Clicking these pics you might get sand in your flip-flops.
Me aimlessly wandering around on the beach, searching for a spot that's semi-level, trying to avoid the crowds, and all without getting stuck in the sand.
I drove the 3 miles back to Elephant Butte State Park from my boondocking spot on the Rio Grande River and wandered around the park for a while, searching for a spot that I liked.
There were only two empty boondocking spots on Ridge Road, and I was not too fond of the looks of either one of them, I absolutely refuse to camp near anybody that looks as raggedy as I do. So I drove down to the main beach and looked around. There were two problems on the main beach, one was the soft sand in a lot of places, and the other was the difficulty of leveling up on the beach.
There's not much I can do about the soft sand; you either get stuck in it or you don't, and other than getting out of the truck and walking a few hundred feet ahead to check the condition of the sand, there's not much I can do to keep from getting stuck.
Leveling up the camper is a real problem on the beach. And remember, the camper is not the problem; I could live in a camper so slanted I would have to tie myself to the bed so I wouldn't roll out if I had to; things like that don't bother me. The problem is getting the refrigerator level. These old refrigerators have to be pretty level, or they will barely work. Newer refrigerators like in the Arctic Fox aren't a problem. They work just fine even if they aren't very level. But the Broncos refrigerator needs to be very level, or it won't get cold enough.
So after some looking at different spots, I ended up over at Marina Beach. The sand down here is mostly drivable, but I still have to be careful, and instead of camping on the really unlevel beach, where leveling up would've been a major production I'm boondocking away from the water in an area that would normally be considered the dunes, but it's still drivable.
I think I will like it here, at least I do so far. I'm a couple of hundred feet away from the crowd, so at least I'm far enough away they won't disturb me. But it will be interesting to see what happens this weekend when a normal amount of people show up to camp.
Eventually I settled on this boondocking spot. As you can see its fairly close to the beach, and yet far enough away that the noisy crowds won't bother me.
If I were fishing, or had a boat, I would probably be right down on the beach with them. But since I don't, there's no reason for me to be down there taking up a valuable fishing spot, or boat launch area.
This is my view of the beach and the Marina from my boondocking spot.
Why do I find myself humming Margaritaville all the time?
I think I'm going to like it here. Living near the beach will give me a chance to walk around on the beach and learn more about driving in this sand, and maybe find some more boondocking spots in this area.