The last couple of days have been chilly and windy. Chilly isn't that hard to deal with but wind messes up everything. The wind was blowing hard enough to shake the Arctic Fox a little bit but once outside the Arctic Fox the wind made it hard to accomplish anything.
At one point yesterday I thought I might go outside and put down the rear stabilizer jacks, but the winds calmed down a little bit so I never got around to putting the jacks down.
I usually don't put the rear jacks down which I guess is kind of odd since I see other people setting up their trailers and one of the first things they do is put down the rear stabilizer jacks. I think last year I only put my jacks down two or three times, and that was only because it was very windy and the trailer was moving around a little bit. But normally when I'm camping I don't notice the trailer moving around when I'm walking inside so I usually forget about them unless it gets pretty windy.
I haven't done much sightseeing in the City of Rocks because of the wind and I haven't seen many other people walking around either. I'm hoping tomorrow will be a little better, I know it's supposed to be a little warmer, and the wind is supposed to be around 15 or 20 miles an hour which is a whole lot less than it's been for the last two days.
One of these days I want to drive into Silver city, which is the big town in the area, and see what it looks like. I drove through Silver city maybe 20 years ago and my memory is that it was mostly a tourist town. But I'm sure they have a grocery store and I think I'll need one in a couple days.
In the visitor's center they have some paintings on the wall that explain why these giant rocks are sitting out here in the middle of nowhere. And it appears my theory that the rocks were put here by the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce to attract tourist was not correct, Or so they want me to believe. Their theory is that a volcano, which by the way, I don't see around here anywhere, erupted back before I was born, which makes it hard for me to prove otherwise, the ash from the volcano magically turned into rocks, along comes some erosion and badabing badaboom you have a state Park.
That story doesn't make sense to me. For one thing I had a fireplace, I took the ashes out all the time, and none of that ash ever turned into rocks. If all of this ash covered the area then it must have covered up some animals, so how come I don't see any dead cats or dinosaurs or unicorns sticking out of the rocks? And lastly, why did they put a state Park right next to a dangerous volcano? And even more lastly, why don't they have any Wi-Fi here, did the volcano wipe that out to?
These and many other questions need to be answered. But when I ask the Park Rangers they just stand there with there mouth hanging open unable to even pretend they have answers to any of my questions, I guess they're not used to having to explain this embarrassing cover-up.
Cloudy weather at the City of Rocks state Park
Boondockers at the City of Rocks state Park
These are the hookup sites at City of Rocks state Park