This morning I went for a drive north of my current boondocking location to the Monticello area of Elephant Butte State Park which had been recommended by Barney the old fat man as a possible camping area.
Elephant Butte state Park is a huge place, the part I'm at now is the main headquarters part of the park but there's plenty more of the Park including camping spread out 6 or 7 miles north of where I'm at. And more camping a couple of miles south of me near the dam.
The first thing I found out was the Monticello campground was full. I don't think that was because of the Easter holiday, but I could be wrong. I was there at 9 o'clock this morning and the holiday campers won't start coming in to the Park where I'm at until this afternoon. But I drove through the whole Monticello campground and there wasn't a single spot empty which really surprised me because the place was kind of out in the middle of nowhere.
But my main interest was boondocking and looking at a Park map it showed some primitive camping in the area so I headed off down a dirt road to see what that looked like. The road was pretty beat up and wash boarded and after a mile or two it started getting narrower and rougher. By then I'd decided I didn't want to pull the Arctic Fox down it so I turned around and never got to see what the primitive camping looked like.
I saw some places off the sides of some of the roads I was on where it looked like folks had been boondocking, some of them looked okay and others looked kind of sandy. This whole place around here is a mix of dirt that's easily drivable and sandy areas that are questionable. And even though my truck has four-wheel-drive my highway tires are all but useless in soft sand, so I'm extra cautious about my off-road driving in places like this.
The weather was beautiful this morning so it was a great day to go driving around in a part of the park I'd never been to before. One thing I noticed was the area I was visiting was kind of far from the water and noticeably warmer, I guess being close to the lake like I am the evaporating water keeps things a little cooler than ambient temperature so with the temperatures in the 80s it's actually more comfortable near the Lake.
Look what I spied this morning on some distant mountains. I know it sprinkled a little rain around here last night but it was still warm outside. Altitude makes all the difference in the world. The buildings are part of the town of Elephant Butte.
Some yellow wildflowers I found in my travels today.