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Walmarts and pretty sunsets don't usually go together, but sometimes you gotta take what you can get.
I moseyed down the road to Storrie Lake State Park and am now ensconced in a nice campsite with the only cost to me being four dollars a night for electricity, which I wouldn't bother with except it's still darn cold at night around here.
And speaking of cold, it was 27° outside when I woke up this morning in the Walmart parking lot and just about the same inside the camper. After getting some diesel fuel at $4.39 a gallon, I headed over Raton Pass, thinking I might drive out to Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton and see what the deal is. But when I got to Raton, it was still 27° outside, and I figured that since the State Park is in a canyon, and canyons are colder than just about any place else, I figured heading South was my best plan, and trying the canyon another time.
Most electric campsites at Storrie Lake State Park are reservation only, but there are a few that are first come, first serve, which the New Mexico State Park system confusingly calls "walk-up" sites; as if you have to hike to get to them. But anyway, I got one of their walk-up sites and paid for electricity for two days, which will give me enough time to relax, unwind, and figure out what I would like to do next.
I only saw one person boondocking when I got here, so it appears there are only 289 boondocking sites left.
From here, I'm pretty sure I'm going to the Bosque Del Apache because it's a couple of hundred miles further South, and due to the nighttime temperatures, further South definitely sounds like where I should be right now.
My first night of boondocking at the beginning of my winter travels. A good place to boondock, and a great place to shop.
My camping spot at Storrie Lake.
This is a picture of the hills on the other side of Storrie Lake, where some of the forest fire was a couple of years ago. In the forest you can see light brown areas, where the dead trees are still standing.
See the SUV on the lower left side of the picture next to the lake? Next to the lake, and near the Lake, is all boondocking, And covers a lot more area than you can see In this picture