An Ocotillo [O-co-t-yo] bloom. I've never had much luck taking pictures of Ocotillo blooms because they're usually up high on the top of the plant and I can't get close to them. But this one was growing on the side of a steep hill and I was able to climb up above it so I was close to the bloom.
I spent a very peaceful night last night. The trailer that was here when I got here left, and now a couple in a tent with two kayaks took his space, so there's still only two of us here at the campground. I hope they didn't plan on using the kayaks here because they would be severely disappointed in the condition of the Rio Grande. But at least they would be safe because to me it doesn't look knee-deep in the deepest part. And an Olympic long jumper could easily hop over the entire river without so much as getting a Nike damp.
Most of the traffic on the campground road are the Lago Rico Inc. people that work here, and the residence at the end of the campground road is apparently their headquarters. I was right about them having something to do with the Elephant Butte Lake marinas, as I saw one of the guys, that drive by my boondocking site all the time working at the Marina on this end of the lake.
It's definitely getting hot around here, it's hitting 90 every day but the lack of humidity keeps that somewhat tolerable, but nonetheless I'll be glad to get out of here Monday and hope it's cooler wherever I end up.
The Elephant Butte Dam. Look at the almost empty Rio Grande, that's pretty sad.
My boondocking site at the Paseo del Rio campground. The Rio Grande River is behind the large trees.
This white wildflower has lots of petals just like the purple one I put on my blog yesterday, except this one is about the size of my little fingernail, it's really tiny.
There was a Hot Rod running around the campground today.
I got to the Paseo del Rio campground at about 8:30 this morning, I really didn't need to get here that early but I was awake, and packed up with nothing to do so I just came on over here. When I got to the campground there was no one here except the trailer that was here yesterday so hopefully it won't get crowded this weekend.
I had no trouble at all getting through the front entrance, and it looked to me like anything but the largest trailer could make it through, so my earlier concern was for naught. There's a fine line between senseless worry, and just being cautious.
When I got here there were already people parked in the "day use" parking lot walking their dogs and walking the trail that runs alongside the Rio Grande. I guess they come out early to beat the heat that is becoming more and more prevalent in this area. It looks like it's definitely time for me to start ambling North before it gets uncomfortable this far South.
I moseyed down the road that runs through the campground towards the dam as far as it goes, and it ends at the old fish hatchery where private property signs give fair warning you have reached the end the owners hospitality. There's a house there that appears to have been built at the same time as the hatchery, and someone is living there, maybe it's a caretaker.
The setting sun got stuck behind some thick clouds and things turned pink for a while.
This wild flower is about an inch and a half wide and grows in spots around here. It caught my attention because it grows kind of low to the ground and the purple pedals pop out against the drab background.
I found the Elephant at Elephant Butte state Park.
I went into town this morning, picked up a few groceries, and topped up my fuel tank. Once I get to the Paseo del Rio campground tomorrow morning I don't plan on coming back into town again, I'll just leave from the campground and go straight out to I-25 and head North.
I stopped by the Paseo del Rio campground on the way back to Elephant Butte State Park. I started worrying about the park entrance last night because the entrance is a little narrow and you have to make a hard left turn right there. There's some big rocks and concrete structure at the entrance that gets in the way of a sharp left turn while pulling a trailer. I wanted to look it over again to make sure it wasn't going to be a problem.
After a thorough looksee, and some complicated mathematical equations, I determined that I could make the turn but I wouldn't want to try it with a longer trailer. Driving on into the campground there was already a fifth wheel in their that wasn't there yesterday and It looked about the same size as the Arctic Fox so I assume I can get in okay.
I drove through the campground to a spot I'd planned on staying and discovered that there was a couple of trees in that spot that has really low branches that I would definitely hit if I pulled into that site. So I located another perspective boondocking spot that looks like it will work out just fine.
The campground looks very old and obviously was not designed for large RVs. It also looks like if it was almost full it might be difficult to turn a large RV around and head back out of the campground. I plan on getting over there fairly early tomorrow morning because there is a weekend coming up and some folks start looking for camping spots on Friday, and since there's a lot of sites that I won't fit into I want to get there early so I won't have much competition.
Weird flowering bush that has flowers made up of lots of little flowers.