Since I didn't dream about fire or pie I took it as a sign that it didn't matter which way I go when I leave the Walmart parking lot in Socorro, so I flipped a coin and it came up Valley of Fires which made me happy because every place I go makes me happy.
It was really windy this morning which was a big surprise to me and quite possibly the weatherman who predicted calm this morning. It wasn't a dangerous wind, or I would've spent another night in the Walmart parking lot, but it did make driving a little more intense and it dropped my fuel mileage down to about 8 miles per gallon.
I got here about 9:30 and found all of the boondocking spots that I would fit into taken but there were several hookup sites which have water and electricity empty so I moved into one of those. Since Valley of fires is a BLM campground I whipped out my geezer pass and got a water and electric site for nine dollars a night. I signed up for two nights but I may stay a few more depending on the weather and how long I feel like being here.
The wind continued to howl all day so I stayed hunkered down in the Arctic Fox and didn't even bother to unhitch. So it will be tomorrow before I get a chance to walk around and do anything.
I had an easy, and uneventful, 1 Hour drive up Interstate 25 to Socorro New Mexico this morning and cruised into the Walmart parking lot about 10 o'clock. And by 10:30 had set up the Arctic Fox for live aboard status, and bought a few groceries to show my appreciation for being allowed to overnight in their parking lot.
Just about lunchtime the winds picked up and started rocking the trailer a little bit, not enough to be uncomfortable, or to convince a lazy guy like me to go out and put the jacks down, but just enough to make me glad I'm here in the Walmart parking lot and not out on the highway.
I enjoyed my three nights boondocking next to the Rio Grande and will do so again if the need arises. But I did notice that it was somewhat warmer there than it was up on the ridge at Elephant Butte state Park.
I don't think it was because of the lack of a breeze in the Canyon, like Barney the old fat man had heard about, because sometimes it was pretty breezy while I was there but it was still hot. My guess is either there wasn't enough water in the river evaporating to cool the area. Or the sides of the hills, which were mostly rock and dirt with very little vegetation, was radiating the heat down to the campground. Either way it was getting pretty hot and I'm glad to be on the move again.
I don't know where I'm going when I leave here in the morning, but I'm thinking of either heading east towards Pie Town, or West towards Valley of the Fires. That's a tough decisions to have to make between fire or pie so I'll probably sleep on it and make a decision based on whether I dream about fires or pies. I don't know which one it will be but I do know I have a sudden urge to step into Walmart and buy a pie, maybe that's a sign.
My Walmart boondocking spot Socorro New Mexcio.
The only fish I saw in the Rio Grande were Carp and there were a lot of them. Most places consider Carp a trash fish and try to eradicate them by any means possible. By the looks of it the water conditions were so poor that Carp were probably the only fish that could survive there.
One of several Spanish Bayonet Yucca plants growing in the Walmart parking lot.
Another beautiful but hot day, it's again in the low 90s which is enough to make me long for a cooler climate. I spent the day packing up, hitching up, and getting ready to ease on down the road early tomorrow morning. I want to leave as early as possible because it's supposed to get real windy during the day so I want to get off the road as quickly as possible. I may only go as far as the Walmart parking lot in Socorro New Mexico, which is about an hour away, it just depends on which way the wind is blowing.
These inch and a half wide blue wild flowers are my favorites around here. There's a lot of them around in various stages of development so I thought I would show what this thing goes through to become a flower.
The bud splits open and starts Looking very strange with tentacles coming out the top.
The tentacles get longer and longer and the green things start looking like teeth that are going to eat anything the tentacles catch. I stay away from the plant during this stage.
Just when you think the bud can't get any weirder the tentacles roll up and end up looking like a woman with her hair full of curlers. That's freaky.
Then the remaining inner tentacles shrink up and become the flower's center. The whole thing looks like an alien life form that came to take over the earth. But since the whole plant is only about 4 inches high that doesn't seem too likely, but I'm not taking any chances so I'm leaving tomorrow.