The marina and boat launch area view from my boondocking spot at elephant Butte state Park
It was a beautiful day today and there were a lot of people out fishing and boating. Since I'm up on top of a hill overlooking the marina, the boat launch area, and a large part of the lake, I get a good view of all the boaters coming and going.
Being a fisherman myself and having had boats in the past I've always found it ironic how many boaters will drive their boat 2 or 3 miles down the lake and end up fishing on the same shoreline that they could easily have driven their car to and stood on the bank and fished the exact same spot.
I know there's plenty of other reasons why people have boats and I've probably used every one of those reasons to justify the boats that I've had, but in the end I have known very few people, including myself, that used a boat enough to justify the cost.
I took a little more video today of one of the other campgrounds at elephant Butte state Park. It's another hookup campground but it's nicer than the one I took video of the other day, the sites weren't as close together, and since it was built on the side of a hill there were three different levels and you had a nice view in one direction without looking at the back of somebody else's trailer. But to accomplish that they had to all be back in sites. Which I of course try to avoid out of a concern for the safety of my neighbors while I'm backing in.
All in all there are a lot more camping opportunities at Elephant Butte state Park than I realized. Of course there's the beach area where you can camp, but I also see people just pulling off the road and camping in the dirt. but once you pull off the road or drive down to the beach things get pretty Sandy. So if you're not able to tell the good sand from the stuck up to your axle's kind of sand it's probably best to stay on the main roads.
Part of the elephant Butte reservoir. Which by the way, was made by building a dam on the Rio Grande