit toilet.

You can camp inside the park next to the Rio Grande with covered picnic tables. These are close to two bathrooms/shower houses and water. Or, forego the shelter and get more secluded further down the road. You can help yourself to the pit toilet at the end of the road.

Millenicom customers got an April First email that wasn't fooling.

Due to increased data costs from the upstream carrier all Millenicombroadband accounts (Hotspot, Advanced and Standard Plans) will allow for20GB of data transfer for $89.99 monthly beginning May 1, 2014. 

In the event you require higher usage, Millenicom can add data in 20GBincrements for $89.99.  This means you no longer need to purchase anadditional device, activation and shipping, to acquire more than 20GB of data. 

Please note you can track usage online by checking the usage field at thebottom of your plan link from the products tab in the Members Center. 


Check out Technomadia's take on the changes. I'm going with their relief that Millenicom's service will continue, especially now that I've suffered through to the ahhh of good, fast, reliable Internet with the Pantech device.

Delmas Howe paintings on the Truth or Consequences civic center:

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Lynda Bogart Stilley said...

Well we just need to go there, period. I love it just from your great photos and writeup. Oh and those paintings in T of C. Maybe after the winds. October might be good, eh?

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Just arrived back in New England. Your pictures make me homesick the southwest. Elephant Butte is freaking AWESOME!

larry said...

Nice photos, putting this on our list of places to see,thanks.

Bob Giddings said...

There used to be a good vegetarian cafe in TorC called the "White Coyote". But that was 10 years ago....

Me and My Dog . . . and My RV said...

Beautiful paintings - last time I was at Elephant Butte I didn't go into T o rC - this year I'll have to wander around a bit and see all these great shops and restaurants. :)

Kimbopolo said...

Got the Millenicom email about the rate hike last night. Nauseating. But ... thanks so much for the Technomadia link - it does put things in perspective. But I'm still nauseous.

Good Luck Duck said...

I know, Kim. It disappointed my stomach, too.

Oh yeah, Barbara, T or C is worth browsing. Don't set your hopes on lots of hoity-toity (although that exists if you know where to look).

Bob, I think the White Coyote still exists. I don't know why I always forget to go there.

You won't regret it, Larry.

I agree, Cyndi!

Lynda, I was there last year in October and really enjoyed it.

Leigh said...

Great photos as always. How was the cell service at Caballo?

Good Luck Duck said...

Leigh, at Riverside I get respectable 3G without a booster, and respectable 4G with it. It's also a bit sheltered; I don't know how much that has to do with signal.