I left the Belen Walmart this morning around 6 o'clock and drove about 2 1/2 hours to Storrie Lake state Park in Las Vegas New Mexico, and managed to get here unscathed despite driving through Albuquerque rush-hour traffic. Of course Albuquerque rush-hour traffic is not all that bad. In fact Albuquerque rush-hour looks like Denver's normal traffic.
I've been to Storrie Lake state Park probably a dozen times and I've never seen this many people here before. I was here last year and I think it was in May, and there was probably four or five other people here, but today there was only two or three empty spots left in the main campground. I haven't looked in the other parts of the campground yet, and there's plenty of room to boondock near the Lake but the area where I always stay was busier than I've ever seen it. I hope this isn't a sign of the times and us baby boomers aren't going to fill places like this to overflowing like we've done throughout our existence.
If I can find things to keep me interested I'll probably stay at this park until it's time to mosey on up the road to Colorado. I think one of the things I will do is take a day trip to Santa Fe. I feel safe leaving the Arctic Fox here all by itself for a day and I've always wanted to spend more time in Santa Fe. I've been there a couple of times before but I didn't stay long so I haven't seen much of what there is to see in the town.
I've been giving some thought to how I could sleep in the cab of my truck. I got to thinking that instead of getting an inexpensive small tent for an overnight stay on my mini vacations it would be a lot better to be able to sleep in the truck. It would be warmer, the wind and rain wouldn't be a problem, I wouldn't have to deal with setting up a tent, and the Bears would have more difficulty using me as a midnight snack, or at least it would slow them down and give me more time to get my gun.
The problem is being 6 feet tall there's very few ways to lay in the front of a crew cab truck without folding yourself up like one of those maps from long time ago. Back in the day I've tried sleeping in the front seats, very uncomfortable. I've tried sleeping crossways in the back seat but I couldn't straighten out, and that gets annoying pretty quick. It seems like the only way it's possible is to remove the passenger seat and sleep diagonal, with my head in the back seat driver side corner, and my feet in the passenger's side front corner. That was the only location I could get my tape measure to measure 72 inches without folding up.
And even after taking out the front seat I still couldn't sleep on the floor, I would have to build a temporary "plywood bed", as high as the console, that could be removed after my mini vacation is over, to make it work.
This sure sounds like a lot of work to me and maybe the small tent is easier. But I've had some run-ins with black bears before and I feel better with some glass and metal between me and them than something called 75-denier coated polyester taffeta that tents are made out of. I don't think anything with taffeta in the name is going to slow down a bear.