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The other day I took a walk down a road here at Storrie Lake state Park that I've never been all the way down before.
Reason being is the road has a gate on it and the gates almost always locked when I've been here, but it's unlocked now, so I decided I should walk down there and have a look see. There's actually hook up campsites at the end of the road but I don't think I've ever seen them being used.
I had a legitimate reason for walking down the road and that being the road crosses the river that flows into Storrie Lake, and I wanted to get a picture of that raging torrent, and the bridge that spans it.
As I was walking down the road it appeared that someone had just cut the grass alongside the road and left the clippings laying in the street. But getting closer I could see that wasn't the case.
Some type of plant was slowly growing up from under the pavement, pushing the asphalt up as it went.
Bumps in the road were common as these hardy plants slowly made their way up from the dark dry earth underneath. It made me wonder how did these plants grow from a seed, with no water, and no sunlight.... It didn't seem possible.
In some spots pieces of upside down asphalt were laying 6 or 8 inches away from the plant as if violently hurled away from the hole by this unknown, but apparently unstoppable, plant.
Though somewhat disconcerting, I figured I would be safe as long as I didn't stand still in one spot for too long, or, Heaven forbid, lay down in the road and take a nap. So I continued on towards the campground.
I'm not sure why this campground is not being used, It looks like a nice place to be as far as I can see, because it's away from the main area, probably a lot quieter and definitely not as busy.
Continuing on a couple hundred feet past the campground I came to the bridge over the raging river I'm looking forward to seeing, and found that before I tow the Arctic Fox over it, the bridge needs a little infrastructure money spent on it, hopefully it will be in Biden's future roads and bridges plans since it was obviously passed over during the Obama shovel ready projects plan.
In the real estate business this bridge would be known as a fixer-upper.... A few nails, a little paint, a couple hours of sweat equity, and it will shine like a new penny.... Cars will fall through the bottom, but the bridge will LOOK great.
After all this walking, imagine my disappointment when I looked over the edge of the canyon wall, and finding there was no raging river, no tumbling torrent, not a steady stream, nor a tiny trickle, not a danged drop.
I can stand right in the middle of the river without even getting my feet wet, so as for the current condition of Storrie Lake .... I think I found the problem.
With no water coming in, but plenty of water going out through evaporation, even someone like me with no expertise in water management can easily see that the Lake is unsustainable in its present situation.
Sad though it is, there's nothing I can do except help support New Mexicos State Parks by buying their annual nonresident pass. Other than that, all that can be done is to hope this Western drought ends soon or this State Park is going to become the, Where Storrie Lake Used To Be State Park.