My Boondocking spot at Caballo Lake State Park New Mexico
I had a nice peaceful night last night, there's only about four other people camping here that I can see and the nearest one to me is about 200 yards away.
There's a group of teenage boys and a handful of adults camping across the lake from me. When I first noticed them I thought they might be Boy Scouts because they seemed to be doing everything as a group and they weren't loud or raucous. But I didn't see any of them in uniform so I don't know what kind of a group they are.
This morning they put their canoes in the water and went paddling around the lake, and since sound travels so well over water, I could hear them talking, and laughing, and having a good time in general.
A bunch of kids having fun on the lake
I think there are too few kids that are able to get into the outdoors and have a good time like these kids are having. And unfortunately there are even fewer parents, or other adults that will take them. It's very sad.
I walked up to the "Iron Ranger" this morning and paid for two more nights of camping, so it looks like I'll be leaving here Monday morning.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the Iron Ranger, it's a metal pipe about 8 inches around and 4 foot tall that's embedded in the ground at one end, a metal plate welded on the other end, and a small slot in the side where you put your envelope with your information and your money in. A lot of parks have "Iron Ranger's" that you pay if the real Rangers not around.