Pics left over from rockhound , they're not as bad as they sound, some pics look good,. But knock on wood, none of them held me spellbound.
I moseyed up the road to City of Rocks State Park in New Mexico this morning. Knowing I had a reservation for a boondocking site to stay for two nights, which I figured would give me time to get into a first-come, first-serve site when one opened up. But it just so happened there was one first-come, first-serve site already available when I got there, which meant that I was faced with a conundrum.
The first-come, first-serve site is what I wanted because I can stay here for two weeks if I want to, and it doesn't cost me a dime. The problem is the site is so unlevel I'm pretty sure I don't have enough leveling blocks to make it level enough for my refrigerator to work properly.
On the other hand, about 100 yards away, I have a boondocking site reserved for two nights at four dollars a night, which appears to be pretty level already. But I can't get that eight dollars returned because that's the price Reserve America charged me to reserve the site. If I cancel, I won't get any money back because Reserve America has a penalty for refunds that are more than the four dollars a night I paid to reserve the site. I can think of only one place where I would love to see Reserve America end up, and it's not Heaven.
So at the moment, I'm sitting in the unlevel spot, and my options are...
Learn to love, and live with, the unlevel site.
Stay in the level reserved site and hope a better first-come, first-served site opens up, and I can get to it before anyone else does. But remember, these first-come, first-serve sites are hard to get because full-timers with annual camping passes know they can stay in one for their full two-week limit without worrying about reservations.
Since I've used the term first-come, first-serve so many times in this blog post I thought I would point out that Reserve America and a lot of other places don't use that term, they use the absolutely confusing term of "walk-up" site. If you don't know a whole lot about camping and you see that there's a walk-up site available somewhere, I think most normal people would think that you would have to park your car and then walk to the campsite carrying your tent. In other words a walk-up campsite would be a tent campsite, and not for RVs. I think anyone can understand first-come, first-served campsites, but a lot of places insist on using the confusing "walk-up" term.
So anyway, not knowing what else to do, I reckon I will sleep on the problem and see if it magically goes away in the morning, or I roll out of the bed and right out the door in the middle of the night.
Deming New Mexico at night.
Rockhound State Park sunset.