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Sunrise Saturday morning. The crowds look very similar to what I've seen here during holidays, I wonder why that is?
It started getting really busy around here after lunch yesterday, with people pouring into the Park, and by late afternoon it started looking almost like it was a holiday. I've spent many ordinary weekends boondocking in this area, and I don't ever remember seeing it as crowded as it is now, except when I've been here on the Easter holiday.
I'm not sure why that is, but here are a few thoughts on possible reasons. I know some countries celebrate May day for various rationalizations, but I don't recall May 1st being anything special in New Mexico. May 5th is Cinco de Mayo, so maybe this is an early start to that Spanish tradition. Next weekend is Mother's Day, but this weekend seems a bit early to be celebrating that, and most of the folks boondocking on the beach seem to be more interested in fishing than their mothers.
One of the things that it could be is a general feeling in the population that they want to get outside after being cooped up by government mandates for so long. Especially in New Mexico, where the state parks were closed very quickly and for a long time, which as we now know was probably the worst thing to do. It's not like the government wasn't warned that people packed into apartments is not ideal for avoiding the Bat flu.
And remember boondocking on the beach or anywhere else in the New Mexico state parks just opened up last weekend, so the folks that boondock on these beaches around here haven't been able to do so for a long, long time.
But last and not least, and this reason ties in with the previous reason, there could be many folks who were dying to get their brand new shiny RV out camping and get their equally shiny new boat wet. And I would imagine that RVs weren't the only thing that people decided to run out and buy during the pandemic.
Those of us that are into the RV lifestyle tend to relate everything to RVs. But maybe during the pandemic, RVs weren't the only thing folks were interested in, perhaps it was more of a desire to escape the problems caused by the pandemic, and hobbies, particularly ones that offer an escape similar to the way RVs do, have also become more popular.
I haven't looked into this very deeply, so mostly it's a wild guess, but I know for one reason or another that gun sales have gone through the roof, and yes, guns are a hobby. Boat sales are booming, and motorcycle sales are setting new records.
So it looks like maybe there's more going on here than just RVs. It could be people are just getting deeper into their previous hobbies or starting new hobbies that they'd always wanted to try, but not enough to spend the money to get involved. But maybe the Bat flu caused folks to take a deep and disturbing look into their own mortality, which made them want to do more to enjoy their life while they still can.
So, does it affect me? You're darn tootin it did. It appears to me everybody packed up their families into camper vans and filled up all my boondocking spots.
I was wondering how folks got their RVs leveled down on the beach because there's no flat areas all the way down to the waterline, and it seems like this is the most common way.
You get out your entrenching tool, and dig until your RV tires on the high side are half buried.
I did see one guy that raised up the low side, and it looked like he had about every stick, board, and brick, that he could find stuffed under his RV tires.
And speaking of tires, I've noticed just about everybody on the beach has somewhat gnarly tires on their pickup trucks that will get them through the sand a lot better than my highway tires.
This is the fifth wheel that I mentioned in my blog a couple days ago, because I hadn't seen anybody around for a long time, and suggested he might have a free boondocking pass and is leaving his camper here all the time and just using it on the weekends.
And It looks like I was right. He pulled in late yesterday afternoon and unloaded his pontoon boat next to the fifth wheel, and now it all makes sense. He couldn't pull the fifth wheel and the pontoon boat at the same time so he just leaves the fifth wheel here.
Ahhhh, at long last, darkness slowly creeps over the beach, and the sounds of nature lull the weary campers off to sleep..... Not really! The cacophonous sound of what passes for music is drowned out by the raucous noise of 10 or 15 contractor generators running full blast.