I had an easy, and uneventful, 1 Hour drive up Interstate 25 to Socorro New Mexico this morning and cruised into the Walmart parking lot about 10 o'clock. And by 10:30 had set up the Arctic Fox for live aboard status, and bought a few groceries to show my appreciation for being allowed to overnight in their parking lot.
Just about lunchtime the winds picked up and started rocking the trailer a little bit, not enough to be uncomfortable, or to convince a lazy guy like me to go out and put the jacks down, but just enough to make me glad I'm here in the Walmart parking lot and not out on the highway.
I enjoyed my three nights boondocking next to the Rio Grande and will do so again if the need arises. But I did notice that it was somewhat warmer there than it was up on the ridge at Elephant Butte state Park.
I don't think it was because of the lack of a breeze in the Canyon, like Barney the old fat man had heard about, because sometimes it was pretty breezy while I was there but it was still hot. My guess is either there wasn't enough water in the river evaporating to cool the area. Or the sides of the hills, which were mostly rock and dirt with very little vegetation, was radiating the heat down to the campground. Either way it was getting pretty hot and I'm glad to be on the move again.
I don't know where I'm going when I leave here in the morning, but I'm thinking of either heading east towards Pie Town, or West towards Valley of the Fires. That's a tough decisions to have to make between fire or pie so I'll probably sleep on it and make a decision based on whether I dream about fires or pies. I don't know which one it will be but I do know I have a sudden urge to step into Walmart and buy a pie, maybe that's a sign.
My Walmart boondocking spot Socorro New Mexcio.
The only fish I saw in the Rio Grande were Carp and there were a lot of them. Most places consider Carp a trash fish and try to eradicate them by any means possible. By the looks of it the water conditions were so poor that Carp were probably the only fish that could survive there.
One of several Spanish Bayonet Yucca plants growing in the Walmart parking lot.